Five World Championships secured in boost to UK’s ‘spectacular decade of sport’

Published 8 May 2019

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UK Sport’s strategy to establish the UK as a leading host of global sporting events has received a boost over the past three months, with five World Championships announcing that they are coming to the UK. 

It has been announced today (8 May 2019) that the World Skate Street League Skateboarding World Championships will be hosted in London in May 2020. It will be the final qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the sport’s inaugural debut at the Olympic Games. This final event in May 2020 represents the culmination of the excitement and anticipation generated throughout WS/SLS’ qualification Tour, featuring the highest stakes event of the season, deciding the 2020 Street Skateboarding World Champions and the official roster of 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers for both the Men’s and Women’s divisions.

The World Trampoline Championships in 2023 will be hosted in Birmingham and is the first international legacy event to be secured for the city following the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The other events already announced for the UK are the innovative new hosting concept of a combined UCI 2023 Cycling World Championships (Glasgow and Scotland), the 2023 World Canoe Slalom Championships (London), and the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships (London). 

UK Sport, the nation’s high-performance sports agency, is the strategic lead for the bidding and staging of sporting events in the UK, managing both Government and National Lottery investment in competitions taking place in towns and cities right across the country. As part of UK Sport’s vision to ‘inspire the nation’ the events strategy looks to not only showcase the UK’s international sporting talent, but also deliver a social impact, in line with the Government’s Sporting Futures strategy.

These five events alone are set to deliver over £84m in economic impact, expose over 1.6m spectators to world class sport and provide 2,000 opportunities for volunteers.

These events will be adding to those already secured, in what promises to be an exciting decade of sport:

• 2020 Men’s World Curling Championships, Glasgow

• EURO 2020, London and Glasgow

• Women’s EURO 2021, England

• 2021 Rugby League World Cup, England

• 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham

• 2022 World Gymnastics Championships, Liverpool

Minister for Sport, Mims Davies, said: "The UK has a decade of spectacular sport to look forward to. Not only is this great news for the economy and for visitor numbers across the UK but it will be a fantastic way to inspire a generation of young people to take part in physical activity and develop a love of sport that continues for a lifetime."

Simon Morton, COO, UK Sport, said: “Through hosting global events such as these, our sports have huge power to showcase the UK as an engaged and welcoming country. 

“UK Sport’s vision is to inspire the nation; what better way to do that than by bringing the world’s best athletes to our doorstep and showcasing their inspirational talents through such a diverse range of events.”  

Sabatino Aracu, World Skate President, said: “The World Skate Street League Skateboarding World Championships in 2020 will be a high point for skateboarding.

London is a natural home for major events and the World Championships will build on the highly successful WS/SLS World Tour London events staged in May last year and scheduled again at the Copper Box Arena later this month.

London has a true passion for skateboarding, we are proud to partner with the city and community for an event of this significance which I’m confident will be a great success.” 

Morinari Watanabe, FIG President, said: “We are delighted to be bring our pinnacle events to the UK in the coming years. The UK has always raised the bar for our World Championship events, both in terms of delivering passionate, knowledgeable crowds and an innovative spectator experience. We look forward to working in partnership to do the same in Liverpool in 2022 and Birmingham in 2023.”

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