The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) believes Glasgow has set a benchmark for future hosts of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships to aspire to after the Scottish city exceeded expectations with its recent staging of the event.
The Championships ended yesterday (Sunday) and senior officials within the sport have hailed the event a huge success, claiming that the production was “better than the Olympic Games”.
Bruno Grandi, president of the FIG, said: “These World Championships have been wonderful in every aspect. I would like to thank the city, because gymnastics, this magnificent sport, needs to try to continue to organise competitions in this manner.”
Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena introduced a large screen and a stage on which it presented the gymnasts before a backdrop of smoke and flames, which Grandi felt added to the spectacle. Judges were also located above and away from the field of play in a bid to focus more on the action on the mat.
Grandi added: “By presenting them this way, the gymnasts became actors in a grand production. It was even better than the Olympic Games, and for this we owe a lot to the Glasgow 2015 Organising Committee. With these World Championships, we have become even more professional in our way of doing things.”
Jane Allen, chief executive of British Gymnastics, said: “As an Olympic qualifying event, we wanted this World Championships to be run to the highest of standards so the athletes could feel that they were taking centre stage while achieving their goals.”
The Championships served as a qualifying event for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Due to the Olympics, the event will not be held next year but is scheduled to travel to Montreal, Doha and Stuttgart from 2017 to 2019.