Sports Minister visits the Athlete’s Village

October 3, 2010

This afternoon, Team Scotland Chef de Mission Jon Doig and Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Michael Cavanagh, welcomed the Minister for Public Health & Sport Shona Robison, into the Athletes’ Village.

The Minister toured the village with Jon and Michael, taking time to drop into the team’s main accommodation block to meet some of the athletes. She also visited the dining area and the wrestling and weightlifting training venues before taking in some of the spectacular welcome ceremony for Rwanda.

Jon Doig said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister into the Village this afternoon. The Scottish Government is a great supporter of Team Scotland, and the Minister herself is passionate about the success of our athletes. I am glad she got the chance to speak with some of the them before the Games begins, and I know she will be cheering us on from the stands.”

Following her visit Shona Robison said:
“It has been a great pleasure to visit Team Scotland in the Games Village and see their living quarters first hand.

“After what has been a challenging few weeks where accommodation has come under close scrutiny I am pleased to see the athletes adapting to and enjoying life in the Village and even more importantly eager to get on with the competition.
“The members of the team I have spoken to today seem more than happy with the standard of their accommodation but we will continue to keep a close eye on the situation to ensure this remains to be the case.

“I would again like to take this opportunity to commend the ongoing positive attitude of Team Scotland, the efforts of the advance party in readying the Games Village and the media for their positive coverage of the team all the while reporting on the realities of the pre-games period.

“The Opening Ceremony is almost upon us and I look forward to what I hope will be a very successful few weeks for Team Scotland.”

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