Evening Times

City lands Olympic convention

3000 delegates to bring £5m boost

- By GRAEME MURRAY

MORE than 3000 delegates will visit Glasgow for a pre-London Olympic Games sports conference – b o o s t i n g t h e c i t y ’s coffers by £5 million.

The Internatio­nal Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport will be held over eight days at the SECC.

The venue has been confirmed as the location for the conference, which takes place in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leading sports experts and academics from across the g l o b e w i l l a r r ive in Glasgow in July 2012.

Tourism bosses say the conference will boost the c i t y ’s c r e d e n t i a l s f o r hosting major sporting events ahead of the 2014 Commonweal­th Games.

Steven Purcell, chairm a n o f G l a s g ow C i ty Marketing Bureau and leader of Glasgow City Co u n c i l , s a i d : “ Th i s i s another fantastic win for Glasgow and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to land this prestigiou­s conference for the city.

“Glasgow’s outstandin­g conference credential­s and proud sporting heritage make it the ideal location for this preOlympic conference.”

K n ow n a s t h e P r e - Olympic Convention, the conference will attract sportsmen and women and academics and students with an interest in sports science. The theme of the event will be: “Sport… inspiring a learning legacy.”

The bid to host the conference was presented by Brunel 2012 Consortium and had representa­tives from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and five universiti­es, including Strathclyd­e University and Brunel University in London.

Professor Celia B r a c ke n r i d g e , c h a i r - wo m a n o f t h e c o n f e r - ence’s local organising c o m m i tt e e , s a i d : “ We look forward to working closely with our partners over the next four years.”

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Sports conference will take place at the SECC

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