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LONDON 2012 chairman Lord Coe said today he was “impressed” with the preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Lord Coe visited Glasgow, which will host the Games, to meet young athletes and Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith.one advantage of the city’s bid to host the Games was that 70 per cent of its venues were already in place.Lord Coe was also shown Strathclyde Park, a satellite venue for Glasgow 2014. The park in Lanarkshire already has an established international rowing facility and regularly hosts triathlon events but it will be upgraded to ensure “the best possible experience” for athletes and spectators.The Commonwealth Games are on between July 23 and August 3, 2014.Lord Coe said having the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the UK was “an extraordinary opportunity” to develop the next generation of young athletes.he said: “I’m here to look at some of the preparations for 2014 in Glasgow and that’s important because we have a very close relationship as an organising committee. with the Commonwealth Games and that little event in London coming to fruition next year we really do have an extraordinary opportunity to encourage, inspire and drive more children into sport.”He was shown around the park facilities, which will host the 2014 Games triathlon, and described it as an “extraordinary venue” with “inspirational power”.he added: “To have that venue in your portfolio that Glasgow 2014 are going to be able to boast is really important. If you have world-class venues, you have so much more inspirational power for young people to take part in sport. So often they have been inspired by top athletes they have witnessed on their own doorstep.”

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