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Sir Chris Hoy becomes Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ambassador

Sir Chris Hoy
Image caption Sir Chris won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics

Britain's most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, has been revealed as the first official ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The role will see the cycling great work with games organisers and appear in high-profile promotional campaigns.

Sir Chris has won six Olympic golds - his last two at the 2012 London Games.

The 36-year-old said he was "proud" to support "the next great sporting event on home soil" and did not rule out competing at the 2014 games in Glasgow.

Sir Chris said the Commonwealth Games was "a special event" for him.

He said: "I have fantastic memories of competing for Scotland in the games on three separate occasions, especially winning my first major championship gold medal at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

'Perfect end'

"Following an incredible Olympics in London, I'm proud to lend my support to the next great sporting event on home soil.

"Making sure that people from all walks of life, especially young people, feel inspired to be a part of the games will be a big focus for me."

Image caption Sir Chris is Britain's most successful ever Olympian with six gold medals

Sir Chris said London 2012 had been "the perfect way to end my Olympic career".

He added: "The Commonwealth Games are two years away and I haven't made any decisions yet, but to be able to compete in Glasgow in a velodrome bearing my name would be the dream ending for me."

Games organisers Glasgow 2014 said Sir Chris was "the first of a select group of high profile sporting and celebrity figures" who would be brought on board to help promote the event.

Lord Smith, chair of the Glasgow 2014 organising committee, said: "We could think of no person more appropriate than Sir Chris to be our first official ambassador.

"I have no doubt that his success, his support, and his passion for Scotland will inspire people - spectators, volunteers and athletes - to get behind the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"We are delighted to have the support of Britain's greatest Olympian."

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