Lord Coe believes Glasgow can build on London 2012 Olympics success

Seb Coe believes Glasgow can build on the success of the London 2012 Olympics through hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and bidding for the 2018 Youth Olympics.

The chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) joined those backing the Youth Games bid at Shawlands Academy in the city’s south side on Wednesday.

Lord Coe said: "At Shawlands Academy alone more than 50 languages are spoken, and the young people here use this to engage with other young people across the globe, from Malawi to Bangladesh. Hosting the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 would allow Glasgow and the UK to continue to inspire a generation internationally, in their own language.

"I'm proud to be sharing the journey with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Glasgow 2018 as we bid to host the Youth Olympic Games."

Sports minister Shona Robison and city council leader Gordon Matheson welcomed the input of Lord Coe, who is the chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Ms Robison said: "The Commonwealth Games will see Glasgow offer a warm and inclusive welcome to the world, alongside 11 days of spectacular sport that will leave a great legacy for young people across Scotland. Whether it’s aspiring to be sporting heroes, discovering new connections with Commonwealth countries or gaining training or employment, the Games legacy will offer an unparalleled platform to build on and host an inspiring Youth Olympic Games."

Councillor Matheson added: "The achievements and ambition of the staff and pupils of Shawlands Academy exemplify what Glasgow, Scotland and the UK can contribute to the Olympic movement through the power of the Youth Olympic Games. This school, like many others across the city, demonstrates the vibrant, cosmopolitan and multi-cultural nature of our young population."

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