Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, today welcomed the news from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee that there will be a number of positive additions to the sports programme for 2014, on the back of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) sports review which reported last November.
The integrated para-sport programme has increased from 15 to 22 events across Athletics, Cycling, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting and Swimming. These events include tandem track cycling events, in which Glasgow’s Aileen McGlynn is current Paralympic champion and along with Aberdonian Neil Fachie are both World Championship medallists. There is also a welcome return for the triples Lawn Bowls event in which Scotland won gold in 2002.
Currently preparing for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Aileen McGlynn commented: “This is great news that Glasgow 2014 has extended the range of opportunities for Para-Sports in general, but particularly with the inclusion of track cycling. For me to be able to compete in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in front of a home crowd in 2014 as part of a fully integrated Team Scotland would be a dream come true.”
Michael Cavanagh concluded: “These changes are great news for Team Scotland. We have been working very closely with the governing bodies, Glasgow 2014 and the Commonwealth Games Federation during their review to try and secure a number of positives outcomes for Scotland and today’s news is extremely welcome".
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