IT MAY only be just over six months since the final curtain came down on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games but the city is already looking forward to hosting another global sporting event.
The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships takes place at the SSE Hydro in October this year and is already promising to be one of the biggest sporting events ever staged in the UK.
The 10-day event will bring together more than 500 gymnasts from 80 nations. Up for grabs will be the coveted title of world champion as well places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The best gymnasts in the world will battle it out in a host of disciplines in front of capacity crowds at Glasgow's iconic SSE Hydro - now rated the second best entertainment venue in the world.
And with just nine months to go until the gymnasts take to the apparatus and floor, Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, is vowing the city will deliver the best ever World Championships.
Councillor Matheson said: "Glasgow's Games will live long in the memory. They were the best ever Commonwealth Games and showed the world the Glasgow that we all know and love.
"But 2014 was not the end game for Glasgow. The Year of Glasgow was our new base-camp. It was certainly not the summit of our ambition. And we are ready to move on.
"In fact 2015 is already being referred to as Glasgow's Year of Sport as we prepare to host Davis Cup tennis, the European Judo Championships, IPC Swimming World Championships and the World Gymnastics Championships.
"But the World Gymnastics Championships is the stand-out event this year. It will bring together the world's very best gymnasts who will all be vying for a place at the Rio Olympics.
"If you thought the gymnastics competition at last year's Commonwealth Games was good then you haven't seen anything yet.
"There will be some 500 gymnasts from an incredible 80 countries going for gold. And that includes gymnastics super powers including USA, China, Japan and Russia.
"And it's not just about becoming world champion. It is about keeping Olympic medal hopes alive.
"There will be an estimated television audience of around 800 million people. The eyes of the world will once again be on our great city and make no mistake we will deliver the best ever World Gymnastics Championships.
"Our position as one of the world's top 10 sporting cities has been built on our continued investment in world-class facilities such as the SSE Hydro and our international events programme.
"We have the track record, we have the venues and we have the desire. We will put on a show this October that will once again wow the world."
Golden girl of British gymnastics, Claudia Fragapane, who won 4 gold medals for Team England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can’t wait to compete at the SSE Hydro again this year.
She said: “I’m really excited about the thought of competing at the Worlds in Glasgow. It will bring back such nice memories and I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy myself with the other members of the team. My focus will be the team event but individually I would like to finish higher in the all around.
Scotland’s Daniel Purvis, who won a gold and silver at Glasgow 2014, added: “The buzz from the Commonwealth Games is continuing right into this year’s World Championships. It has been fantastic and I think it will now just keep building as we get closer and closer.”