Sir Chris Hoy Announced as Glasgow 2014 Ambassador

Britain’s greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has been named as the first official ambassador for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The cyclist’s new role will see him appear in high-profile promotional campaigns and lend his support to the organising committee.

Organisers of the Games say the six-time gold medal winning track cyclist is the ideal person to inspire locals to get behind the competition over the next two years.

‘We could think of no person more appropriate than Sir Chris to be our first official ambassador,’ said Lord Smith, chair of the organising committee.

The track cycling events will take place at a Velodrome which bears his name, and Sir Chris, who says London 2012 was his Olympic farewell, has not yet ruled out competing in the Glasgow Games.

London 2012 was the perfect way to end my Olympic career,’ Hoy said.

‘The Commonwealth Games are two years away and I haven’t made any decisions yet, but to be able to compete in Glasgow in a velodrome bearing my name would be the dream ending for me.

‘The Commonwealth Games is a special event for me. I have fantastic memories of competing for Scotland in the Games on three separate occasions, especially winning my first major championship gold medal at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

‘Following an incredible Olympics in London, I’m proud to lend my support to the next great sporting event on home soil.

‘Making sure that people from all walks of life, especially young people, feel inspired to be a part of the Games will be a big focus for me.’

Games bosses said the Edinburgh-born sportsman is the first of a ‘select group of high-profile sporting and celebrity figures’ who will work with the organisers to promote the Games and make sure as many people as possible get involved in
Scotland’s largest-ever sporting and cultural event.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison comments, ‘As Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy is a hero to millions of people, young and old. His passion for sport and enthusiasm and the Commonwealth Games will undoubtedly bring the Glasgow 2014 story to many more people and highlight the fantastic range of ways to get involved in the Games.’

Hoy won two gold medals at the London 2012 Games, taking his Olympic gold medal total to six. He also has 11 world championship titles under his belt.

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