Cathcart MSP James Dornan today lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming news that Glasgow has been named on the 25 city shortlist as one of the world’s greatest sporting cities.
The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport’s City Awards are a bi-annual award recognising the best sporting cities in the world. Criteria met includes the relative size of cities, infrastructure, and, ability to host international events. Glasgow placed 11th on the list in 2010.
Amongst the other cities shortlisted are London, Sydney, Rio De Janeiro, Durban and the 2010 winner Melbourne.
Commenting James said: “Anyone who has been to a sporting event in Glasgow will know of the fantastic facilities and infrastructure that Glasgow has to offer. This includes Hampden Park, standing proudly in my constituency. Few will ever forget Zinedine Zidane’s wonder goal in the UEFA Champions League Final held at Hampden in 2002 and being further recognised on the shortlist of such a prestigious international list is something that all Glaswegians can be proud of.
This great city’s reputation will only be enhanced by holding the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the millions of pounds of investment into infrastructure in Glasgow, including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The Games will show the world yet again the mix of facilities and hospitality that ensures Glasgow is on the elite list of places to hold these events
The text of the motion is as follows:
That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on being placed on the 25-city shortlist of the world’s greatest sporting cities for the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City 2012 Awards; notes that this is a bi-annual award and in 2010 Glasgow was 11th on the list; further notes that cities such as New York, London, Durban, Rio and Sydney as well as the reigning champion, Melbourne, are among the other cities shortlisted; understands that Glasgow’s infrastructure, such as Hampden Park in the Cathcart constituency as well as the facilities being built for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, is one of the key reasons for Glasgow being placed so highly, and commends all involved in promoting Glasgow as a city of sporting excellence.