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Ming confirms Olympic Torch will visit St. Andrews

May 18, 2011 2:17 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

News that St Andrews will host the Olympic torch on its relay around the United Kingdom has been revealed by North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell.

Sir Menzies, a former Olympic athlete himself and now a member of the Olympic Board, has been campaigning for St Andrews' inclusion for over a year.

Ming ran the 200m for the GB team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and became captain of the UK Athletics Team 1965-66. He held the British 100m record from 1967 to 1974.

Sir Menzies said:

"I am delighted at the prospect of the Olympic Torch visiting St Andrews along with other famous sporting venues.

"Although the detailed route will be announced later in the year the news that St Andrews is to be included will be warmly welcomed.

"The sight of the torch going along the West Sands where the iconic opening scenes from the film 'Chariots of Fire' were shot will make a wonderful backdrop for the torch relay.

"Where better to bring the torch than the home of golf, which is to be included in the Olympics for the first time in 2016."