Usain Bolt may not run at Commonwealth Games unless tax law changes

Shona Robinson wants to see the exemption extended to the Commonwealth Games

By Cara Sulieman

TOP ATHLETES may chose not to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of UK tax rules.

The tax man takes a cut of any sponsorship earned by non-UK resident sportsmen who appear at events in Britain.

Big events like the London Olympics and the World Cup England is bidding for are exempt.

But the Inland Revenue have NOT exempt the Commonwealth Games from the rules – leaving politicians fearing that athletes like Usain Bolt will fail to show.

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Sir Robin blasts SFA for no Team GB

By Cara Sulieman

THE SCOTS-BORN mayor of the London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics has blasted the SFA for blocking a British football team.

Sir Robin Wales is furious that there won’t be a UK team taking part in the football tournament saying it would be the only way for Scotland to “be in with a chance of qualifying for something”.

The Kilmarnock supporter is the civic head of Newham, where most of the Olympics main venues are based, including the athletes’ village.

Speaking about the decision to only have English players in the British team, the 55-year-old said: “It may not be popular with everyone but why not have a British football team?

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Olympic ring of steel plan to thwart terrorists

By Michael MacLeod

A FENCE fortress is being put up around Britain’s Olympic site to keep out terrorists.

The 11-mile ring of steel will emit a 5,000 volt shock to anyone who tries to scale it.

The 2012 Games organisers say locals living near the East London construction site have nothing to worry about, insisting the fence could not cause lasting injuries.

As well as the 12ft fence, infa-red CCTV cameras are being installed at 25-yard intervals.
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Scots gun cops fire Olympic blanks


SCOTLAND’S armed police officers have been banned from the London Olympics after failing to hit the target in shooting tests.

A report, ordered by the Queen, found that only one of Scotland’s eight forces is qualified to join the huge anti-terror operation at the 2012 Games.

The report said Scottish officers “would not be accepted for deployment” after shortcomings in achieving the National Police Improvement Agency firearms certificate.

Every English force has gained their NPIA certificate, effectively qualifying them to be picked to help out at the Olympics.

But only Strathclyde police have got the qualification, and even then it’s only at provisional level.

Lothian and Borders police have applied for theirs, but are said to be nowhere near the standard needed to fend off terrorists at the 2012 Games.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate said: “The current lack of licensed training in Scotland is such that the NPIA foresees difficulty with obtaining mutual aid from Scotland for the Olympics.

“The recommendation would be that Scottish officers would not be accepted for deployment.”

A retired arms officer commented: “Some of the smaller forces have a cowboys and Indians approach to firearms.

“There is a UK national standard and a lot of Scots forces just wouldn’t meet it.”

Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman Richard Baker said: “It needs to be a government priority to ensure the police can protect their citizens and work in conjunction with other forces.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are sure our police forces will take the necessary steps.”