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Life changing; ECK: 2014 WILL SPUR NEXT GENERATION.

Byline: By MARK SMITH

ALEX Salmond yesterday said work has begun to ensure Scotland delivers a Commonwealth Games to remember.

And he claimed hosting the event will "change lives" and have an immense impact.

He said Scotland was in a great shape as over 70 per cent of the facilities are already in place.

He added: "In terms of moving on from where we are now, where we have been successful and we have won this extraordinary victory here in Sri Lanka. On Friday we published the Commonwealth Games Bill and that will be introduced into Parliament tomorrow."

The First Minister said the key transition will be this week when the organisers - Glasgow City Council, the Commonwealth Games Association and the Scottish Government - set up a committee to oversee the 2014 event.

He added: "We will sit down together on Thursday and map out the key decisions on organisation that have to be taken. But within 100 days we will put in place key appointments and decisions that will take the Games forward to inspire the next generation.

"This committee won't be looking at delivering the games. We know we can do that. It will be looking at how we see the Commonwealth Games as a pole star for us, mobilising the next generation of young people in sport and healthy attitudes to life."

Asked which key factors had won the event for the country, the First Minister replied: "Scotland's international reputation stood us in good stead and gave us an emotional appeal to counteract what was a very strong campaign from Nigeria."

mark.smith@mirror.co.uk

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