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Olympic Gold Medalists Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams "have been named as the latest ambassadors for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow," according to Nick Drainey of the LONDON TIMES. Swimmers Michael Jamieson and David Carry, as well as Scotland's "most successful" Commonwealth Games athlete, Allan Wells, "will also be sporting ambassadors." They join Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, comedian Billy Connolly and actor Martin Compston. Ennis-Hill, Adams and Jamieson "will star in a poster campaign" as well as a TV advertisement narrated by Scottish actor Kevin McKidd and featuring music by DJ Calvin Harris. It will be aired in Scotland and the north of England from next Monday "as one million tickets for the Games go on sale" (LONDON TIMES, 8/12).
NO SMOKING: In Edinburgh, Lyndsay Buckland wrote "smoking will be banned around sporting venues" at the Commonwealth Games. Smoking "will not be allowed within venues, in line with the ban on smoking in public places, and be prohibited within site perimeters." In addition, "sales of tobacco will banned at competition venues as well as in the Athletes' Village." However, "smoking will be allowed within designated areas at the accommodation for athletes." Glasgow 2014 said this fell within World Health Organization guidelines as to what constitutes a "smoke-free" sporting event. The organizers said the measures made it the "most progressive smoking policy at any major sporting event held in Scotland" (SCOTSMAN, 8/12).
BOLT CONSIDERS GLASGOW: The BBC reported world 100m champion Usain Bolt said that "he is keen to make a first Commonwealth Games appearance in Glasgow next year." Bolt: "On 'off-years' I try not to stress myself too much, but I've never been to the Commonwealths so that's something I'm thinking about. It's always something good to add to the resume" (BBC, 8/11).
Athletes were "again left staring into empty space" on the third day of the World Athletics Championships at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium "where the lack of crowds has become as big a talking point as the performances on the track," according to Alison Wildey of REUTERS. After winning his 400m hurdles heat on Monday, Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Sanchez said, "It's dead. There's no atmosphere. It's like night and day compared to London last year." After the unprecedented support in London, where every session was packed out, "many of the same athletes have been plying their trade almost anonymously, with only the world's media for company at the event which began on Saturday." Not even the presence of the sport's biggest name, Usain Bolt, and the showpiece men's 100m final on Sunday "could persuade the locals out of their homes and the Jamaican celebrated his win in a stadium two-thirds full." The morning sessions, which consist of heats and combined events, "have been hit hardest and the stands are practically deserted as world-class athletes at the peak of fitness ply their trade while the noise of the PA system echoes unintelligibly around the vast stadium." It is left to a few hundred dedicated Ukrainians, all dressed in blue or yellow tops, "to brighten the atmosphere by enthusiastically clapping and cheering their country's athletes, though their isolated outbursts of noise serve only to emphasize the emptiness" (REUTERS, 8/12).
The warmth of the reception for the Ashes in Chester-le-Street over the past three days has been noted by the England and Wales Cricket Board "as it ponders how the next wave of international fixtures, including the 2019 Ashes, should be allocated," according to Richard Hobson of the LONDON TIMES. ECB Managing Dir of Professional Cricket Gordon Hollins is working with the Major Match Group, "which ultimately determines who plays where, to consider tweaking the controversial bidding system for a second time in recent years." Games are worth an increasing number of millions to the regions as well as the host clubs themselves, "thus the enormous competition to stage them." Ashes matches for the next home series in '15 "have been allocated already to Lord’s, the Kia Oval, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and the SWALEC Stadium." One view within the ECB is that "a series gains value in terms of interest by taking a game to a less established venue." Hampshire may be the beneficiaries if such thinking continues to gain momentum with Chair Rod Bransgrove "keen to bring an Ashes game to the Ageas Bowl" in '19 (LONDON TIMES, 8/12).
Thousands of Australian Football League "club members could miss out on finals tickets as Victoria's powerhouse clubs surge towards September," according to Peter Rolfe of the HERALD SUN. The "strong performance of Victoria's most popular clubs, and an unprecedented growth in club memberships, mean fans will be scrambling for seats next month." The clubs "have a combined membership of almost 140,000, meaning tens of thousands of members could miss out on a seat," even if the game is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Richmond cheer squad President Gerard Egan said, "If we play Collingwood getting a ticket will be a very tough thing. We've got 60,000 members, 10,000 hangers-on and we will be everybody's second favourite team in September so Etihad (Stadium) won't hold us." The MCG "can hold no more than 100,000 fans for finals," but many seats are designated for corporate buyers and members of the Melbourne Cricket Club. Etihad Stadium "can hold an estimated 55,000 fans and is likely to host a match between a Melbourne-based club and an interstate team" (HERALD SUN, 8/13).
The Iran, Philippines and South Korea national basketball teams won Gold, Silver and Bronze, respectively, at the FIBA Asia Championship, which ended Sunday. Those three teams all secured their places at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. It is the Philippines first trip to the FIBA World Cup since '78, and South Korea's first since '98. The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) also confirmed that Australia and New Zealand have qualified (EFE, 8/12). ... Organizers for the 2015 Asian Cup said that A-League clubs will promote Korea at matches next season "in efforts to raise Australians' awareness of Asia and football in the region." Australia will host the next Asian football showpiece and organizing committee CEO Michael Brown said that the '15 tournament had been awarded a A$40,000 ($36,775) grant from the Australia-Korea Foundation "to increase Australia's understanding of Korea" (AFP, 8/12). ... Wushu Federation of the Philippines President Tan Shei Ling announced that the WFP would bid to host the 13th World Wushu Championship in 2015 "after the success of the recently concluded Asian junior championship at the Makati Coliseum" (MANILA TIMES, 8/12).