Scottish Comedian Gets Involved With The Games
The excitement of the London 2012 Olympics may have finally died down but it's only two years until the next huge sporting event arrives in the U.K. Scotland's biggest city Glasgow will be the host of the next Commonwealth Games, which take place between July 23 and Aug. 3 2014. There will be 256 medal events across 17 different sports, with 72 national teams competing.
Today it has been announced that Scottish comedian Billy Connolly will act as an ambassador for the Glasgow Games, joining Olympic medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington. The organisers say they chose Connolly as he is a "world-famous example" of the Scottish sense of humour and friendliness. The news is a positive turn of events for Billy, who received bad press a few months ago when he was booed off stage during his U.K. tour.
The mascot for the Games has also been revealed, a "thistle man" called Clyde. The character was designed by 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld, a town near Glasgow. Clyde, named after the river which runs through Glasgow, is the first Commonwealth Games mascot who is not an animal since the tradition was introduced in 1978.