Britain’s top male gymnast Daniel Purvis, launched the new Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics event on Friday, with an inspiring apparatus display outside the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Glasgow has been selected 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 (Germany), Jacksonville (USA) and Tokyo (Japan) in staging the 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 Around Final and the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics All Round Final. Participation is limited to the world's top eight ranked male and female gymnasts.
Speaking at today’s launch Daniel said: “I'm tremendously excited and proud to be competing at this year's prestigious Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics event. The new format of the competition means the very best gymnasts in the world will be at the Kelvin Hall and I'm sure the crowd will be amazed by the performances."
The improved format builds on the success of the Glasgow Gymnastics Grand Prix events of the past 14 years, which involved individual apparatus finals in one longer competition session. Glasgow Life is staging the events on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding from EventScotland and UK Sport’s World Class Events programme supported by the National Lottery. Tickets for the Saturday 16 April 2011 competition at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena start at just £3 for children, £10 for adults and £25 for families (2 adults and 3 children) and are available from www.glasgowworldcup.com or by telephoning 0141 353 8000.