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Scottish Olympic hopes being dashed by SNP’s bitter attitude - Scott

July 29, 2011 4:55 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scotland's Government isn't bothering to attend crucial Olympic meetings yet is winning the gold medal for girning says Scottish Liberal Democrat Sports spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP.

Government answers to Mr Scott's Parliamentary questions show that in 2010, Scottish Government representatives only attended 2 meetings of the 2012 Olympic Games Nations and Regions Group, out of a possible 4, and only 1 out of a possible 6 coordinator meetings.

Mr Scott says this paltry attendance is putting at risk the benefits that can flow to Scotland if our Government played a constructive role, rather than issuing a girn a day - a record where the SNP are world beaters.

Commenting Mr Scott said:

"The Olympic Games and their UK wide legacy are a huge opportunity for Scotland. But only if Scotland has a Government that is actively and positively involved. Unfortunately, the Scottish Government has not done all it can to engage with the preparations and planning for London 2012. People, Scottish athletes and the country will wonder what they've been doing with themselves.

"They cannot have it both ways. They cannot moan about Scotland being left out and then not do everything possible to enhance Scotland's opportunities to gain from the games.

The SNP need to grow up and, instead of carping about the geographical location of the games, be present at meetings and discussions. That's what Parliament expects them to do.

"The SNP needs to let the rest of us enjoy the 2012 London Olympic Games, even if they don't want to. But I fully expect our First Minister to be demanding his seat in the VIP box when the Games open in a year's time!"