By Duncan Mackay

Glasgow_2015_Gymnastics_candidate_cityMay 22 - Glasgow has won its bid to host the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, beating rivals Paris and Orlando, it was announced in San Jose today.

Paris were eliminated in the first round when the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Council voted at its meeting in California today.

Glasgow then polled 23 votes to Orlando's 13 in the second round of voting to secure the event which will be the main qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The event is scheduled to be held in the National Arena Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), that is due to open in 2013 and host the gymnastics at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which the city is hosting.

The bid was developed by British Gymnastics with the support of UK Sport, Event Scotland and the City of Glasgow's major event teams.

It will be the third occasion that Britain has staged the event, which  has been held annually since 1903 - except in Olympic years.

Britain first held it in Birmingham in 1993 and then again in 2009 in London, when they took place in the O2, which is due to host gymnastics during next year's Olympics.

Glasgow's bid was underpinned by £2 million ($3 million) of public funding and is due to be held between October 18 and November 2, 2015, in the £120 million ($194 million) SECC arena, holding up to 12,000 spectators.

The 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships were awarded to Stuttgart and the 2015 Trampoline World Championships to Odense in Denmark.

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