1 Mar

Lord Coe Says Glasgow Can Emulate London

Sebastian Coe

Chairman of London 2012, Sebastian Coe, says he expects Glasgow to follow London's lead by holding the best ever Commonwealth Games in 2014. The head of the British Olympic Association was at Shawlands Academy this week to promote Glasgow's bid for the 2018 Youth Olympics and talked about the "extraordinary opportunity" Scottish athletes have to inspire a generation.

He said: "There is absolutely no reason why every event should not be better than the one before. It's very important that Glasgow is a huge success and I know they will be massively successful. I sat in Shawlands Academy talking to some of the local sportsmen and women, some of the young kids who are now playing at a very high level. They're all thinking about the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics. Some of them are going to be too young for the Commonwealth Games, but the very fact that sport is in their backyard makes a massive difference."

With Jessica Ennis confirmed for the Games and Usain Bolt expressing an interest in competing, Lord Coe expects the cream of international athletics to be in Glasgow for the competition: "The best assessment that is made of a career is about medals won in major championships. If you're not here, you can't win medals."

Lord Coe will be in Gothenburg this weekend for the European indoors athletics championships, where the British team includes Scotland's Eilidh Child.

He was optimistic about her chances: "I think she can medal. Eilidh maybe hoped to do better in London but I think she is strong enough to want to come back and show she has learned and absorbed those experiences from London.

"Glasgow in a year and a bit is a good opportunity. She is very talented, and the Commonwealth Games is a big opportunity with a home crowd. If you think back to the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1970, it was the making of Ian Stewart, Lachie Stewart, Rosemary Stirling.

"Some fantastic athletes came through in their own backyard and went on to carve out really strong international careers. Hopefully, the same will happen after Glasgow."