Talking Points: City Forum


Shona Robison, Scotland’s Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, kicked off City Forum on Tuesday with a Keynote Address in which she gave delegates an insight into the country’s sensational year of sport in 2014 – and beyond.

Robison told delegates that preparations for golf’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Perthshire (26-28 September) are “on time, on track and on budget”, while Scotland is looking to use the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (23 July to 3 August) to secure a positive legacy.

“These Games are about more than medals and sporting achievements – they are also a powerful catalyst for investment, regeneration and economic growth,” she said. “We also want Scotland to be fitter physically, culturally, economically and socially. We’re confident that sporting organisations, coaches, clubs and committees will be reporting a sustainable legacy from 2014.”


A panel of experts discussed the criteria that a city or country needs to consider before they decide whether to bid for a sporting event. In the session ‘Establishing New Markets’, Sam Gideon, President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said that it is important to consider “what is possible and what is real”.

Masterconcept Chairman and Partner, Gernot Leitner, said that the timing of a bid is a key consideration. “A destination really needs to have mid-term and long-term goals, and the infrastructure building process needs time.”

Professor Nikolay Peshin, Pro Rector of the Russian International Olympic University, highlighted the legacy benefits for Sochi and Russia following the acclaimed Winter Olympic Games earlier this year, while Yusuf Hacisuleyman, Chairman of the Mediterranean Association of Touristic Hoteliers, said that a bidding city must be able to offer more than just competition venues – “everything that society needs” – in order to ensure a positive economic impact.

FIBA 3x3 Sports Director, Kosta Iliev, described how basketball’s global governing body is using the three-players-per-side format of the sport as a ‘great asset’ for exploring new markets. “When we look for a city, we target iconic places where players and spectators can leave with pleasant memories,” he said.