The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which concluded yesterday (Sunday), have been hailed as the best in the multi-sport event’s 84-year history by the outgoing chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Mike Hooper, who is stepping down in November to be replaced by Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg, praised the event after Hampden Park hosted the closing ceremony to bring down the curtain on 11 days of competition across 17 sports.
"In my view, they are the stand-out Games in the history of the movement," Hooper said. “The way in which the people of Scotland and Glasgow have embraced the Games right from the get-go has been incredible."
Although England topped the medal table, followed by Australia and Canada, Scotland secured a record haul of 19 gold medals to ensure the event will be fondly remembered in its host country. Grevemberg is now hopeful the event can leave a lasting legacy for sport in Glasgow and Scotland.
"I believe this is the beginning, not the end,” he said. “The legacy of these Games will live on in the children it has inspired and I hope, as a committee, we have done all we can to ensure that Glasgow 2014 becomes a part of everybody's lives in some way."
Australia’s Gold Coast will host the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games.