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First Athletes Fly in for Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships

NIGERIA is the first country to arrive in Scotland for this weekend’s Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships.

Their fifteen-strong squad flew into Edinburgh Airport yesterday (Monday).

They’ll be followed by teams from Canada, Australia and Malaysia in the next 24 hours.

Well over one thousand athletes, coaches, officials, supporters and international referees from twenty-one countries are converging on Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium this weekend.

The full list of nations taking part is the host nation Scotland plus England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Malta, Cyprus, Kenya, Australia, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia, Canada, Ghana, Rwanda, Lesotho, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Gibraltar.

It’s the first time the Championships have been held in Scotland and organisers are determined to make the Edinburgh Games the best ever.

Event Director David Bailey said: “The atmosphere is starting to build and it’s going to be a spectacular two days. The emphasis is very much on making them the friendly games, so people take away a very positive impression of Scotland.

“I’m sure home support will spur on the Scottish team and it gives our spectators a great opportunity to get up close and personal to elite Taekwondo players and experience the speed, drama and excitement of a top international competition. It has the added incentive that valuable ranking points for Rio 2016 are up for grabs which I’m sure will propel the players to even greater heights.”

Daily spectator tickets – £10 (adults) and £6 (children under 16) – can be purchased in advance through the Taekwondo Scotland website at www.taekwondoscotland.org or at Meadowbank on the day of the event.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships will take place at Meadowbank Sports Centre on Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16. The action starts both days at 09.00am.

For more information, visit www.taekwondoscotland.org