Glasgow to bid for 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

30 April 2014 / 16:42

The National Ice Skating Association has submitted a bid to host the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Glasgow – and expect to hear their fate in just over a month.

The UK last held the World Figure Skating Championships in Birmingham in 1995 but did host the Europeans in Sheffield in 2012 with the decision anticipated to be made in June.

That follows the ISU’s congress in Dublin with the NISA bidding in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and UK Sport.

Success would enhance the new investment that NISA is making into developing talent and growing participation and chief executive Nick Sellwood is hopeful of winning the right.

He said: “The ISU World Figure Skating Championships were last held in the UK in 1995 in Birmingham, so it would be fantastic to bring this prestigious championship to Glasgow.

“It is one of the largest annual ice skating events in the world attracting more than 170 skaters from almost 40 countries in a superb showcase of figure skating.

“Our bid comes on the back of the hugely successful ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2012 which we hosted in Sheffield. We hope to build on this with the staging of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017.”

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