Britain’s top male gymnast Daniel Purvis, today (Friday) launched the new Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics event, with an inspiring apparatus display outside the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Glasgow has been selected as one of four host cities for the newly revamped Federation of International Gymnastics World Cup events in 2011 and 2012. The city beat off tough competition from around the world to join Stuttgart (Germany), Jacksonville (USA) and Tokyo (Japan) in staging the events over the next two years. A new spectator-focussed format will see the world’s top gymnasts battle it out over two sessions: the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics All Around Final and the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics All Around Final. Participation is limited to the world's top eight male and female gymnasts.
The improved format builds on the success of the Glasgow Gymnastics Grand Prix events of the past 14 years, which involved individual apparatus finals in one longer competition session. Glasgow Life is staging the events on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding from EventScotland and UK Sport’s World Class Events programme supported by the National Lottery. Tickets for the Saturday 16 April 2011 competition at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena start at just £3 for children, £10 for adults and £25 for families (2 adults and 3 children) and are available from www.glasgowworldcup.com
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Speaking at today’s launch Daniel said: “I'm tremendously excited and proud to be competing at this year's prestigious Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics event. The new format of the competition means the very best gymnasts in the world will be at the Kelvin Hall and I'm sure the crowd will be amazed by the performances.
“After my successes last year, especially coming fifth in the World Championship All Around, I go into Glasgow feeling very confident and hope the home crowd will inspire me to produce my best. The pressure is on when competing on all six pieces of apparatus, so the support can be a key factor in giving a gymnast that extra edge. Having competed in Glasgow before I know that will be the case again this year."
Councillor Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “This is an exciting time for sport in Glasgow as we continue to build towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The new Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics events will again give us an opportunity to put on a show of the very highest standard.”
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “Glasgow has a reputation for delivering world-class sporting events as shown by the decision to stage the new World Cup events in the city. We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best gymnasts to the city in April for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the sporting year.”
Continuing its support of gymnastics in Scotland, EventScotland will provide funding through the International Events Programme for the next two years. Chief Operating Officer, Paul Bush OBE, said: “It is wonderful to see the arrival of this new format that will build on the Grand Prix’s success and take the sport to the next level in Scotland. With a strong and supportive crowd from Glasgow and beyond, the perfect stage will be created for the world’s best gymnasts to produce their top performances.”
The new World Cup events are being supported for the first time by UK Sport. Esther Nicholls, Event Consultant for UK Sport, said: “UK Sport is committed to bringing world-class sporting events to the UK ahead of 2012, and the event is part of what we believe to be the most comprehensive pre-Games events programme ever staged by an Olympic and Paralympic host nation.
"The FIG World Cup 2011 will provide an invaluable opportunity for British athletes to experience international competition on home soil, to prepare them for their home Olympic Games, as well as a chance to build on the event staging capabilities of the sport.”
Information on the gymnasts competing will be confirmed in the coming months.