Double Olympian delight as Glasgow 2019 smashes through one-month-to-go milestone

There is now only one month to go until some of the world’s leading athletes descend on Glasgow and Scotland between 1-3 March and today (Friday 1 February 2019), Philip and Butchart were in front of the mass media at the Emirates Arena to celebrate this milestone.

The Championships will return to the iconic city for the first time since 1990 and there will be 650 athletes from more than 45 nations setting their sights on glory, as they touch down next month.

Asha Philip, a British sprinter, has had nothing short of a remarkable career. She sparked her athletic journey by rewriting the history books as a teenager, as she became the IAAF World Youth Indoor Champion in 2007. Since suffering a career-threatening cruciate injury, which meant she was unable to take part in any physical activity for two years, she has made an incredible return. Philip now holds a wealth of titles to her name and can proudly say she is an Olympic Bronze Medalist and European Indoor 60m Champion currently holding the national record across that distance, to name just a few.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist is now fully focused on Glasgow 2019. She said: “Now that we’ve officially passed 1month-to-go milestone until the European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019, my excitement levels are very high as I am sure the rest of the athletes are too. To have the opportunity to compete at a fantastic event in a world-class venue in front of a home crowd, is something that I can’t wait for. The competition will be tough for all athletes, my aim is to keep working hard to make sure I give myself the best chance of arriving in Glasgow in top condition ready to compete for a medal.”

The city of Glasgow welcomes the return of the Championship as it continues to build its reputation as a truly world class sporting city. The competition will be the second major European event held in Glasgow within twelve months after a hugely successful inaugural European Championships last August. Glasgow continues to receive global recognition for this reputation with a coveted top five ranking as a sporting destination.

Andrew Butchart, the British 5,000m runner, has turned in some amazing performances at the highest level in sport, most notably, at the Olympic Games in 2016 and at the IAAF World Championships in 2017. The Stirling born runner will have his sights set on clinching success in front of a home crowd next month as he comes off the back of a major injury which meant  the 27-year-old was forced to rule himself out of last year’s Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2019 will present a real opportunity to not only perform but a chance clinch success in front of a home crowd. Today he looked ahead to the Championships: “The Emirates arena will be the place to be in early March! I’ll put on a good show along with the other Scottish athletes and give the crowd something to cheer about. Super excited to get on the track and race in front of a home crowd.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “The Championships promises to be an incredible event for the 600 competing athletes and for the spectators watching in the arena and on TV around the world. With Olympic, World and European medalists competing, the 3-day event is sure to bring some show-stopping performances to the Emirate’s Arena. Scotland is the perfect stage for sporting events and the Championships will once again underline our country’s enviable credentials as an event host.”

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life and Co-Chair of the Glasgow 2019 Steering Committee, said: “It seems like it was only yesterday when we won the bid to host the European Athletics Indoor Championships and the journey since then has been absolutely fantastic. I’m proud and honored to have yet another major sporting event coming to Glasgow and I’m sure these Championships will deliver another world-class experience for both the athletes and the fans. The atmosphere inside the Emirates over the three days of competition will be special and, now that is only one month away is something I can’t wait for.”

Cherry Alexander MBE, Major Events Director at British Athletics and Sport Director for Glasgow 2019, said: “From bidding for the championships through to celebrating this major milestone of one month to go, the excitement for the return of major international athletics to Glasgow has been fantastic to see. Preparations are well on track across the board, and the noise of the Glasgow crowd will certainly make for a great atmosphere across the three days of action.

“We’ve seen some amazing performances already this indoor season with Asha and Andrew being two of those athletes who have really laid down some eye-catching markers. It really does go to show the motivation that a home championships instils in athletes, and I’m sure they will be two of countless athletes who will produce show-stopping runs, jumps and throws come one month’s time.”

Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick said: “We are now only one month away from the start of the European Indoor Athletic Championships, which is the first major event of the year in another busy sporting calendar for Scotland. I am really looking forward to seeing some of the most talented athletes in Europe compete in a packed out Emirates Arena, in what I am sure will be another successful event.”

The Emirates Arena, built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has a capacity of 5000 and is one of the largest indoor sports venues in Europe hosting a diverse range of sporting events throughout the year.

The European Athletics Indoor Championship Glasgow 2019 is guaranteed to give the Scottish crowd unmissable entertainment. The full competition schedule is now live on www.glasgow2019athletics.com with tickets selling out fast, make sure you grab yours for your favourite event.

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