John Halewood-Dodd column

John Halewood Dodd.
John Halewood Dodd.

The Commonwealth Games are drawing to an end and I feel that it is worth commenting upon what a success they have been. Also called the “friendly games” they certainly seem to have lived up to that title.

I have heard some complain that the games have been given too much coverage, particularly on the BBC, but for those of us who enjoy sport it is brilliant to be able to sit down and watch an evening of competition.

That brings me nicely to what I hope will be the lasting legacy of the games in that all of this sport will hopefully inspire a great many people to get off their backsides and get involved in their preferred sport(s).

We saw this following the Olympics in London where all kinds of activities were oversubscribed, bicycle sales hit an all time high, and it seemed as though everyone and their mother was out jogging.

Given that Scotland, the host nation, supposedly has some of the most unhealthy citizens in the Western World then it will be extremely beneficial to them, and the country in general, if a similar situation follows these games.

I hope that is the case, and I feel that there is a strong likelihood that it will happen partly because of how well the home nations have done in securing medals.

Scotland have had their most successful Games ever, Wales have won in events where they have not had gold for 40 years, and (at the time of writing this) England seem likely to top the overall medals table.

I appreciate that to succeed at this level takes a great deal of hard work and dedication, but to be on that podium having a medal placed around your neck whilst a packed crowd roars their approval must make it all worthwhile.

Certainly, if the faces on the British medal winners are anything to go by then I am correct in this assumption.

I have said, when discussing other matters, that it is not all about winning and I genuinely believe this.

These games have proved the point as all athletes that I have seen interviewed have said how much they have enjoyed just being there.

They really have been the friendly games, and long may they continue.