Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scots Back London in Bid for Olympics

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scots Back London in Bid for Olympics

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The national body for sport development in Scotland said yesterday it was "fully behind" London's bid for the 2012 Olympics, after a poll showed poor support for the Games north of the border.

The organisation, sportscotland, said it wanted to "clarify" its position on the drive to bring the event to the UK capital, after SNP MP Pete Wishart said Scottish people felt it was "another example of Scotland pays and London gains".

The party's Westminster sports spokesman made the claim following poll results which showed Scots were less supportive than those in the rest of the UK.

Yesterday, sportscotland said its view was "contrary to that clearly implied by Pete Wishart".

Chairman Alastair Dempster said: "I wish to make it quite clear that sportscotland and, I believe Scottish sport as a whole, is fully behind London's bid to bring the Olympic Games to the UK in 2012. A successful British Olympic bid would be a tremendous boost for British sport and the athletes from all home countries, and we will do everything possible to support London 2012 in the final stages of the bid process. …

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