Monday 12 September 2016
Glasgow pledges to take gymnastics to next level as the city signs the formal agreement to stage the event as part of the inaugural 2018 European Championships.
Glasgow have pledged to take the European Gymnastics Championships to the next level as the city signed the formal agreement to stage the event as part of the inaugural 2018 European Championships.
The Host City Agreement (HCA) with the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) pledges to deliver an event that elevates the status of European gymnasts when they come to Scotland in August 2018 to take part in the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
The HCA was signed at a UEG Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne and reaffirms all partners’ commitment to delivering a world-class event in 2018. It details all aspects of the delivery of the 33rd Men’s and 32nd Women’s European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
The events will be staged at the £130million SSE Hydro – the same venue that hosted the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and gymnastics competitions at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow has a longstanding relationship with gymnastics having hosted its first Grand Prix event in 1997 at the famous Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. Last year the city hosted a World Gymnastics Championships that was credited with setting a new standard for the sport. Around 80,000 spectators watched the event, which attracted a record 594 gymnasts from 87 nations.
Georges Guelzec, President of the UEG, said: “Several times before Glasgow has shown their organisational skills. I am delighted that European Gymnastics will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of Glasgow as a host city and of their commitment to sport in general, and gymnastics specifically.”
Glasgow 2018 Championships Director, Colin Hartley, said: “We showed the world what we were capable of during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and we are determined to build on that success in 2018 with an event that elevates the status of European champions and takes the event to the next level.
“We set the bar high and we will do all we can to ensure that the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships continues the proud traditions of the sport.”
The European Championships is being staged for the first time in 2018 in a partnership between the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin. This sporting partnership will create a new event on the world stage every four years elevating the status of European Champions and attracting a potential television audience of 1.03 billion with a wider audience via digital platforms.
As part of the inaugural European Championships around 3,025 athletes will visit Scotland for six events (aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon) while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships.
The event will build on Glasgow and Scotland’s track record of hosting major international events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Ryder Cup and 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.