Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has today spoken of her pride at the overwhelming success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. After being awarded the Games in 2007, they have been hailed as the “standout Games in the history of the tournament” by Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive, Mike Hooper. The Games came to a close on Sunday night with a spectacular closing ceremony which crowned what was a fantastic 11 days for the City.
Over these 11 days, 140 Commonwealth records were broken with athletes from 71 nations and territories from across the Commonwealth competing in 17 sports. An incredible 1.2 million tickets were sold to spectators who saw Scotland finishing fourth overall with a record haul of 19 Gold’s and a best-ever tally of 53 medals.
Ms McTaggart said “I was delighted to see Glasgow roll out the red carpet to the thousands of athletes, officials and visitors to the city over the past couple of weeks. It was a celebration of sport and culture unlike anything the city has ever seen in what was the largest sporting event in Scottish history. The atmosphere across the city both at the venues and the Live Zones was fantastic, as was the enthusiasm shown by hundreds of thousands of Glaswegians who celebrated the Games with their usual sense of friendliness and fun.
So many people worked hard to ensure this success, not least Glasgow City Council and the Organising Committee whose meticulous planning ensured the smooth running of the Games. In addition, we must recognise the important part played by Scotrail who transported over 1.1 million people to the 13 games venues safely. This was a massive operation and I acknowledge the exceptional work done by their staff.
I must also pay tribute to the thousands of volunteers who helped make the Games such a resounding success. The 15,000 Clyde-siders and 1,800 Host City Volunteers did Glasgow proud and were the heart and soul of the Games, helping visitors navigate round the city, providing information on the sports programme, the live zones and the many cultural activities the city had to offer.
The ‘Back to Ours’ party was a great way to end the Games and we now look towards the future with confidence and with a commitment to ensuring it’s legacy is a positive one, the benefits of which are felt by all Glaswegians.”