2018 Commonwealth Games host named
The leader of Glasgow City Council has congratulated the city's successor as host of the Commonwealth Games.
It has been announced that Australia's Gold Coast will host the event in 2018 after being chosen ahead of the rival Sri Lankan city of Hambantota.
Glasgow will hand over the official Commonwealth Games flag after Scotland hosts the event in the summer of 2014.
Council leader Councillor Gordon Matheson said: "I'd like to congratulate the Gold Coast on becoming host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and I wish them every success as they begin preparations for this marvellous event which strengthens the bonds between countries and territories around the world.
"We are clearly looking forward to 2014, but our hosting of the Games has already allowed us to develop links and showcase what Glasgow can do.
"We are already seeing an economic legacy as we prepare for 2014, with Glaswegian businesses so far winning nearly £180million of Games-related contracts."
Lord Smith, the chairman of Glasgow 2014, said: "I would like to congratulate the Gold Coast in Australia for their successful campaign to be selected as the Host City for the XXI Commonwealth Games.
"Every Games is different and each reflects the culture and spirit of the nation and city. There are, however, many opportunities to learn from previous Games and an effective transfer of knowledge is really important, particularly in the early stages of planning for the Games.
"We are looking forward to working with the next Organising Committee and sharing our experience with them."
Shona Robison, the Scottish Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: "Hosting the Commonwealth Games is a great honour and I would like to extend my congratulations to Australia's Gold Coast."