Glasgow lands swimming's 2018 European Championships on back of successful Commonwealth Games
Swimming's European Championships are to remain in the UK in 2018 after Glasgow was today awarded the hosting rights by LEN, aquatics' continental governing body.
London's Aquatic Centre, the venue for swimming at the London 2012 Olympics, will host the 2016 edition, and the LEN Bureau announced that Glasgow will take on the hosting role two years later.
The event includes swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and open water swimming.
It is the first major championships awarded to the Scottish city in the wake of its successful hosting of this year's Commonwealth Games, which finished earlier this month.
It will also be the first time in the biennial event's history that Scotland will play host.
Speaking in Berlin, Germany where the 2014 European Championships close on Sunday, Paolo Barelli, LEN president, said: "The new policy of LEN is to choose major European cities in order to ensure the best possible conditions to the continent’s elite swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers and open water swimmers and to all representatives of our national federations.
"The LEN Bureau acted in this sense while choosing Glasgow. Everyone had the chance to watch the outstanding success of the Commonwealth Games, recently held in the city. Organising that event at such a high level is a kind of guarantee for us for 2018."
Berlin and London were awarded hosting rights to their respective championships three years before the event, but Barelli said the ruling bureau had taken the decision to act earlier.
He explained: "LEN is envisioning the need to allocate our most important events well in advance in order to secure enough time to our hosts to prepare everything the best possible way and be ready to stage a wonderful show, worthy of a worldwide success."
Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The decision by LEN to choose Glasgow as the host for the championships in 2018 is a direct legacy from hosting the Commonwealth Games where the swimming events were among the highlights with capacity crowds and incredible performances contributing to what have been declared the best ever games.
"I was delighted to welcome LEN president Paolo Barelli to Tollcross during the games to discuss bringing this event to our world-class venue and to showcase our capacity to deliver excellent, innovative and exciting sporting events."
Glasgow is also slated to stage the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.