Glasgow succeeds in bid to be named European Capital of Sport in 2023

The UCI Track Cycling World Cup is to be held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (pictured) this weekend. Picture: JPIMedia
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup is to be held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (pictured) this weekend. Picture: JPIMedia
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Glasgow has succeeded in its bid to be named European Capital of Sport in 2023, becoming the first city to claim the accolade on two occasions.

The title announcement was made by Brussels-based sporting association ACES Europe, with 2023 marking twenty years since Glasgow was last bestowed the honour.

Glasgow beat Genoa to the title, which will coincide with the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships.

Depute leader of Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life chair, Councillor David McDonald, commented: "Sport is part of this great city's DNA".

"It is a huge honour that this investment and our commitment to sport has been recognised by ACES Europe and we're thrilled that Glasgow will be the first European city to have won this great accolade twice.

"In 2023, the eyes of the world will once again be on Glasgow and Scotland as we host the first ever UCI World Cycling Championships - and as the European Capital of Sport, we further add to our global sporting credentials."

Gian Francesco Lupattelli, President of ACES Europe, said: "I can see that the city has not stood still since 2003 but gone from strength to strength, with the addition of some truly world-class facilities and sport and health initiatives taking place which has seen usage levels rise significantly."

Glasgow was previously awarded the title in 2003.