October 4 - The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Coordination Commission have today begun their formal inspection of Glasgow 2014 with a four-day visit to the Scottish city.
The five-man Commission, chaired by Canada's CGF vice-president Bruce Robertson, will access the progress in all aspects of Glasgow's preparations for the event including venues, transport, security and safety, workforce planning and the Athletes' Village.
The visit is the first inspection in a series of six, with just over 1,000 days to go until the Games.
"My colleagues and I are delighted to be working in Glasgow over the next week," said Robertson.
"We're all looking forward to a very useful and productive series of meetings and detailed briefings.
"Our objective is to review the progress Glasgow 2014 is making and support the chief executive and his team in the tasks they have ahead of them."
Robertson is joined on the Commission by Kenyan Olympic Committee (KOC) chairman Kip Keino, executive director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Andrew Ryan, Commonwealth Games Council for Wales director Chris Jenkins and CGF chief executive Mike Hooper.
The Commission will be supported by a panel of technical advisors who will join the delegates in their meetings and during the tour of the venues.
"We are delighted to be welcoming the Commonwealth Games Federation's Co-ordination Commission to Glasgow on what we hope will be an interesting few days for them as we give detailed reports on our progress," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.
"We are especially keen to ensure that we make a positive impression and underline the strength of the partnership between the Games Partners.
"We look forward to getting the Commission's reactions to our areas of progress."
The Commission is the main vehicle through which the CGF monitors and reports on progress in Games preparations and they are tasked with evaluating all aspects of the progress from the Organising Committee to ensure Glasgow 2014 are on track and on budget to deliver a successful Commonwealth Games.
"Glasgow 2014 is no longer a distant prospect, the venues and infrastructure are rising from the ground in Glasgow and all across Scotland people are getting involved and feeling the excitement that the Games will bring," said Shona Robison, Scotland's Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.
"Glasgow and Scotland are proud to be hosting the Commonwealth Games and I welcome the CGF members on their first ever visit to the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.
"With little more than 1,000 days to go before the start of the Games, this inspection is a welcome opportunity to show the delegates the excellent progress that has been made to date and that planning remains very much on time and on budget."
Councillor Archie Graham, executive member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, added: "I am sure Glasgow will offer a warm welcome to our guests from the Commonwealth Games Federation, and that they will have an informative and enjoyable time in Scotland.
"I feel confident they will note the excellent progress being made in the delivery of venues and facilities for the Games."
Glasgow won the right to stage the 2014 Commonwealth Games after they comfortably saw off the Nigerian capital of Abuja by 47 votes to 24 at the CGF General Assembly in November 2007 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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