Sport
Commonwealth Games start Wednesday
Publish Date: Jul 21, 2014
Commonwealth Games start Wednesday
Kipsiro is the Commonwealth 5000m and 10000m defending champion
  • mail
  • img
newvision

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.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pool League: Kingpin Gumikiriza confident of victory
Skin Samona Pool Club team captain Alfred ‘Black Sheep’ Gumikiriza has promised table leaders Gals 'fire' when the two teams clash in the national league on Sunday....
Boxing: National title fight for Thursday
Ugandan boxers will on Friday fight for national titles at Calendar Rest House in Kampala....
Seals swimming Invitational starts on a high
Ten year-old Kenya Torpedo Club''s Daryl Anjichi Anambo and 14 year old Ken Lohol were the stars on day-one as the Seals Invitational Swimming Championship kicked off at Kampala Parents School Swimming Pool, Thursday....
Rugby Cranes focused ahead of Africa Tier 1B Tournament
Rugby Cranes team captain Brian Odongo is confident his charges will triumph against Ivory Coast in Sunday's opener of the Rugby Africa Tier 1B Tournament at Kyadondo Rugby Club....
Sponsors will quit FIFA without reform - ex official
A former top FIFA official who left after criticising its president Sepp Blatter has warned that big sponsors will start leaving world football''s governing body unless major reforms are undertaken....
14 teams for Seals Invitational gala
SEALS Swim Club Chairman Tefiro Serunjogi believes the Seals Invitational Swimming Championship will go a long way in improving Ugandan swimmers...
Do you think Ugandan graduates are the worst in the region?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter