Thursday, March 26, 2015

Scotland to host European Sports Championships

“We look forward to working in partnership to bring these Championships alive and rally the fantastic support that the Scottish public showed during last year’s Games.” Scottish Swimming Chief Executive Forbes Dunlop

British Swimming and Scottish Swimming have welcomed today’s launch of a new European Sports Championships for 2018 – a multi-sport event that will include aquatics.

Swimming, diving and synchronised swimming will be joined by athletics, cycling, rowing and triathlon in staging the first edition of the European Sports Championships. The event will be hosted in and around Glasgow with athletics taking place in Berlin.

The objective of the new event will be to bring stand-alone European Championships together in a new format every four years. The inaugural event will be staged over a 12-day period in the summer of 2018.

The European Swimming Championships will take place at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre, with diving and synchronised swimming taking place at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool. One highlight of the event promises to be open water marathon swimming being staged in Loch Lomond.

British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow City and Scottish Swimming on this ground breaking project.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase some of the best swimmers in the world in Glasgow and for British swimmers to prepare on their way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

“This innovative event builds on the success of the Commonwealth Games and we believe this will change European Championships for decades to come. It’s an opportunity to showcase swimming and other sports and to recapture the magic that we all experienced in the summer of 2014.”

Commenting on the announcement, Scottish Swimming Chief Executive Forbes Dunlop said: “The European Sports Championships provides another platform for some of the best swimmers and divers in the world to compete at world class venues in Scotland.

“We look forward to working in partnership to bring these Championships alive and rally the fantastic support that the Scottish public showed during last year’s Games.”

Article courtesy of British Swimming. For  more information, please contact David Richards, Head of Communications on david.richards@swimming.org or 07789926136

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