Wednesday, 16 September 2009

CWG: England targets #1 spot by 2014

England Commonwealth Games chairman Sir Andrew Foster has set a target for England to regain its glory at Commonwealth Games. He insists it is high time England ended Australia's medal table dominance.

Australia have dominated the medal table since 1990, and finished the 2006 Melbourne Games with 84 golds, more than twice as many as England. While setting the target, Sir Andrew clarifies that Delhi may come too soon and England will be on top at Glasgow in 2014.

With Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup and Ryder Cup coming to UK in the next decade, and England favourites to secure the 2018 FIFA World Cup; it is fair to say the Commonwealth Games will be fighting for the headlines.

The Commonwealth Games has traditionally played second fiddle to the Olympic Games in Great Britain - with Team GB's 19 golds in Beijing far outweighing England's 36 in Melbourne. But Sir Andrew maintains that Commonwealth Games England are more than capable of holding their own and securing commercial backing to ensure future success. GB sports have done a lot of work on remodelling and the level of interest from potential commercial sponsors is reassuring. Foster points out that sponsors see the fact that you can run from Delhi to London to Glasgow - and having a number of events feels like a positive to them rather than a hindrance.


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