British Gymnastics announced today that a bid has been submitted for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The event would be staged in Glasgow and held in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) that will open in 2013 and host the Gymnastics competition for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The bid has been developed by the British Gymnastics with the support of UK Sport, EventScotland and the City of Glasgow’s major event teams who are working together on the project. Jane Allen, Chief Executive Officer of British Gymnastics said, “This is an outstanding bid with both sport and government working together to secure this prestigious event for Glasgow. British Gymnastics is proud to be able to present such a high standard bid to the FIG and is confident that it will be received well by the FIG President Bruno Grandi and the FIG Council who will vote on the 2015 Host City in May 2011.”
The bid team have already begun their campaign for support at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships that are currently taking place in Rotterdam (18-25 October). Today (Thursday 21 October) they are hosting a ‘Scottish-themed’ reception for top officials from each of the competing countries along with members of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) to spread the messages of a strong bid.
The 2015 World Championships have been targeted as the show case event for the sport of gymnastics to demonstrate a legacy from the Commonwealth Games 2014 and it would bring the Olympic Games 2016 qualification event to Scotland for the first time. The winning country will be announced on 18- 20 May 2011, following an official presentation to the FIG Council.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said, “We are delighted to be part of the bid team for the World Artistic Gymnastics Competition 2015. Staging the event in Glasgow would build on the excitement and spectacle that will be created through the Commonwealth Games and give spectators the chance to witness top level gymnastics competition on their doorstep once again.
“Scotland has proven it is the perfect stage for international sporting events and with the strong governmental support and funding, this event could be a stand-out attraction in Scotland in 2015.”