By Gary Anderson

November 29 - London's Olympic Stadium is one of the major venues being utilised by the Gold Event Series when it stages the IAAF and IPC Athletics World Championships in 2017 © Getty Images With the confirmation that London's Olympic Aquatics Centre will stage the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series, UK Sport has claimed that it has reached its halfway target of bringing 70 world-class events to the UK by 2019.

The diving event will be the 35th top level international event secured since UK Sport launched its Gold Event Series in November 2012.

The Gold Event Series aims to establish the UK as one of the premier host destinations for international events with one of its key aims being the creation of a lasting legacy from the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As part of this, many of the venues from both Games in London and Glasgow will be used to attract these events, including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, London Velodrome and the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

Along with the Diving World Series, the Olympic Aquatics Centre will also host the 2016 European Swimming Championships, the London Velodrome will stage the 2016 International Cycling Federation (UCI) Track Cycling World Championships while the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in 2017 will take place at the Olympic Stadium, along with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships.

Olympic champion Jade Jones will be competing at the WTF Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester next month which is part of the UK Sport Gold Event Series © AFP / Getty ImagesOlympic champion Jade Jones will be competing at the WTF Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester next month which is part of the UK Sport Gold Event Series © AFP / Getty Images

Glasgow's Hydro Arena has been confirmed as the host venue for the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2015.

Before then, Glasgow will host the FIG All Around World Cup next week, while in 2015 the IPC World Swimming Championships and the International Judo Federation (IJF) European Judo Championships are due to take place in the city.

"UK Sport is determined to play a full role in building a strong legacy from London 2012," said Liz Nicholl, UK Sport's chief executive.

"Our Gold Event Series is making excellent use of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venues and is bringing inspirational experiences of world class sport to the nation.

"Sports are also committing to using this platform to engage more people in sporting activity.

"There is also an important performance element to our strategy as we know athletes thrive on competing in a home environment and many of these events will play a part in securing qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

The Series is funded by £27million ($44 million/€32.4 million) of National Lottery money and upon its launch UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) claimed that it will provide opportunities for an estimated 2.5 million spectators to experience world-class sport and also generate around £287million ($454 million/€333 million) of additional revenue for host cities and regions across the UK.

Fourteen events have already been staged in the UK, including the Rugby League World Cup, the final of which takes place at Old Trafford in Manchester tomorrow between holders New Zealand and Australia.

The Hydro Arena in Glasgow will host the 2015 FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships © Getty Images The Hydro Arena in Glasgow will host the 2015 FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships ©Getty Images

Manchester is also set to host the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Grand Prix next month while the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series will take place there next April.

"I love the buzz of competing in front of a home crowd it gives me a real lift," said Olympic champion Laura Trott, who competed at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester last month, which came under the Gold Event Series umbrella.

"Fans here are so passionate and knowledgeable it can really give an edge to your performance.

"The Gold Event Series has helped bring so many Olympic and Paralympic sporting events to the UK - it plays a key role in keeping public interest in sports alive."

UK Sport says that events will be scheduled to take place in 20 cities across the UK in the coming years and not just in the main recognised centres.

Worcester is set to welcome the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) European Basketball Championships in 2015 while in the same year the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) European Eventing Championships head to Perthshire in Scotland.

Earlier this month, England also was awarded the hosting rights for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women's Hockey World Cup in 2018.

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