Glasgow is to host Gymnastics World Cup events in 2011 and 2012 after the City was named as one of only four hosts for the Federation Of International Gymnastics World Cup competitions for the next two years. It will join Stuttgart, Germany; Jacksonville, America, Tokyo and Japan in staging the events.
A new spectator-focused format will see the world’s top gymnasts battle it out over two sessions: the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics All Round Final and the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics All Round Final. Participation is limited to the world’s top eight ranked male and female gymnasts.
Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow. “It also follows the latest sell-out Gymnastics Grand Prix in the Kelvin Hall, which was watched by more than 1000 people . “It again confirms our position as one of the leading sporting cities in the world as we build towards the 2014 Games.”
The new Gymnastics World Cup format builds on the success of the Glasgow Gymnastics Grand Prix events, which have been staged for the past 14 years.
The final Grand Prix was held on November 20 in front of a full house at the Kelvin Hall, where British gymnasts earned five medals, including Louis Smith’s gold on Pommel.
Councillor George Redmond, Chairman of Glasgow Life, which runs the City’s leisure centres, added: “We have a proud sporting history in Glasgow and the award of the 2011 and 2012 gymnastics World Cup events will see that continue. Over the past 14 years the city has been home to real top-class gymnastic events, but these events will take that to a new level. ”
The first of the new World Cup events to be held in Glasgow will be at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena on April 16 next year.
Martin Reddin, Director Technical and Education of British Gymnastics, said: “British Gymnastics is delighted with the awarding of this very prestigious event by the Federation. It confirms the new status of British Gymnastics within the elite group of countries in world gymnastics. It also recognises the excellent working relationship between British Gymnastics and Glasgow City Council in being able to host and deliver world class gymnastic competitions in the City.”
EventScotland will provide funding through its International Events Programme for the next two years.
Paul Bush, its Chief Executive, said: “EventScotland has supported the Glasgow Gymnastics Grand Prix since 2005 and it is wonderful to see the arrival of this new World Cup format. It will build on the Grand Prix’s success and take the sport to the next level in Scotland. The World Cup will show Glasgow and its facilities on a global platform.”
The new World Cup events are being supported for the first time by UK Sport.
Information on the gymnasts competing and how to secure tickets will be confirmed early next year.