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Weightlifting heavyweight praises Glasgow 2014 as tickets sell fast for the competition

Sports fans have been urged to snap up the last remaining tickets for an amazing spectacle of strength and determination at the Weightlifting and Powerlifting.

International Weightlifting Federation President, Dr Tamas Ajan, received a Recognition of Service award from the Commonwealth Games Federation this morning, Saturday 26 July, and is delighted to be visiting Scotland again urging spectators not to miss out.

Speaking at a press conference at the Commonwealth Games main press centre today, he said:

“I am delighted to be back in Scotland and even more delighted that I do not need my umbrella - which was the first thing I bought when I got to Edinburgh. This is my 10th Commonwealth Games since 1978 and I would like to do at least another two. If someone asked me the reason why then I would say it would be because it’s the most-friendly Games.”

Over 350,000 tickets have been sold for ticketed events this weekend with capacity crowds for Athletics (100m M preliminaries), Aquatics (Swimming), Cycling (Track), Hockey, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Squash and Shooting

And there are still some tickets available – for sessions of Weightlifting, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Badminton and Table Tennis. Tickets can be bought on the website at or by calling0800 458 2014. They are also available on the door with the Venue Ticket Offices opening from 8am tomorrow morning. Spectators are advised to arrive in good time to buy or collect tickets as it is expected to be very busy.

One of the major highlights of the weekend will be the Glasgow 2014 marathon which will take in some of the best sights of Glasgow, cross the River Clyde four times and is free to spectators.

Legendary marathon runner, and Team Australia Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti reflected on his team’s impressions of Glasgow so far.

He said:

“It is great to be back in Scotland in this role. My first experience here was as an athlete at the Edinburgh Games in 1986. I’m trying to help the athletes new to a Commonwealth environment and settle them in. “

He was delighted with the route of the marathon and commented: “It looks fantastic. Glasgow Green doesn’t look too hilly which will favour a lot of these guys who have been concerned about the weather being too warm. Running through the city centre will be amazing too.”

The marathon starts at 9am from Glasgow Green. Get there early to enjoy the action – road restrictions will be in place.

For more information on where to find traffic and travel updates please got to the Get Ready Glasgow website

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