NATION CHOOSES JERUSALEM FOR ENGLAND’S MEDALISTS
May 30th 2010 – Commonwealth Games England today announced that Jerusalem has been chosen as the anthem to be played for English athletes competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The decision follows a month-long public vote, which saw Jerusalem coming out as a runaway favourite.
Voters were able to choose between God Save The Queen, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory - with Jerusalem beating the both the national anthem and the anthem previously used for English athletes competing at Commonwealth Games. The new official anthem of the England Team will be played for English athletes on the podium in Delhi when a Gold medal is won.
England athlete Dean Macey, who won Gold at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, welcomed the new anthem, saying: “Jerusalem’s awesome for getting you pumped before competing. Couple this with the huge pride that comes in wearing the red lion and you’ve got the perfect anthem for England’s Commonwealth Games’.
Duncan Lewis, Marketing Director for Commonwealth Games England, said, “The nation has spoken and we are delighted to accept Jerusalem as the anthem for England athletes in Delhi. The response from the public has been absolutely fantastic and I hope they will carry on this level of enthusiasm in supporting the team in Delhi this summer.”
Survey by YouGov of 1,896 entrants
- Jerusalem: 52.5%
- Land of Hope and Glory: 32.5%
- God Save The Queen: 12%
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