LONDON: Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farah lead a cast of the worlds leading athletes descending on Glasgow to compete in the Commonwealth Games starting in Scotlands biggest city on Wednesday.
World-record holders, decorated Olympians and novice participants make up the 6,500 athletes representing 70 Commonwealth nations who share the aim of claiming prizes in 261 medal events in 17 sports.
Scotland hosts the 20th edition of the multi-sport event for the third time and instead of trying to emulate the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, it will offer something quite different over 11 days of competition.
Although the Games may not be held in the same regard as the Olympics or a world championship without superpowers such as the United States, China and Russia, there will be plenty of household names and fairytale stories.
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt will bring a dose of showmanship to the Hampden Park running track when the towering Jamaican attempts to win his first Commonwealth medal in the 4100 metres relay.
I am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow, Bolt said.
I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event.
Englands double Olympic and world champion Farah, who is fit to take part in the 5,000m and 10,000m after recovering from abdominal pains, will join Bolt in Glasgow and the pair will be hoping to perform their customary lightning bolt and Mobot celebrations.
The Commonwealth Games is different from the Olympics, the 31-year-old Farah said.
In terms of which countries are involved, you have everyone at the Olympics so its not going to be the same, but at the same time its another title.
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