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Canada and New Zealand give Glasgow the thumbs-up after visiting the Host City in preperation for 2014

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Commonwealth Games Associations from Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales were in Glasgow this week to see how the city is preparing for the 2014 Games and were “hugely impressed” with the progress Glasgow has made.

The Commonwealth Games Associations, who are responsible for ensuring the best possible representation from their country at the Games and the well-being of their athletes during competition, met key members from the Organising Committee during the three-day visit and attended a number of key briefing sessions.

They also had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the city, and went to see the Games Village and the various venue sites across Glasgow that will host the 11 days of sporting competition in three years time.

Representatives from across the Commonwealth will continue to visit Glasgow in the build up to 2014 and early impressions indicate that Glasgow is on track and is in fantastic shape to deliver a “truly memorable” Commonwealth Games.

Jake Wilkins, New Zealand's Team Services Director said: â€œI was hugely impressed with Glasgow 2014's desire and commitment to re-define what it means to deliver a truly athlete centred Games, and there is a real opportunity for this aim to be realised in 2014. These visits are crucial, it allows us to meet the team behind Glasgow 2014 and also gives us an insight of what to expect during the Games.”

Don Parker, England's Sports Director said: â€œGlasgow is a fantastic city and really is on track to deliver a truly memorable Games.  The city can only benefit from hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014; there is a compact feel about the location of the venues that we saw, relative to the Games Village – a crucial factor in allowing the Commonwealth's best athletes to compete at the highest level.”

Scott Stevenson, Canada's Acting Chief Executive Officer said: â€œThere is a clear consistency throughout the Organising Committee in the vision and approach towards 2014.  The enthusiasm from everyone over the three days was exceptional and there is real blend of experience and creativity behind everything Glasgow 2014 is doing.”

Jon Doig, Scotland's Chief Executive said: â€œThe ability for all CGA's to input directly into planning will have a direct outcome in ensuring a great Games for the athletes, the city and Scotland.

Chris Jenkins, Wales' Chief Executive said: â€œThere was a real openness from everyone we met at Glasgow 2014 and I was impressed by how far down the line Glasgow is already and in particular the venues already being developed like the Velodrome