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Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony will celebrate Glaswegian and Commonwealth values, claims director

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

The Opening Ceremony will embrace Glasgow and the rest of the Commonwealth, it was insisted this morning ©ITGAn "innovative, individual and inclusive" Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be a party celebrating Glaswegian values but in a way that will have resonance for the rest of the world, head of ceremonies and creative director David Zolkwer promised here today.

We don't seek to wag the finger on LGBT rights, says Scottish Minister

By Gary Anderson at Glasgow Caledonian University

Humza Yousaf says it is not the Scottish Government's role to point fingers over LGBT rights ©Humza YousafScotland does not seek to dictate to fellow Commonwealth Games countries when it comes to rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, claimed the Scottish Government's Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, here today.

Veteran judoka Burton selected as host nation Flagbearer at his first Commonwealth Games

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

Judo player Euan Burton has been announced as the Scottish Flagbearer for Glasgow 2014 ©Getty ImagesJudo star Euan Burton has been announced as the Scottish Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014.

Minister must "decide what is important for the future of sport in the UK" - Sparkes

By David Owen

"Significant progress" was being made by the water polo team before their funding was withdrawn by UK Sport. British Swimming chief David Sparkes has said ©Getty ImagesThe chief executive of British Swimming has made a strongly-worded call on UK Sports Minister Helen Grant to "decide what is important for the future of sport in the UK", in the wake of funding cuts to team sports such as water polo and basketball that he says are "attractive to women".

World number one heptathlete Johnson-Thompson withdraws from Glasgow 2014 through injury

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

World indoor silver medal winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games due to injury ©Getty ImagesEngland's heptathlon prodigy Katarina Johnson-Thompson has become the latest big star to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games through injury.

Prince Harry pays surprise visit to students training to report at inaugural Invictus Games

By Paul Osborne

Prince Harry paid a visit to students participating in a social media training day ahead of the Invictus Games in September ©Getty ImagesStudents in East London training to become digital media champions ahead of the inaugural Invictus Games in September have been treated to a surprise visit by Prince Harry.

Spectators urged to organise travel plans for Glasgow 2014 - as survey finds half have not

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

Traffic restriction are in place across Glasgow with just two days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesUp to half of the one million ticket holders for Glasgow 2014 still need to finalise or make travel plans for their events, with just two days until the Opening Ceremony here, a survey has indicated.

Footballers and Olympians expected to figure highly in first Ghana Sports Excellence Awards

By Nick Butler

Despite failing to progress from the Group Stage at the FIFA World Cup the Ghanaian football team should feature prominently in the inaugural Sports Excellence Awards ©Getty ImagesAsamoah Gyan and the rest of the Ghanaian football team will expect to feature prominently at the maiden edition of the Ghana Sports Excellence Awards taking place later this year.

Gold for Olympic champion Robeiri at World Fencing Championships

By Emily Goddard

Ulrich Robeiri (pictured left) has claimed gold in the men's épée final at the World Fencing Championships ©Getty ImagesFrench team Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Ulrich Robeiri has claimed gold in the men's individual épée final at the World Fencing Championships in Kazan.
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