Team bosses visit Games venues

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Team bosses responsible for top athletes from every part of the Commonwealth were due to arrive in Glasgow today (Tuesday, 28 January) for an in-depth insight into Glasgow 2014, marking an important milestone for the Games.

Chefs de Mission and senior members of the Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) from all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth begin a four-day seminar which will provide them with the information they need for their teams for this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Chef de Mission is the name given to the person from each association who is responsible for looking after all staff, athletes and officials from their CGA.

They are the main point of contact for the Organising Committee (OC) at Games time and manage all the preparation and knowledge each team needs for the Games.

The programme will take team bosses through the Glasgow 2014 Games experience from the athletes’ perspective from arrival and preparation through to competition and Ceremonies to check out and final travel arrangements.

As part of the programme the Chefs de Mission will be welcomed with a civic reception hosted by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, and will visit the Emirates Arena and the Velodrome, the Athletes’ Village and Hampden Park as part of their venue familiarisation.

Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, said: “It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome the heads of all 70 Commonwealth Games national teams, the Chefs de Mission, to Glasgow for the final preparatory seminar before the Games.

“This is an ideal time for Glasgow 2014 and its partners to showcase the venues now in situ and the plans for Games time, both critical for ensuring teams are ready to support the delivery of an athlete-centred, sport-

focused Commonwealth Games.

“We remain confident in our delivery and look forward to a week of successful meetings.”

Jon Doig, Chef de Mission for Scotland, said: “The seminar this week is a great chance for the Chefs de Mission to ask any last minute questions they have and to meet face to face with the team from the Glasgow 2014 organising committee. I think the Chefs de Mission will enjoy the interactive nature of the week and the many venues which will be covered off. Hampden in particular will be of real interest with the transformation and the new track installation as will the Athletes’ Village.”