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Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have announced that up to 3,000 men and women serving with the Armed Forces will be granted free access to events next month as part of what are being described as "goodwill initiatives".
Broadcasters in the United Kingdom will be allowed to use up to 90 seconds of footage per day from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after exclusive rights holder the BBC agreed to relax the rules on coverage.
Glasgow is already feeling the benefits of hosting next month's Commonwealth Games, it is claimed, with more than half of the £401 million ($681 million/€499 million) contracts landed by firms in the city, according to a new report.
Multi-Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy is set to join the likes of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulker, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and popstar Nicole Scherzinger in a unique UNICEF fundraising initiative as part of the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.
Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams was in Glasgow today to launch the Gift of the Games scheme which will offer 5,000 free tickets for the Commonwealth Games next month to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili's actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials. Mohammad Khatami, the country's President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili's actions would be "recorded in the history of Iranian glories". He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government - the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.
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