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April 22 - The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Coordination Commission has arrived in Scotland to begin its latest three-day inspection of preparations for Glasgow 2014.

The five-member Commission, chaired by Canada's CGF vice-president Bruce Robertson (pictured top), will asses the progress of all aspects of Glasgow 2014's preparations for next year's event, including venues, transport, security and safety, workforce planning and the Athletes' Village.

Robertson is joined on the Commission by Kenyan Olympic Committee (KOC) chairman Kip Keino, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) director Andrew Ryan, Commonwealth Games Council for Wales director Chris Jenkins and CGF chief executive Mike Hooper.

The Commission will be supported by a panel of technical advisors who will join the delegates in their meetings and during the tour of the venues.

Glasgow 2014 can be confident of a good review from the Commission after Robertson praised plans following the last visit in October 2012.

"The fact that a number of venues are either completed or are nearing completion provides the CGF with significant confidence in the ability of Glasgow to deliver a successful Games," he said after the third inspection.

"The infrastructure projects are being well managed by Glasgow City Council and the planning now being done by the Organising Committee to adapt venues for Games time use is well on track."

One area of concern that is likely to be raised by the Commission is the key leadership change at the top of the Organising Committee.

Earlier this month, Glasgow 2014 announced that chief operating officer Ralph Ord had been replaced at the Organising Committee after less than six months in the role by David Leather, who played a leading role in delivering the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

David Gravemberg CEO Glasgow 2014
Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Gravemberg will play a key role briefing the CGF Coordination Commission during its visit to Scotland

Ord only became chief operating officer in October last year following his work on London 2012, where he was responsible for the delivery and readiness of broadcast facilities, infrastructure and operations for the Olympic Host Broadcaster.

His departure, with just over a year to go to the start of Glasgow 2014, was a major surprise and although the Commission will address the issue, it has continually given its full backing to the Organising Committee leadership, headed by chief executive David Grevemberg.

Grevemberg was previously chief operation officer before being promoted to chief executive to replace John Scott, who resigned from the top job after he admitted to breaking rules over accepting gifts and hospitality from a potential supplier.

Since taking charge, Grevemberg has received widespread plaudits for helping to keep the delivery of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on time and on budget.