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Glasgow to co-host first Euro Sports Championships

VelodromeThe first European Sports Championships are to be co-hosted by Scotland and Germany in 2018 in what will be another multi-million pound spin-off for Glasgow.

Cycling, rowing and swimming will be among the events taking place when 2,900 athletes descend on Scotland for the 10-12 day event. Berlin will stage athletics events.

Scottish minister for sport Jamie Hepburn said the event “will be another chance for Scotland to prove it’s the perfect stage for top class events”.

It comes as a huge boost to Glasgow shortly after the Commonwealth Games and many of the venues will be used for the Championships which are funded jointly by the Scottish government and Glasgow City Council.

The four cycling championships will be staged together for the first time – track, road race, mountain-biking and BMX. A BMX track will be built in Glasgow. The event organisers are hoping to include golf at Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland said: “After the stunning success of the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in Scotland in 2014, people kept asking us ‘what’s next’?  How could we continue and grow our reputation for hosting world-class events?  Well, here we are, ready to show Scotland to the world once more for the 2018 European Sports Championships.

“For Scotland to keep winning such lucrative bids ahead of larger countries and cities, many might say we’re punching above our weight – and why not?  We’ve proved we can achieve and that size really doesn’t matter when you excel in quality.  Already this year we have hosted the Davis Cup, and with the World Gymnastics Championships, World Orienteering Championships and IPC World Swimming Championships in the next few months, to name but a few, the momentum is outstanding.

“As well as generating significant economic impacts for the country through event tourism, this is an opportunity to show off our venues, innovation, and globally renowned welcome to millions of people worldwide.   With open water activity in Loch Lomond, cycling and swimming in Glasgow, diving in Edinburgh and rowing and triathlon events in North Lanarkshire, it’s a wonderful chance to illustrate the wealth of locations on offer and ensure we create a country-wide spectacle to remember.

“Our partnership with colleagues in Berlin will open up fantastic tourism and business marketing opportunities, which will be boosted by the free-to-air television coverage around Europe. 2018 will also see us celebrate the Year of Young People and we look forward to integrating that theme and opportunities into the Championships as the project develops over the next three years.”

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