Glasgow in shortlist for Sports City of the Year award

Crowds at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year
The Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow last year

Glasgow is on a shortlist of four cities from around the world in the running to be crowned Sports City of the Year later this month.

The inaugural SportAccord Awards recognise and honour excellence in the sporting world.

The winners of eight categories are set to be announced in Sochi on 23 April.

The Russian city is also in the running for the best city award along with Glasgow, Rio de Janerio in Brazil and Warsaw in Poland.

Lausanne in Switzerland, Milan in Italy, Lisbon in Portugal and Phoenix in USA were on an initial list of eight finalists but did not make the top four following a public vote.

Glasgow's nomination for the 2015 SportAccord Awards comes after a year in which it hosted the Commonwealth Games and the IAAF Diamond League and Gymnastics World Cup.

Its nomination was announced on the day Glasgow City Council formally approved funding for the co-hosting of the inaugural 2018 European Sports Championships.

The 12-day event will bring together already established athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing and triathlon events as part of a new multi-sport concept.

There is an aspiration to add golf to the championships.

Later this year, Glasgow will host the IPC World Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre and World Gymnastics Championships.

Glasgow was ranked number number in the world in the 2014 SportsBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards having been ranked number nine in 2012 and number 11 in 2010.

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