2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships come to Liverpool
Liverpool is awarded an International competition at the city’s Echo Arena.
Liverpool has been selected as the host city for the 2022 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships, bringing the event to the UK for an impressive fourth time. The announcement demonstrates how gymnastics in the UK continues to go from strength to strength and make an impact on the world stage.
The unanimous decision by the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) follows a combined bid between British Gymnastics, Liverpool City Council and UK Sport. It is a sign of continued confidence in British Gymnastics and UK Sport who have worked together for more than 10 years to win and deliver major international events. The success of the award-winning 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, alongside the bid’s promise to create the most innovative World Artistic Gymnastics Championships yet, impressed the FIG Council.
Liverpool is one of the gymnastics strongholds in the UK and has a longstanding relationship with British Gymnastics, staging British Championships at the prestigious city venue since 2011. Many World and Olympic medallists hail from the region, the most decorated being bid-supporter, Beth Tweddle MBE.
The 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be one of the largest international sporting events ever to be held in Liverpool with an estimated 600 gymnasts from 90 countries taking part in 10 days of competition. The local economic impact of the event is estimated at £5.1 million.
Beth Tweddle MBE said “I’m thrilled to see this prestigious event coming to my home town. That would have inspired me so much as a young gymnast.”
Liverpool will join an elite list of cities that have hosted the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships including Doha (2018), Montreal (1985 and 2017), Glasgow (2015), Tokyo (2011), London (2009), Melbourne (2005), Lausanne (1997), Brisbane (1994) and Paris (1992).
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “It is a huge sporting coup for Liverpool to host the World Gymnastics Championships in 2022 and a unique opportunity to showcase the city to a global audience.
“Liverpool has a fantastic track record in nurturing gymnastic talent, like Beth, and we’ve fostered a great relationship with British Gymnastics so the 2022 World Championships will be a great way to celebrate our decade-long journey together and kick-start the countdown to the Paris Olympics.
“With our world class facilities, brilliant partners and unbelievably passionate crowds we look forward to giving the sport of gymnastics a World Championships to remember.”
The 2022 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships will be the 51st edition and delivered in partnership between British Gymnastics and Liverpool City Council with financial support from The National Lottery through UK Sport.