21 Jul Glasgow 2014: why the Commonwealth Games will be a gold-plated triumph
A friend in Glasgow warns of no entry signs multiplying like bacteria in clammy petri dishes, and says that the Evening Times’ list of roads to avoid has become essential reading. Another tells of numerous patches of empty seats and spirit-squeezing queues for last week’s grand prix athletics at Hampden Park, a test event for the Commonwealth Games. Then there are the absent sporting galácticos. The suspected norovirus at the athletes’ village. And the other vague concerns, most of which will be blasted into irrelevance once the pyrotechnics and sing-along choruses of Wednesday’s opening ceremony get into full swing.
Let me make a prediction. The Commonwealth Games will be an enormous success. It will be almost unavoidable, unrelenting euphoria, and – if it can repeat the vibe of Manchester 2002 – quite a lot of fun. The scale and ambition of the BBC’s coverage, and the huge number of medals that will be won by British athletes, makes a gold-plated triumph almost inevitable.
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