With the countdown clock unveiled at Glasgow’s Central Station on March 10th, less than 130 days are left until the Games begin. This will be the third time that Scotland plays host with Edinburgh having held the games twice previously in 1970 and 1986.
The city has pulled out all the stops to ensure that the venues and Athlete’s Village will be ready for the 6,500 plus competitors and officials. The city has already felt the benefits from the completion of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Perhaps the prettiest venue is for the lawn bowls at Kelvingrove Park. Competitors and spectators will sit in the shadow of Glasgow University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. All of the venues are in the Greater Glasgow area with exception of high diving and full bore shooting. These are taking place in Edinburgh and Carnoustie respectively.
17 sporting disciplines are included this year: Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling. 70 teams from around the world will be competing during the 12 days of the Games.
Games organisers are hopeful that the British stars of the 2012 Olympics such as Mo Farah, Tom Daley, Nicola Adams and Bradley Wiggins will be part of the games. The darling of the 2012 games, Gold medallist Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill will not be competing as she is expecting her first child this year. Jamaican athletics superstar Usain Bolt is expected to decide whether he will run in the 200 metres in June.
Team Scotland has realistic medal hopes in the shape of Swimmer and Glasgow native Michael Jamieson, Daniel Purvis in Gymnastics, Eilidh Child in Hurdles, Euan Burton in Judo, Imogen Bankier in Badminton, Mickey Yule in Weightlifting and Jen McIntosh in clay shooting.
For those not thrilled by sporting events the Games Committee have also undertaken a cultural celebration with scheduled events in Glasgow and around Scotland. Music, theatre, film, comedy, literature and the visual arts are all represented. A full list of events can be seen online at https://www.glasgow2014.com/culture