London 2012 organisers’ pledge for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games
Seb Coe vows to do all he can to assist Glasgow 2014 organisers with their preparations for the Commonwealth Games
London 2012 chairman Seb Coe insists he will do all he can to assist Glasgow 2014 organisers with their preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
Coe was the guest of honour at an event, dubbed ‘Pass the Baton, staged at the House of Parliament and attended by Glasgow opposite number Lord Smith and a host of Scottish politicians and athletes.
Staging two of the world’s biggest multi-sport events in a two-year period offers unique challenges and the two organisers last year signed a memorandum of understanding to cover a range of issues.
But Glasgow’s hopes of tapping into the domestic sponsors who have spent over £700 million supporting the Olympics have so far been unsuccessful, although they claim the £32 million they’ve already been pledged is ahead of previous games at this stage.
“What this unprecedented opportunity has meant is that both organising committees have been able to work together to maximise the benefits for the country of hosting these major sporting events,” said Lord Smith.
“This memorandum of understanding delivers a key moment in Games history and underlines what a unique opportunity the Games would bring to the UK.
“This sharing of information, staff and assets provides support for London 2012, will prove invaluable for Glasgow 2014 and will ensure that both our organisations make the very most out of having two multi-sport Games within two years of each other in Great Britain.
“Following these very tangible exchanges there is also a greater legacy which will be left after these Games.
“This will be everything from the knowledge and skills learned by our people working on the events through to the businesses who will have had the opportunity to benefit by gaining Games-related contracts.”
Glasgow organisers will attend the London Olympics as observers and have already spoken about replicating 2012’s successful volunteering programme.
But it’s not clear whether Locog have provided any support on the controversial issue of ticketing, where their otherwise flawless planning has been badly let down.
One week after they opened and promptly shut the Olympic ticket resale problem, the technical issues with the website, which allowed fans to sell unwanted seats at face value, have not been resolved by ticketing partner Ticketmaster.