Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Review: Part 2

James Willstrop | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Few personal memories of Glasgow will be as strong as the first day of the squash event. I walked in to Scotstoun, the venue for the tabletennis and squash, for the first day, the round of 64. Glancing in to the main arena to see the previous matches I was hit by walls of applause.

Commonwealth Games review: Part 1

James Willstrop | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

I lost to Nick Matthew in the gold medal match in the men's and Peter Barker won bronze, making it a clean sweep of English medals.

Why Did Farah Miss The Commonwealth Games?

The Huffington Post UK And PA | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Sport

Mo Farah has revealed what started out as a tooth infection ended with him collapsing in his bathroom and being airlifted to hospital due to concerns ...

Culture Is a Contact Sport

John Worne | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Sport
John Worne

Sport is one of the universal languages which connect people and cultures... Sport is primal, basic, essential and everywhere... Sport and great sporting events are a massive draw. But the best of all is when sport is shared alongside culture. And here Glasgow excelled.

British Muslims + British Values Does Not = 'British Islam'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

'British values' is an ambiguous term which means many things to different people, especially to those who were born and raised in the UK. I highly doubt that the ruling political class in Whitehall could define what British values are without parroting automated generic words like "freedom", "tolerance" and "respect".

The Athlete: The Next Generation's New Role Model

Sian Elvin | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What better example can we use for children when explaining that sometimes, you will have failures, but if you work hard enough then you will succeed eventually? Athletes also prove too that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

The Commonwealth Games - The Joy of Whingeing

Nick Abbot | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Sport
Nick Abbot

The one event that was not shifted about like a wrestler's jock strap was the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, featuring a collection of countries that Britain holds so little sway over that it seemed like a meeting of human rights refuseniks.

Glasgow 2014 - The Legacy Question

Debbie Lye | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

Was it Erraid Davies, Scotland's youngest ever competitor (and the youngest at these Games) storming into the history books to win a Bronze medal in the SB9 100 metres Breaststroke? Jazz Carlin winning Wales' first gold in the pool for forty years? The amazing emerging talent of 16 year old Claudia Frangapane, scooping no less than 4 gold medals? Whirling dervishes in tartan? Usain Bolt clowning with the 'crazy' Hampden crowd? Kylie meets Lulu? Thousands singing in the rain with the Big Big Sing on Glasgow Green? All of those nailed Glasgow's 'best ever' hosting of the 'friendly games'.

Turns Out Usain Bolt Is Beatable After All

Caroline Frost | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport
Caroline Frost

For one and a half seconds, two at most, on Saturday evening, in front of thousands, Englishman Danny Talbot felt a rare sensation, experienced by very few men - that of being level, shoulder to shoulder, on the running track, with Usain Bolt.

The Funniest Tweets About The Closing Ceremony Of #Glasgow2014

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Comedy

The 2014 Commonwealth Games drew to a close on Sunday - so in time-honoured tradition the hosts, Glasgow, were required to pull off a blinder of a par...

Glasgow 2014 - We Did It Our Way

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport
Wasim Mahmood

With sell-out crowds, a smooth operation and the absence of any notable hiccup, organisers deserve applause for delivering a near flawless spectacle... No sooner had the closing ceremony started that it became clear Glasgow had breathed new life into what was considered an ailing event.

The Persecution Of Usain Bolt (or How D**kheads Ruin Sports Reporting)

David Fearnhead | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

After Bolt's experience in Glasgow he might well decide it's just not worth risking a casual chat with a journalist, or even making a joke for fear it be twisted. If that were to happen he will become what every sports journalist loathes: someone who trots out the same, safe, coached clichés which offer neither insight nor entertainment.

Royal Ramblings: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Live in London

Danny Stone | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Piper, who turned 60 in April, has in his lifetime been in an aeroplane crash, stabbed three times and has even beaten cancer... The evening certainly didn't disappoint as Piper began to recount his origins, being mentored and ribbed by the greats and spending far too much time in the dressing room with naked wrestlers.

Kylie And Lulu Close Commonwealth Games

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Lulu and Kylie Minogue took to the stage in Glasgow on Sunday night, for the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. The two singers performed as par...

Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony Live

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Sport

There'll be a boom bang a bang around Hampden Park and the attendants will be spinning around when Lulu and Kylie Minogue bring down the curtain on th...

'And I Would Walk 500 Miles...' Bolt Dances To The Proclaimers BEFORE Taking Gold

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Sport

Usain Bolt landed his first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 4x100 metres and warmed up for his latest triumph by dancing to The Proclaimers. H...

Athlete On The Run As Commonwealth Team Say They 'Don't Want To Go Home' Over Ebola Fears

Posted 02.08.2014 | UK

Many members of Sierra Leone's Commonwealth Games team do not want to return home amid fears over the killer Ebola virus outbreak in their country, it...

The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Comedy

There's something for both non-believers and non-Beliebers in this week's round-up of Twitter funnies. For it was the week that Orlando Bloom and J...

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

People Make Glasgow and Other Cities Should Take Note

Craig Todd | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

The Commonwealth Games being held in the city of Glasgow has not quite finished yet, but has been heralded as a "great success" due to the success of the organisation of the Games itself and the success of Scottish and other athletes.

'Glasgow Is A Freezer And I Can't Wait To Get Out' - Jamaican Sprinter Looking Forward To Sunny Return

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport

The Jamaicans aren't very fond of Glasgow. Usain Bolt caused a storm when he said the Scottish city's weather as "shit" and now his Jamaican teammate ...

'There Isn't Any Ebola In Scotland!' Glasgow Officals Blast 'Sensationalist' Press

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK

There isn't an ebola outbreak in Scotland, officials have said, responding to a flurry of "sensationalist and misleading" headlines. The worst Ebol...

How Women Are Making a Bigger Impact in Sport and Beyond

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Sport
Nicci Roscoe

Times have changed and girls as young as eight are becoming more conscious of their body image. Encouraging more physical activity can give them opportunities to look at things beyond worrying about their hair and make-up... Encouraging participation in sport in all areas can lead to happier, healthier women.

Bolt 'S**t' Storm Transcript Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Sport

Usain Bolt said it was "nonsense" he had called the Commonwealth Games "a bit shit" and accused a journalist of "creating lies to make headlines". ...

Scotland Launches Equality Blitz to Coincide With the Commonwealth Games

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Whatever people think about Alex Salmond and the push for Scottish independence, his statement and actions are the most forthright and supportive on LGBTI equality by any leader of any host nation during a major international sporting event. Neither David Cameron nor Boris Johnson did anything similar during the London Olympics. This is a unique, unprecedented initiative for which Alex Salmond and the Scottish government deserve full credit and commendation. For LGBTI communities in the 42 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is still criminalised, the Scottish government's pro-LGBTI stance means a lot. It will comfort them and, I hope, discomfort their homophobic governments. It demonstrates Scotland's commitment to a truly equal and inclusive Games. Bravo!