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THE success of the London Olympics has boosted interest in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, organisers said today.
David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, told a press briefing in London: "Since the start of London 2012 there's been a huge upsurge of interest.
"People are saying things such as 'The excitement of 2012 makes me wish Glasgow 2014 was happening right away'.
"This is evoking a sense of excitement and pride. It's a real testament to the power of multi-sport events. Elite athletes from across the Commonwealth will be breaking records and settling sporting scores.
"It's our turn next, and we can't wait."
He spoke as organisers released results of a survey which showed that more than 40 per cent of Scots say their experience of London 2012 has made them more excited about the prospect of sporting stars from 71 nations and territories competing in the Commonwealth Games in two years' time.
The survey, conducted in Scotland, also showed that interest in buying tickets has doubled from 14% in the last survey, in March, to 29 per cent.
More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of adults in Scotland believe the Games will have a positive effect on Glasgow, and the same proportion believes they will have a positive effect on Scotland as a whole.