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Legacy, slightly tarnished

YOU win some, you lose some.

The ambition was always for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games to have a lasting legacy. The building of the UK's first dedicated para-sports facility will go some way to achieving that.

The £9 million development will see an extensive refurbishment of the National Sports Centre Inverclyde in Largs, which will allow disabled athletes to train at top-class, fully integrated facilities in a wide range of sports. The Scottish Government will invest £6m towards the project, with the remaining £3m coming from sportscotland, the national agency for sport.

Para-athletes contributed seven medals to Team Scotland's total haul of 53, an effort that will surely inspire more disabled people to take up and enjoy sport. The Largs develop­ment will help with their efforts to emulate their heroes for many years to come.

Not so enduring, sadly, is Clyde, the 2014 mascot. Statues of the popular character are having to be removed early following a spate of vandalism, with one having already been stolen. Such shabby behaviour, however, should not be allowed to tarnish the golden glow of the Games.

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