30 November 2010
GLASGOW TO HOST GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP EVENTS IN 2011 AND 2012
Glasgow has been named as one of only 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 (GER), Jacksonville (USA) and Tokyo (JPN) in staging the prestigious 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 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.
This makes a change from the Glasgow Gymnastics Grand Prix events of the past 14 years, which involved individual apparatus finals in one longer session of competition. The first of the new World Cup events to be held in Glasgow will be at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena on Saturday 16th April 2011. The new format builds on the success of the Glasgow Gymnastics Grand Prix events, which have been staged for the past 14 years and involved individual apparatus finals in one longer session of competition. The final Grand Prix was held on Saturday 20 November in front of a full house at the Kelvin Hall, where British gymnasts walked away with five medals including Louis Smith’s gold on Pommel.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, is looking forward to April’s
event. Councillor Redmond said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow and comes hot
on the heels of the latest sell out Gymnastics Grand Prix when over 1,000 people packed into the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena.
“Over the past 14 years the city has been home to top-class gymnastic events but
staging the World Cup here will take that to a new level. It once again confirms our position as one of the leading sporting cities in the world as we build towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We look forward to once again welcoming the world’s
top gymnasts to Glasgow for what promises to be an event of the highest standard.”
Martin Reddin, Director Technical and Education of British Gymnastics, said: “British gymnastics is delighted with the awarding of this very prestigious event by the FIG and 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 Glasgow.”
Continuing its support of gymnastics in Scotland, EventScotland will provide funding through the International Events Programme for the next two years. Chief Executive Officer, Paul Bush OBE, 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 that 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 through the
media coverage it will receive. On the back of the exciting gymnastics competition in Delhi this year and the recent World Championships in Rotterdam, this event will continue to whet the appetite of spectators in Scotland, and further afield, in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.”
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, in what we believe is the most comprehensive pre- Games events programme ever staged by an Olympic and Paralympic host nation.
"The FIG World Cup will provide an invaluable opportunity for British gymnasts to experience international competition on home soil in advance of 2012 Olympic Games. The event also provides us with the opportunity to hone the skills of key officials and to train volunteers, which is vital for building capacity within the sport to host events in the future.”
Information on the gymnasts competing and how you can get your tickets will be confirmed in the coming months.
For more information, please contact:
Glasgow Life Press Team
Phone 0141 287 3575
Event Scotland Press Team
Phone 0131 472 2286
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