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Appeal not to politicise the Commonwealth Games

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has called on the Glasgow 2014 games to be a celebration of sport and not used as a political football.

 

The call comes on the eve of the games kicking off. The 12 days of sport will see athletes from 71 countries compete for medals in what will be a celebration of sport. However, Dr Murray is adamant that the Games should not be hijacked for political purposes

 

Elaine Murray said:

 

"These games will be fantastic for Glasgow and Scotland and will hopefully see thousands of youngsters in Scotland getting more involved in sport.

 

"I was lucky enough to be slected in the draw to purchase tickets for a couple of events and am really looking forward to being there. I attended the Manchester Games in 2002 as Sports Minister and it was probably the most enjoyable ministerial function I undertook.

 

"I want to see these games be a celebration of sport as people across Scotland get to see world class athletes on their doorstep.

 

"What nobody wants to see, however, is these games being politicised.. No matter which side of the independence debate people are on, I hope we can all agree that the Commonwealth Games is nothing to do with politics."

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