MSPs back Edinburgh bid for national sports centre

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THE city’s bid to host a vast new sports village that would train elite Scottish sports stars of the future has been given a major boost after apparently garnering more political support than its rivals.

A race to win the £25 million National Performance Centre for Sport is gathering pace with Edinburgh seemingly out in front with a Holyrood motion attracting the signatures of 22 MSPs – two more than Stirling and five more than Dundee.

It comes days after Olympic icon Sir Chris Hoy threw his weight behind the Capital’s campaign – spearheaded by Heriot-Watt and the city council – describing it as the “natural home” for the new facility.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s culture and sport convener, said: “Our GO Edinburgh 2016 campaign to bring the National Performance Centre for Sport to Edinburgh is going from strength to strength with over 2000 pledges of support. “Having the backing of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament is a real boost too, however we’re not becoming complacent and we know there is still a long way to go before the steering group announces their decision.

“Put simply, I believe Edinburgh’s bid is the best. It is accessible, has excellent road, rail and air links and builds on the excellent tradition of sporting excellence already in place at Heriot-Watt.”

A decision on where to build the centre is expected in late summer.