World’s top sports stars to compete in Glasgow ahead of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Some of the biggest names in world sport are set to go for gold in Glasgow over the next three months as they continue their preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The action gets underway at the £113million Emirates Arena on Saturday 20 February when double Olympic and five-time world champion Mo Farah, Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long jump champion Greg Rutherford, Olympic, triple world and European champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, current European record holder and 200 metre world champion Dafne Schippers and Britain’s fastest ever woman Dina Asher-Smith will star at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix.

World and European indoor champion Richard Kilty and sub-10 man Chijindu Ujah will also be facing world 100m medallist Trayvon Bromell and former world champion Kim Collins over 60m as part of the star-studded line-up for the sold out Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix – the best indoor athletics meeting in the world.

On Saturday 12 March the world’s best gymnasts will return to the Emirates Arena for the 2016 Glasgow World Cup – just five months after the World Championships in the city. Glasgow was one of only four cities in the world that was awarded the right to hosts FIG World Cup events back in 2011.

Leading the field at the Glasgow World Cup will be 2015 pommel horse world champion Max Whitlock, returning to the city where he made history for Britain in November. Joining Max will be teammate and five-time Commonwealth champion and world team bronze medallist Claudia Fragapane and Scotsman Daniel Purvis, World Championships silver medal winner and Commonwealth Games champion.

Joining the British trio are some of the world’s top gymnasts including 2014 World champion Mykayla Skinner (USA), 2015 European bars champion Maria Kharenkova (RUS) and the 2013 European all-around champion and 2015 silver medallist David Bekyavskiy (RUS).

Tickets for the Glasgow World Cup, which is delivered in partnership between British Gymnastics and Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding support from EventScotland and UK Sport, are available from www.glasgowworldcup.com or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

The British Swimming Championships (Olympic Trials) and British Para-Swimming International Meet (Paralympic Trials) will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on 12-17 April and 23 to 27 April respectively, where Britain’s top swimmers be looking to secure their place in Rio.

Among those competing will be triple world champion and double world record holder Adam Peaty, Commonwealth Games gold medallists Ross Murdoch and Hannah Miley and Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds OBE who has an incredible two Olympic, 12 world and 10 European titles to her name. Please visit www.swimming.org/britishswimming for ticket details.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “It is with great delight we are able to build on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games by utilising our outstanding sporting facilities, such as the Emirates Arena and Tollcross International Swimming Centre, to welcome inspirational Olympic and World champions to Scotland.

“Glasgow has played a crucial part in the country’s ever-strengthening reputation as the perfect stage for events, and 2016 is set to be another tremendously significant year for the city.

Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Glasgow is enjoying a golden era of sport having just delivered the best ever Commonwealth Games, the IPC Swimming World Championships and the recent World Gymnastics Championships, which set a new benchmark for gymnastics and indoor sporting events. 

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