Comment: Commonwealth Games benefit is huge

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four weeks from today, the curtain will rise on the biggest sporting event that this country has ever seen.

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, may be keeping fans on tenterhooks over whether or not he will turn up in Glasgow, but a host of star names, including Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Tom Daley, will be there.

The sporting talent on show will be breathtaking, from Kenya’s 800 metre world record holder David Rudisha to Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and the list goes on.

And with boxer Josh Taylor, sprinter Libby Clegg, swimmer Michael Jamieson and many other Scots challenging for honours there will be plenty for us all to cheer.

Most of the action may be taking place along the M8, but anticipation is already building in the Capital.

Those who remember the 1986 and 1970 Games in Edinburgh will know what a special occasion the Commonwealth Games can be. And there will be a mini-exodus heading west from the Capital on each of the 12 days that the Games lasts.

But don’t forget there will be action in Edinburgh too, with the Commie Pool making history by hosting the diving competition, becoming the first venue ever to stage events at three different Games.

It is not just in sporting terms that we are gaining from having such a major event taking place on our doorstep, the economic spin-offs are significant too.

Thousands of short-term jobs have been created for everyone from television camera crews to building site workers, with many commuting from the Capital, and the tourism spin-off in Edinburgh has been a significatnt boost too.

When it comes to the Glasgow Games, we are winners too in Edinburgh.