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, with the senior championships forming part of the inaugural multisport European Championships.
Glasgow has a long-standing relationship with gymnastics, having welcomed its first Grand Prix event in 1997. The city memorably hosted the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, widely credited with setting a new standard for the sport. Around 80,000 spectators watched the world’s best gymnasts perform in the SSE Hydro arena, also the venue for 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 will compete in Glasgow.
Glasgow has shown their organisational skills several times before, I am delighted that European Gymnastics will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of Glasgow as a host city and of its commitment to sport in general and Gymnastics specifically.
– European Union of Gymnastics President Georges Guelzec.
The 2018 championships will have a worldwide appeal to fans of the sport as at the Rio Olympic Games two years ago European men took five of the six individual apparatus gold medals and European women two of the four titles on offer.
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.
Host venue of the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the stunning SSE Hydro has witnessed plenty of special sporting moments over the years and will help to create them once again as the Gymnastics host venue for Glasgow 2018.
- Parallel Bars
- Horizontal Bar
- Pommel Horse
- Uneven Bars
Formed in 1982, the European Union of Gymnastics (Union Européenne de Gymnastique or UEG) has 50 national member federations. The UEG represents different facets of European gymnastics, from Olympic sports to gymnastics for all. The UEG organises competitions in four Olympic disciplines and the three non-Olympic disciplines, and also leisure sport disciplines for all age groups. Alongside its international events, the UEG also organises galas, general gymnastics festivals, youth festivals and gymnaestradas, where hundreds of thousands of athletes come together.