Glasgow to host multi-sport event

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Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Glasgow will co-host a multi-sport competition in 2018 which includes the swimming and cycling European Championships, organisers have announced.

The city, which hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will combine with Berlin for the inaugural event, with almost 3000 athletes from aquatics, cycling, rowing and triathlon competing in Scotland.

A further 1500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the venture, which will take place across 10 to 12 days.

The event is funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.

Swimming will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, diving and synchronised swimming at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and open water swimming at Loch Lomond.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will host track cycling, Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails will be used for cross-country, the streets of Glasgow for the road disciplines and a BMX track will be built in the city for the fourth cycling discipline.

Rowing and triathlon will be staged at Strathclyde Country Park, while there is the possibility of golf at Gleneagles, the 2014 Ryder Cup venue, being added to the schedule.

Berlin will host athletics at the Olympic Stadium.

Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health Jamie Hepburn said: “Last summer Scotland showed the world what a tremendous job it can do when it comes to staging major sporting events, with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup both hugely successful.

“As part of the legacy of those events, we want to attract even more top class sport to Scotland, and the European Sports Championships is certainly in that category.

“The European Sports Championships will be another chance for Scotland to prove it’s the perfect stage for top class events.

“Not only will this be a fantastic opportunity for Scottish sports fans to see some of Europe’s top athletes competing in our world-class venues, it will also attract visitors from around the continent, providing a great boost to the economy.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We have been chosen because of our excellence and innovation and our proven ability to stage world-class events.

“Major events have become part of the bread and butter of our city’s economy and we can now look forward with tremendous excitement and focus to the next big thing on the Glasgow calendar.”

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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