June 29 - Mike Hooper, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), has admitted his organisation is "extremely disappointed" with the circumstances that led to the resignation of John Scott (pictured left) as the chief executive of the Glasgow 2014 and joined calls for more light to be shed on the matter.
Scott stepped down from his £179,000 ($286,000) a year job this week after what Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Robert Smith cryptically described as "an error of judgement he made in accepting, and not declaring, an offer from one of Glasgow 2014's potential suppliers, in breach of the Organising Committee's strict Gifts and Gratuities policy".
The lack of any substantial facts from Glasgow 2014 regarding the sudden and mysterious departure of Scott, who is highly regarded in the organisation, has led to various unconfirmed rumours being spread about the incident and even seen senior Scottish Government officials, including Labour Culture spokeswomen Patricia Ferguson, claim that the public have a right to know the full details of Scott's decision.
Hooper, who is also a member of the Board of the Organising Committee, has said that he fully supports the decision taken by Lord Smith to accept the resignation of Scott but he backs the calls for further disclosure of the facts involved in the issue.
"The CGF is extremely disappointed with what has occurred in Glasgow which has led to the resignation of their chief executive John Scott and supports the position taken by the Chairman of the Organising Committee Lord Smith," Hooper told insidethegames here in the Sri Lankan capital where he is part of the CGF Evaluation Commission inspecting Hambantota's bid for the 2018 Games.
"In doing so however, the CGF also supports the disclosure of the circumstances that led to Mr Scott's resignation."
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June 2011: Scott resigns as chief executive of Glasgow 2014 after "error of judgement"