Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with JudoScotland, Scottish Cycling and Scottish Disability Sport, has confirmed today the sports specific selection standards required for nomination to Team Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games for the sports of judo and cycling. These are in addition to the criteria laid down in the General Selection Policy published in November 2011.
This means three sports have now agreed the sport specific standards required for athletes to put themselves in the frame for competing at Glasgow 2014.
In judo, the competition format for Glasgow 2014 consists of individual events, with the following weight categories:
Men: 60kg; 66Kg; 73Kg; 81Kg; 90Kg; 100Kg; +100Kg Women: 48kg; 52Kg; 57Kg; 63Kg; 70Kg; 78Kg; +78Kg
A maximum of two competitors per weight category can be entered with a maximum entry of 14 judo competitors, split seven men and seven women. For Judo the selection period will run from 1st May 2013 – 30th Apr 2014.
Welcoming the publication of the 2014 judo selection policy and standards, David Somerville, National High Performance Judo Coach said: “We are delighted that judo is back on the Games programme for the first time since 2002, and for the majority of JudoScotland athletes this publication signifies the start of their Commonwealth Games journey.
“I am pleased that JudoScotland and Commonwealth Games Scotland have been able to work together on this policy to ensure that it can be communicated at the earliest opportunity. I believe this allows our athletes to shape their preparations over the coming months, enabling them to achieve the highest selections standards possible and in turn convert this into positive results during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”
In cycling the competition comprises track sprint and endurance events; road races and time trials and mountain bike cross country. The maximum number of athletes selected for each event will be three except the road race where it is six and men’s team pursuit, four.
Cycling.jpgWith the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome close to completion there is huge anticipation and excitement around the track cycling programme which for the first time will see the inclusion of para sport events including tandem track cycling events, in which Glasgow’s Aileen McGlynn is current Paralympic champion and along with Aberdonian Neil Fachie they are both World Championship medallists.
Graeme Herd, Scottish Cycling Head Performance Coach commented: “The 2014 Commonwealth Games presents very exciting opportunities for our athletes to not only represent Scotland but to compete in our home country, in the host city of Glasgow.
“The aim of this document is to ensure that Scottish Cycling and CGS select a team of athletes capable of competing with distinction at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Scottish Cycling’s performance team has already commenced training for the qualification period, beginning January 2013, which we anticipate will provide a competitive team for Glasgow 2014.”
The cycling selection period will run from 1 January 2013 – 15 May 2014.
Elinor Middlemiss, Games Team Operations Manager, who has been responsible for driving this area of Team Scotland preparations forward added: “I am delighted that the judo and cycling selection policies and standards have been published today. We are making good progress with nine other sports and I am confident that we will have all everything in place for all 17 sports by the end of the year which can only be good news for our athletes.”
The finalised selection policies and standards for judo and cycling are available to download at either www.cgcs.org.uk or www.judoscotland.org.uk and www.scottishcycling.org.uk