Scottish Government fails in bid to reclaim Olympic cash

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has rebuffed a Scottish Government bid to retrieve £150m in lottery funds diverted from Scottish good causes to the Olympics.

Stewart Maxwell, the Scottish Minister for Communities and Sport, said it was "fundamentally unfair" that Scottish good causes should suffer to pay for London 2012.

He asked for the money to go instead to securing a lasting legacy for the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in Glasgow in 2014 – a concept unanimously endorsed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on September 25.

But a DCMS spokesman responded by saying that no lottery funding had been budgeted for the legacy of Glasgow 2014.

"The Olympic Games will bring immense benefits to the UK: a legacy of world class facilities; the inspiration of a generation to get active and take up sport; as well as huge economic and business benefits with £6bn worth of contracts," he said.

"London 2012 will leave a lasting legacy for everyone in the UK, including Scotland, which will host Olympic football at Hampden Park.

"In addition, 29 locations across Scotland are included in the official guide to pre-games training facilities for foreign teams in 2012."

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