BIDDING & HOSTING NEWS

17.12.2012

The English county of Yorkshire will host two stages of the 2013 Tour de France. The Grand Départ of the 101st edition of the Tour will take place on July 5 in Leeds. It will be the fourth time the Tour has visited Britain after previous visits in 1974 and 1994. Gary Verity, chief executive of the agency Welcome to Yorkshire, which pushed forward the county's bid, said: "We are honoured that the race organisers have selected Yorkshire to be the host location of the 2014 Grand Depart. It will mean that, less than two years after hosting the Olympics, the British public can look forward to another of the world's biggest sporting events coming to the country." The third stage of the 101st Tour will finish in London.

The first edition of the European Games will take place in Baku in June 2015. The capital of Azerbaijan was the sole candidate for hosting the new regional competitions under the auspices of the European Olympic Committees. Dates have not been fixed yet. As many as 7,000 athletes are expected to participate with 15 of the 28 summer Olympic sports on the programme, plus two non-Olympic sports to be named.

The International Paralympic Committee has chosen Glasgow to host the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. The event will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, in Glasgow's south-east. GLASGOW is also in the running to host the semi-finals and final of the 2020 UEFA European Championship.

After 15 years, the Ford World Women's Curling Championship is returning to Saint John in Canada from March 15-23, 2014. "The people of the city of Saint John and the Province of New Brunswick put on a first class show for all of the world in 1999", declared Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation. "The World Curling Federation, Canadian Curling Association and our partner Ford of Canada expect to see a great crowd for this event given the momentum and interest that will be created around the Olympic Winter Games in Russia being held just a month before the World Women's Championship." Since 2005, the men's and women's championships have been held in different venues, with Canada hosting one of the two tournaments every year.

Farther west, the Canadian City of Windsor will host the 2016 World Short Course Swimming Championships. It will be the second time the biennal event visits North America since it was launched in 1993 (after Indianapolis in 2004). It will be staged at the WFCU Centre, a multi-purpose entertainment complex, which is home to the local city's pro basketball and ice hockey teams. Windsor will install a 25-metre pool for the event. "We are aware of the FINA strength in the world of sports and this fantastic outcome will help transform our city and strengthen our passion for sport," said Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis.