Glasgow to host 2019 Euro Indoor Champs

Lynsey Sharp celebrates her silver medal at the 2014 Ccommonwealth Games

Lynsey Sharp will have a chance to win another medal on home soil, after a silver at Glasgow 2014

Glasgow has won the right to host the 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships, at the Emirates Arena.

The city was awarded the event ahead of favourites Minsk, plus Dutch contender Apeldoorn and Polish candidate Torun.

The Emirates Arena earlier this year hosted the prestigious Indoor Grand Prix and the British Athletics International Match from 2013 to 2015.

Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and previously the European Indoors at the Kelvin Hall in 1990.

“This is great news for Glasgow, for athletics in the UK in general and Scotland in particular,” said Lynsey Sharp, the European 800m champion and Scottish record holder who won a Commonwealth silver medal in the city two years ago.

“I’m sure it will be an amazing championships that athletes and the community will be proud to be part of.

“Competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to compete on home turf again. Scotland has proved that we can host great major athletics events and I’m confident that 2019 will be the best ever European Indoor Championships.”

More than 600 athletes from the 50 European Athletics Member Federation countries are expected to participate in the three-day event, making it one of the biggest sporting events ever to be held in Glasgow.

Niels de Vos, chief executive of British Athletics, added: “With the city’s amazing track record of hosting major events, in particular the 2014 Commonwealth Games and British Athletics events for many years, I’m certain that this will be a great championships.

“This event will cap off an exciting few years for British Athletics following the recent IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Cardiff, the 2017 IAAF and IPC World Championships in London and the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.”

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