World Athletics Indoor Championships head to Glasgow

Glasgow’s Emirates Arena has been awarded hosting rights to the 2024 edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships.

The landing of the Worlds comes after the Arena hosted the European Indoor Championships in 2019. The dates of the 2024 event are still to be finalised but it is expected that the Championships will be held in March.

The Emirates Arena has hosted a range of sports, including tennis and basketball, since opening in 2012. The venue also hosted track cycling and badminton events during Glasgow’s staging of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Councillor David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life and deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The announcement by World Athletics recognises Glasgow’s global reputation as a first-choice host for major sporting events and as a city with a track record of delivering world-class event experiences.

“It’s a privilege to be bringing the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships to the Emirates Arena, which is widely regarded as one of the best athletics venues in the world.”

Ian Beattie, chair of UK Athletics, added: “World Athletics has demonstrated their confidence in the UK to host global athletics championships once again, and history has shown time and time again our ability to deliver amazing events.

“We’re thrilled with the outcome and look forward to a successful championships working alongside our partners that will truly give all athletes a fantastic stage upon which to perform.”

Meanwhile, Lima will become the first Peruvian city to host a World Athletics Series event in 2024 when it stages the World Athletics U20 Championships.

Luis Condeso Ocampo, general director of the local organising committee in Lima, said: “We assume this designation with great responsibility, and be sure that the Peruvian Athletics Federation, with all the support of the Peruvian Sports Institute, the Municipality of Lima, and all sportspeople in Peru, will make the World U20 Championships in Lima an unforgettable experience for all participants.”

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