Mo To Perform At Commonwealth Games
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has confirmed he will compete in this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as organisers are forced to apologise for computer problems which left some people waiting for hours for the last batch of tickets.
The addition of Farah, who took to Twitter to make the announcement, is likely to further fuel the demand for tickets, which organisers have said is "unprecedented'' this year.
The 31-year-old athlete told his one million followers: "Hi guys! I will be running in the Commonwealth Games this year..!! See you in Glasgow..!! Shabba....!!''
Farah, well known for his trademark 'Mobot' head gesture, has not yet revealed which events he will compete in at Hampden Park.
It is possible he could attempt the same double as he achieved in the Olympic Stadium in London 2012 in the 5,000 metres and 10,000m, or he could decide to compete in just one of those events.
But it is unlikely he will attempt the gruelling task of running the marathon after his coach Alberto Salazar advised him to forget about the discipline until after the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Farah finished eighth on his marathon debut in London last month.
The flamboyant athlete had hoped to delay deciding whether to take part in the Commonwealth Games until he had run the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix in July. But his hand was forced after Team England insisted its athletics selection panel would meet on June 2, with the squad announced a week later.
His decision to run is another boost to Games organisers, who have already said they have been overwhelmed by demand for tickets.
Another 100,000 tickets were put on sale today, but Glasgow 2014 chiefs were forced to apologise after sports fans hoping to snap up a coveted seat were hit by delays.
A Glasgow 2014 spokesman said: "Today's general ticket sale has generated unprecedented demand and with this the call centre and website is understandably very busy and there are queues in place to manage this.
"We would like to assure customers that we are processing ticket sales as quickly as we can and advise customers to keep trying. We thank everyone for their patience and apologise to those who have experienced issues.''
Organisers said they had received reports from some customers of errors in the ticket selection and purchase process.
Sports fans who previously missed out on tickets and any last-minute buyers were given a chance to secure seats for this summer's event from 10am today on a first come, first served basis.
The 100,000 extra tickets became available as the final arrangements for venue layouts and spectator seating are made, Games chiefs said.
About 2.3 million applications were made for the initial one million tickets released last year, with athletics, aquatics and cycling proving the hottest tickets.
Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We are delighted that it means even more people will get the opportunity to be part of the Games and experience live world-class sporting action here in Glasgow and Scotland.
"It is fantastic that the extra tickets are for all 17 sports and the ceremonies too. We know from experience just how high the demand will be for these tickets so while we are urging everyone to get in early and take the opportunity to join us at the Games this summer, we also need to thank them in advance for their patience and continued support.
"We have always said we wanted to make Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games accessible, affordable and available to as many people as possible and we very much look forward to welcoming the world to Glasgow and Scotland, for what promises to be an outstanding festival of sport.''
The Queen's Baton touched down on the British Isles on Sunday, arriving in Jersey 10 weeks before the Games begin on July 23.
Over the next 32 days it will travel through Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, before beginning a 40-day journey through 400 Scottish communities on June 14.
Ticket prices start from £15 and are available online via the Glasgow 2014 Ticketing website tickets.glasgow2014.com or the Glasgow 2014 Ticket Hotline 0844 826 2014.