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Commonwealth Games organisers tight-lipped on which team is heading to Falkirk

Commonwealth Ganes mascot Clyde joins MSP Shona Robison and Scottish hockey player Holly Cram at Comely Park Primary School in Falkirk. Picture: Gary Hutchison

Commonwealth Ganes mascot Clyde joins MSP Shona Robison and Scottish hockey player Holly Cram at Comely Park Primary School in Falkirk. Picture: Gary Hutchison

 

The Commonwealth Games might be coming to Glasgow - but at least one nation’s team of athletes will be based right here in Falkirk.

The Falkirk Herald can reveal that talks have been going on since last year to welcome a number of competitors to the district as they prepare for the sport spectacular, which takes place from July 23 - August 3.

Organisers were remaining tightlipped this week over which nation is likely to be heading to Falkirk to make use of its sporting facilities.

But it’s hoped the team will make public appearances and take part in exhibition events with local sports clubs.

A total of 70 countries will be sending teams to the games, including host nation Scotland. They will compete in a total of 17 sports and 261 medal events.

A spokeswoman for Sportscotland said: “Some Commonwealth countries are in discussions with Sportscotland and various local authorities throughout Scotland regarding the possibility of their athletes, or athletes in particular sports, holding training camps ahead of the Glasgow Games.

“We have been liaising with Falkirk Council and one of the competing nations about the possibility of a training camp, but these discussions are ongoing, so we are not yet in a position to elucidate the details.”

 

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