Glasgow to host Gymnastics World Championships in 2015

Daniel Keatings on the Pommel Horse
The World Artistic Gymnastic Championships is coming to Glasgow in 2015

Glasgow has been named host city for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships, bringing the event to Scotland for the first time.

The joint bid from British Gymnastics, Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and UK Sport beat off competition from Paris and Orlando.

The championships will be held in the 12,500-seat Scottish National Arena, currently under construction.

The arena will host gymnastics and netball at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In 2015, an estimated 525 gymnasts from 80 countries will take part in 10 days of competition.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said: "It is fantastic that we are able to confirm the 2015 Gymnastics World Championships as one of the showcase world championships the UK is set to host beyond 2012.

"In securing this event and the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships, we have made a great start towards using the catalyst of both the London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 Games to position the UK as a world leading host nation."

British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen added: "As the qualification event for the 2016 Olympic Games we are sure that all British gymnasts will benefit hugely from the terrific home-crowd support that we have become accustomed to receiving in the city."

The World Artistic Gymnastic Championships were held in London for the first time in 2009, while Tokyo will stage this year's event in October.