Gymnastics World Cup will be major coup for city
BIRMINGHAM’S reputation for hosting world-class sporting events is set for another boost after British Gymnastics chose it to host its 2018 World Cup.
It is a huge coup as the city pursues its bid to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games and will see some of the best gymnasts in the world heading for Birmingham in March.
The Gymnastics World Cup is held across four stages in different countries each year with the UK, US, Germany and Japan playing host in 2018.
The UK leg will be held at Arena Birmingham on March 21 and 22, just three weeks after the same venue welcomes the globe’s top athletes for the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
This is the latest top-class sporting event for Birmingham and will add further weight to the city’s campaign to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games which includes gymnastics among its sports.
Among the events hosted by Birmingham in recent years are Davis Cup Tennis and Indoor Grand Prix athletics, both held at Arena Birmingham, the third Ashes cricket test and two matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The city is also now just days away from hosting the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon which is also being seen as a test bed race for the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.
They all generate millions for the city’s tourism economy and are seen as a major opportunity for Birming- ham to show the watching world can host major events.
Jane Allen, chief executive of British Gymnastics, said: “We are delighted to bring this world-class gymnastics event to Birmingham which has a long history of staging gymnastics championships at World, European and British Championship levels.
“Birmingham and the West Midlands has produced some of the most successful British gymnasts in it history and it is time to return to Birmingham and stage this spectacular event.”
Coun Ian Ward, new leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “All eyes again will be on Birmingham as hosts of another significant international sporting event and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best gymnasts to our city.
> Gymnastic star Ellie Downie will be at the launch event at Arena Birmingham