Echo Arena has good news for 2018 despite the car park fire that forced the venue to cancel the last day of the Liverpool International Horse Show over the holiday weekend. Liverpool, UK Sport and British Gymnastics are to bid to host the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships. What would be the city’s biggest ever international sporting event, would be held at the waterfront based Echo Arena complex, which has annually hosted the British Championships since 2012.
And as part of the bid, British Gymnastics have announced the Kings Dock venue, which has held Davis Cup ties and many other major sporting events, will continue to host these championships until 2022.
The move is designed to underpin a capacity building and audience development programme, as well as providing the GB team with the best possible opportunity to qualify as one of the top three nations for Paris.
Mayor Joe Anderson said:
The World Gymnastics Championships in 2022 would be a huge sporting occasion for Liverpool and a unique opportunity to showcase the city to a global audience.
Liverpool has a fantastic track record in nurturing gymnastic talent like triple world champion Beth Tweddle and we’ve fostered a great relationship with British Gymnastics by hosting its championships since 2012, so a 2022 World Championship would be great way to celebrate a decade long journey.
A lot of hard work remains to be done but our exciting bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games undoubtedly boosted the city’s reputation for its ability to host prestigious sporting events.
We have world class facilities, brilliant partners in the city and in British Gymnastics and UK Sport, and we have the x-factor in our passionate crowds who are second to none, so I can guarantee we would give the sport of gymnastics a World Championships to remember.
Both UK Sport, which will support the bid through National Lottery funding, and British Gymnastics regard Liverpool’s ability to co-locate all competition and training facilities at the Kings Dock as a huge asset – with on-campus hotels requiring minimal transport requirements for athletes, coaching staff and judges.
Matthew Greenwood, Events Director at British Gymnastics, said: “We are delighted to partner with Liverpool City Council and UK Sport on the bid for the 2022 World Championships. We have a rich history of working together and staging magnificent events in the city. To bring the World Championships back to the UK ahead of the Paris Olympic Games and host it in Liverpool would be fantastic.’
Esther Britten, Head of Major Events of UK Sport, said:
Bidding for the World Gymnastics Championships forms part of our ambitious strategy to invest National Lottery funding to maintain the UK as a world-leading host of innovative and inspirational international sporting events. Seven years on from successfully hosting the 2015 Championships in Glasgow, we look forward to working in partnership with British Gymnastics, City of Liverpool and the FIG on the 2022 edition.
The Federation of International Gymnastics is expected to announce the winning bid for the 2022 World Championships at its next council meeting in Istanbul in May 2018.