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Glasgow at heart of countdown to Tokyo 2020 as two major events confirmed for the city

British Athletics has today confirmed Glasgow as the host city for the 2020 British Indoor Season, with two major events being staged at the Emirates Arena in February.

The events will mark the start of the 2020 competition countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. World-class athletes will compete at Emirates Arena for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on 15 February 2020, before the city hosts the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships for the first time ever between 22-23 February 2020, as athletes bid to qualify for March’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Sprinters at the finishing line of the 60m final at last year's Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow

At the official announcment, Scottish 800m runner Guy Learmonth said a "massive" fortnight for athletics in Scotland will be the perfect springboard for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. "My first championships was the Glasgow Commonwealth Games," said Learmonth. "I thought they would be almost once in a lifetime, these big sporting events in Glasgow. But we've had the European Indoors last time, now we've got the Indoor Grand Prix and then the week after - for the first time ever - the British Championships are here.

"It's incredible. It's amazing that so many big sporting events are coming to Scotland and coming to Glasgow. It's amazing to be a part of that."

Earlier this year, Harper Macleod was appointed as Official Legal Advisers of British Athletics, building on previous appointments Legal Advisers to both the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod LLP, Official Legal Advisers to British Athletics, said: "We are absolutely delighted that the SPAR British Indoor Championships will be in Glasgow for the first time and we know from experience that the city will create a great environment and brilliant atmosphere for all the athletes and supporters. Coming hot on the heels of the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow, February is further confirmation that Scotland is a world-class sporting venue and having these events on our doorstep is a great way to begin our own partnership with British Athletics."

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the number one ranked indoor meet in the world as the planet’s best athletes arrive in the city for an incredible afternoon of world-class sport.

Major Events Director for British Athletics, Cherry Alexander OBE, says Glasgow is the perfect venue for the 2020 Indoor Season: “The Müller Indoor Grand Prix will be best indoor event ever staged in Scotland, with athletics fans in for a treat as world stars come to town. Olympic and Paralympic year is always very special and I am sure that the atmosphere will be amazing at the Emirates Arena.

“Staging the British Athletics Indoor Season in Glasgow truly reflects the UK-wide interest in our sport and I am proud that we are taking the SPAR British Indoor Championships to Scotland for the first time – it is long overdue. This announcement demonstrates the strength of collaboration between British Athletics and our home nations athletics partners.”

Ahead of the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow and SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships heading to Glasgow on 15 February and 22-23 February respectively, fans can register for news updates and ticketing information by signing up to the British Athletics mailing list here.