Commonwealth Games 2014: What To Expect from the Upcoming Glasgow Showpiece

Commonwealth Games 2014: What To Expect from the Upcoming Glasgow Showpiece

Alex Bywater

Release Date

Thursday, April 17, 2014


With less than 100 days to go to the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, what can you expect from this summer's event?

After the success of London 2012, the Scottish organisers will be hoping the feel good factor from that event transcends north of the border.

Here is a low-down on all the goings on in Glasgow for the 2014 games.

Where is it?

The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3. The Games will be based at 14 venues, 13 of them in Glasgow and the surrounding area with the diving event taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

How many sports?

Athletes will be competing across 17 sports, including the usual events such as athletics and swimming. For the first time this year, rugby sevens forms part of the schedule with Wales, under head coach Gareth Williams, looking to make a big impact.

Who's involved?

With some questioning the relevance of the Commonwealth Games in today's ever hectic sporting calendar, the Glasgow authorities will be hoping some of the biggest names commit to the event. The likes of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah are yet to do so but from a Welsh point of view, Sport Wales will be hoping for some more memorable moments like Nicole Cooke winning gold in Manchester 12 years ago, David Davies triumphing in Melbourne in 2006 and hurdlers Dai Greene and Rhys Williams on the podium in Delhi four years later.

Who's missing?

Legendary Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy is the notable absentee and will miss what would have been his home games after retiring this time last year. Star track and field athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill won't compete either as she is pregnant with her first child.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets for the 2014 Commonwealth Games are currently off sale but for all the latest information, head to the official website.


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