Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said that the opening of the Commonwealth Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow’s finest hours as the city commences two weeks of sporting events, with more than 4,500 athletes from across the Commonwealth expected to take part.
Mr Rennie, who will be attending the opening and closing ceremonies as well as badminton and athletics has said that the city had built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.
Speaking ahead of the opening ceremony this evening, Mr Rennie said:
“The opening of the eagerly awaited Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow’s finest hours. Having lived in the city for many years as a student I know that the people of Glasgow will warmly welcome the many people who have arrived in the city from across the world.
“I’m looking forward to taking part in the celebrations and to watching the world’s finest athletes compete in the friendly city. The organisers, volunteers and indeed everyone who have been involved in one way or another can be proud of their work in making the Games happen. Glasgow has built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.
"I wish everyone in Team Scotland, and all of the Commonwealth teams the best of luck for these events which many have spent years practising for.”