In front of a live audience of 40,000, 71 Commonwealth nations and territories and a 1 billion+ Global TV audience, Victor Keelan took the Commonwealth Games oath on behalf of all Technical Officials across all the Commonwealth sports at the Glasgow 2014 Games.
Victor is also one of the wrestling referees at the wrestling competition taking place on 29/30/31 July in the SECC.
Victor is also President of the Scottish Wrestling Association.
Other oath takers were British paralympian athlete Libby Clegg of Scotland (with her guide Mikhail Huggins) and coach of Scotland’s shooting team, Elgin-born Donald McIntosh.
Said Victor, “It is an incredible honour to take this oath on behalf of all the officials and a great honour for wrestling amongst all the other sports.”
Said Brian Harper, Secretary of Scottish Wrestling, “it is great to have wrestling in the news for all the right reasons”
The Commonwealth Games oath was taken by the three, promising to take part in the spirit of true sportsmanship.
Details of the oather were expected to be as follows:-
ATHLETE: We will take part in these Commonwealth Games in the spirit of true sportsmanship
COACH: We will respect and honour the rules of our sports – because we respect each other
OFFICIAL: We will show the world that the values of our Commonwealth are ideals in which we all believe
COACH: Our shared Humanity – the respect we give each other
ATHLETE: Our shared Equality – the level playing field on which we compete
OFFICIAL: Our shared Destiny – To win, or to remember how we tried our best to win
ALL: This is our oath
Spectators were treated to a stunning night of entertainment from Scottish icon Rod Stewart, former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle and singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald.
International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger, cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, footballing supremo Sir Alex Ferguson, Line of Duty actress Keeley Hawes and TV presenter and DJ Reggie Yates appeared as never seen before, in exclusive footage exploring different regions of the Commonwealth to witness UNICEF’s life-changing work.