World-class gymnastics will return to Glasgow in 2018 when the Scottish city stages the 33rd Men’s and 32nd Women’s European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
The senior championships will be staged as part of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships.
Glasgow has a longstanding relationship with gymnastics having hosted its first Grand Prix event in 1997. The city memorably hosted the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, and this event was credited widely with setting a new standard for the sport.
Around 80,000 spectators watched the world’s best gymnasts perform in the SSE Hydro arena, which will also stage the European championships in 2018, and a record 594 gymnasts from 87 nations took part on that occasion.
The 2015 world championships had an estimated global audience of 650 million viewers, and TV interest is expected to be high again in 2018 with the European championships being watched not just across the continent but around the world.
In 2018, around 300 gymnasts from the European Union of Gymnastics’ 50 Member Federations are expected to compete in Glasgow.
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“Several times before Glasgow has shown their organisational skills. I am delighted that European Gymnastics will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of Glasgow as a host city and of their commitment to sport in general, and gymnastics specifically,” said the European Union of Gymnastics President Georges Guelzec.
The 2018 championships will have a worldwide appeal to fans of the sport as European men took five of the six individual apparatus gold medals, and European women two of the four titles on offer, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Rio champions Max Whitlock, Eleftherios Petrounias, Oleg Vernyayev, Fabian Hambüchen, Aliya Mustafina and Sanne Wevers could have the spotlight shone on them once again in Glasgow.
The gymnastics in 2018 will have a worldwide appeal as European men took five of the six individual apparatus gold medals and European women two of the four titles on offer at Rio 2016.
However, there is always a new generation coming through to challenge the established stars, and many of the European junior champions this summer – such as Great Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran who won three gold medals, including the individual all-around title in the Swiss city of Berne – will have graduated to the senior stage.
Number of medal events: 12
Number of competition days: 6
Number of athletes: 311
First edition: 1955
In the summer of 2018 Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.
Tickets for both the Berlin 2018 European Championships and Glasgow 2018 European Championships are on sale.