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SBD Global/August 13, 2013/Events and Attractions

Commonwealth Games Organizers Announce Ambassadors, Ban Smoking At Venues

Jessica Ennis-Hill will join boxer Nicola Adams as Glasgow 2014 ambassador.
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).
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