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 competition session. 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.
Councillor Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, 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.
“It 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.”
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.”