The European Athletics Indoor Championships will come to Scotland in 2019 after Glasgow was awarded the event by European Athletics following a successful bid.
The event will be held at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, which earlier this year hosted the prestigious Indoor Grand Prix, the world’s No.1 indoor athletics event, and the British Athletics International Match from 2013 to 2015.
More than 600 athletes from the 50 European Athletics Member Federation countries are expected to participate in the three-day event, making it one of the biggest sporting events ever to be held in Glasgow.
Glasgow previously hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships at Kelvin Hall in 1990. More recently it was staged in Birmingham in 2007.
European 800m champion and Scottish record holder, Lynsey Sharp, is confident that Glasgow can deliver the best-ever European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019. She said:
“This is great news for Glasgow, for athletics in the UK in general and Scotland in particular. I’m sure it will be an amazing championships that athletes and the community will be proud to be part of. Competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to compete on home turf again.
“Scotland has proved that we can host great major athletics events and I’m confident that 2019 will be the best-ever European Indoor Championships.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:
“We are delighted that Scotland has been awarded the right to host the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships, one of the world’s most prestigious athletics events and one that will enhance the country’s reputation as the perfect stage for events.
“Securing this event for the Emirates Arena, just a few months after the inaugural European Championships, cements Glasgow’s position as one of the world’s leading sporting cities and places Scotland at the very heart of European sport. We look forward to working closely with European Athletics in the coming months to deliver this landmark event in one of our flagship venues.”