Glasgow - a sporting city

Scotland’s largest city is building a burgeoning reputation as one of the foremost locations for sporting culture in the UK and beyond.

As we countdown to the 2017 Scottish Open Grand Prix, to be held from 22-26 November 2017 at the Emirates Arena, we look at five other reasons why Glasgow should be celebrated as a sporting hub.

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Badminton World Championships

Viktor Axelsen’s triumph in the men’s singles earlier this year was the first by a European since his compatriot Peter Rasmussen in 1997 - a tournament which, coincidentally, was also held in Glasgow.

Axelsen defeated legendary Chinese shuttler Lin Dan, a five-time world champion, to claim gold and create more Danish history in Scotland.

Bellshill’s own Kirsty Gilmour’s spirited run to the quarter-finals had the home crowd on their feet, before she was narrowly denied a place in the last four by Indian Saina Nehwal, who won a knife-edge contest in three games.

However, British fans had something to cheer as Chris and Gabby Adcock battled to an impressive bronze in the mixed doubles for England.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games was Glasgow’s first time hosting the competition, which had been held twice before on Scottish soil, in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986.

England finished top of the medal table for the first time since the 1986 championships, winning 58 golds and 174 in total, while Scotland’s showing of 19 golds and 53 total medals are both national records.

The Games also saw the first Commonwealth medal for Pacific Ocean nation Kiribati, weightlifter David Katoatau securing gold in the +105kg at the Clyde Auditorium.

Celtic and Rangers

The Old Firm derby is one of the most emotive and passionate clashes in world football.

The two giants of the Scottish game have enjoyed near total domination of the domestic scene in Scotland for more than a century, with more than 100 league titles between them since 1891, including the league’s seven-year hiatus during the Second World War.

Celtic became the first British team to lift the European Cup, with the ‘Lisbon Lions’ defeating Italian champions Internazionale in Portugal in 1967.

Rangers, meanwhile, have won more domestic league titles (54) and trebles than any other side on the planet.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Cyclists identify the Glaswegian crowds as some of the liveliest and most passionate fans around, and supporters witnessed a feast of talent at the opening leg of the 2016-17 UCI Tissot Track Cycling World Cup.

Roared on in the cauldron of noise that is the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Paisley’s Jack Carlin was part of the British team sprint outfit which took victory, alongside Ryan Owens and Joseph Truman.

The crowd also saw Mark Stewart, Kian Emadi, Andy Tennant and Oliver Wood claim team pursuit gold, while Emily Kay took omnium gold and Manon Lloyd and Katie Archibald taking top spot in the Madison in the women’s competition.
Kay, Lloyd, Eleanor Dickinson and Emily Nelson also claimed team pursuit gold.

While Hoy himself is an Edinburgh native, Scotland has produced its fair share of riding talents, with Olympic champions Callum Skinner and Katie Archibald both hailing from the country.

Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Glasgow will jointly host the inaugural European Championships in 2018, marking a major new shift in world sport.

The new competition will bring together a range of sports under one umbrella, with the 11-day event set to take place from August 2-12 and every four years thereafter.

Glasgow and Scotland will stage cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing, triathlon and aquatic events, while athletics will take place in Berlin.

There will no doubt be a whole host of Scottish homegrown stars to keep an eye out for.