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Commonwealth Games start Wednesday
Publish Date: Jul 21, 2014
Commonwealth Games start Wednesday
Kipsiro is the Commonwealth 5000m and 10000m defending champion
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Glasgow hosts the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games starting Wednesday, the third time it will be held in Scotland (Edinburgh 1970, 1986).

The opening ceremony takes place on 23 July at Celtic Park. The closing ceremony is at Hampden Park on 4 August.

17 different sports will take part with 261 events in total.

71 nations will be in Glasgow from Anguilla to Zambia.

Why Glasgow?

Glasgow, Abuja (Nigeria) and Halifax (Canada) all initially bid to host the event with Halifax pulling out. Glasgow beat out Abuja 47 votes to 24 denying the Nigerian capital the chance to be the first African city to host the Games.

Where it's at:

Hampden Park, Scotland's national football stadium with a capacity of 52,025, will be the main venue for the athletics and the closing ceremony.

Celtic Park will be used for the opening ceremony.

The venues, 70 percent of which already existed before Glasgow was awarded the games, are split into three areas - East End Cluster, West End Cluster and South Side Cluster.

East End Cluster:

The athletes' village will house 6,000 athletes and officials in 2,500 residential units.
Across the road from Celtic Park sits The Emirates Arena (capacity 4,500) which will host the badminton and track cycling.

Glasgow Green will host the marathon course, hockey and the start-finish line for the road cycling race and time trial.

Tollcross Park Aquatics Centre will feature the swimming events and sits 5,000 people.

West End Cluster:

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre will host wrestling, judo and boxing.
Kelvingrove Park is the venue for lawn bowls.

Next door is the Scotstoun Leisure Centre which will host table tennis and squash.

South Side Cluster:

Ibrox Stadium, home of Rangers FC, hosts the rugby sevens tournament. Mountain biking will be held on the Cathkin Braes in Rutherglen.
Hampden Park will host all the track and field events.

The official mascot is Clyde, a thistle named after the river which flows through the centre of Glasgow.

In and out


Triathlon mixed relay event, women's boxing and a number of shooting events for women have been added to the Games.

Archery, tennis, walking events, synchronised swimming and Greco-Roman wrestling have all been dropped.

Triathlon (2006), judo (2002) and mountain biking (2006) all return.

 

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