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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Car Free Delegate Impressed With Bid
Posted 11:31 am ET (GamesBids.com)
Representatives from Vanuatu, Nigeria and St. Helena have left Glasgow after spending the weekend investigating venues and viewing presentations on Glasgows bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Joe Carlo, President of the Vanuatu Amateur Sport Association and National Olympic Committee said he was very impressed over what he has seen in Glasgow. My impression is that the athletes would have a fantastic time if the Games came to Glasgow. The athletes are the most important issue here. It is so important that they feel safe and that they are well looked after. When they are competing they have to be provided with a safe place, a home away from home, and they would have that in Glasgow.
He added, having seen and heard about the venues my impression is that Glasgow is ready. With so many venues already ready and the ideas for constructing new facilities in place there will be a good legacy for sport afterwards which is a great thing.
Carlo also praised the plans drawn up for the Glasgow 2014 International Broadcast and Main Press Centre and called it the most amazing set up for the media.
Meanwhile as the final countdown starts toward the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) selecting a host city for the 2014 Games, more details were revealed about Glasgows bid.
Organizers have promised car-free Games with spectators travelling by free public transport. Up to 325,000 spectators a day will be offered free public transport and there will be no public parking at any of the venues. Ticket holders will be provided with passes for buses and trains, and organizers hope many will cycle or walk.
Most of Glasgows venues would be within 20 minutes of the athletes village in the East end of the city. By 2014 the 500 million pound M74 extension, the Glasgow Airport rail link, and the 69 million pound East End regeneration route should be completed.
More than 10,000 athletes, officials and journalists will travel in buses using dedicated Games Lanes where traffic lights will turn green to speed up journeys, reports the Evening Times.
Bid director Derek Casey said, we are confident in the existing infrastructure and funding being in place for the new transport projects, which will help enormously. The Games will take place during a holiday period when there is less traffic and public transport use. The extra traffic will effectively bring it up to normal levels.
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