July 22, Colombo: British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives John Rankin today said sport is a wonderful way of uniting young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Issuing a statement today on the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland tomorrow bringing together sports men and women from across the Commonwealth, the envoy wished the Sri Lankan team every success at the Games in "my home city of Glasgow."
"As I've seen for myself in Sri Lanka, and as we saw at the London Olympics and Paralympic Games two years ago, sport is a wonderful way of uniting young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of all that they have in common, rather than what divides them," the envoy said.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
There will be 71 participating nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with approximately 4,900 competing athletes making it one of the largest Commonwealth Games staged to date.