Gym­nas­tics World Cup will be ma­jor coup for city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Staff Re­porter

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

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