AFTER seeing the Queen at the opening ceremony and a Welsh hockey match last week, the royals seem to be following me around Glasgow with William, Kate and Harry all joining me at the hockey and swimming on Monday evening.

The trio caused a real problem for journalists after the end of the Scotland v Wales women’s hockey match as security guards blocked us from entering the mixed zone where we speak to athletes following the action.

Things got fairly heated as various media outlets vented their frustration at being denied access just because their royal highnesses were in a stand about 100 yards away.

Eventually common sense prevailed and we were granted access but I missed my opportunity to ask Prince Harry about his experiences of Mountain Fuel.


England’s London 2012 golden girl Nicola Adams was also the victim of Glasgow 2014 jobsworths as she made her boxing bow.

The 31-year-old wanted to wear a tartan bandana given to her by a young fan during her win over Nigerian Oluwatoyin Oladeji but officials denied her a ‘Scottish’ entrance.

“I wanted to wear the tartan bandana I was given by a six-year-old girl but I wasn’t allowed,” she said.

“The rules now ban bandanas. I was a bit gutted!”


Sticking with boxing at the SECC, fans and TV cameras have been intrigued by the enthusiastic Ghanaian cheerleader who starts up the singing whenever one of her countrymen are in action.

The noisy support, which has been generally well-received, is actually coming from the public relations officer of the Ghana Boxing Federation.

Naa Daruka said: “I’m proud of my country, so whatever my country does I have to support.

“Whether it’s winning or losing I still have to support and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”


Scotland’s triumphant judo stars got plenty of support up here but one endured a nightmare hour after realising she had lost her gold medal.

Sarah Adlington, who won the women’s +78kg category on Saturday, initially thought her teammates were playing a joke on her before realising to her horror that the medal really was missing.

Luckily she was soon reunited with her golden prize, which had got stuck in one of the airport-style X-ray machines that we all have to go through several times a day.