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Wednesday 23rd of October 2013
It would be great if the Commonwealth Games next summer could be free from any kind of controversy. With Car Hire Glasgow Airport highlighting the recent conference held about the games.
A discussion on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year centred on exploitation and human rights. The meeting drew on lessons from the London 2012 Olympics to sketch out the opportunities and challenges major events can bring.
The conference took place at the St Mungo Museum where policy makers, academics, trade unions and sports experts who discussed how to deal with human rights issues within the preparation and delivery of the Commonwealth Games.
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said, “Glasgow 2014 is a diverse and inclusive organisation and aims to engage individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, faith, disability or sexual orientation. Glasgow 2014 provides what many consider to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and participate in a major international sports event, and there are many ways to get involved, through employment, volunteering and business contacts. The Games should be a positive experience for all – athlete, spectator, worker and volunteer alike.”
The conference was sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. John Morrison, executive director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, said the Games would showcase the best of Scotland and provide key opportunities for Scottish businesses. He said, “Hosting the Games brings greater international scrutiny including the effectiveness of efforts to protect worker rights. Business leaders and policymakers must ensure they are aware of the risks and do all they can to prevent exploitation.”