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Glasgow in 2017 venue bid

The National Ice Skating Association has announced Glasgow will bid to stage the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships.

Scotland's biggest city would stage the event at its SSE Hydro venue, with the bid supported by authorities including UK Sport, EventScotland and Glasgow City Council.

The national association (NISA) announced Glasgow's nomination in a statement declaring it was founded on "a wealth of major event experience and a passion for ice skating".

A decision on the host city for the championships is due to come from the International Skating Union following its congress in Dublin, which runs from June 9 to 13.

NISA chief executive Nick Sellwood said: "The ISU World Figure Skating Championships were last held in the UK in 1995 in Birmingham, so it would be fantastic to bring this prestigious championship to Glasgow.

"It is one of the largest annual ice skating events in the world attracting more than 170 skaters from almost 40 countries in a superb showcase of figure skating.

"Our bid comes on the back of the hugely successful ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2012 which we hosted in Sheffield. We hope to build on this with the staging of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017."

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl added: "UK Sport is delighted to be working in partnership with NISA, Glasgow and EventScotland to bid for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017.

"We have been working hard over the last 18 months to be in a position to present a proposal to the ISU that is not only exciting and innovative, but which also has the development of ice skating within the UK at its core."