By Lauren Mattera at the World Sports Congress in London

Glasgow 2015 World Gymnastics ChampionshipsFebruary 26 - Jane Allen, British Gymnastics chief executive, admitted they had to prove it was "our time" when winning the bid to host the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships - one of the most prestigious events on the sport's calendar.

In 2011, Glasgow, a city who's sporting renaissance now recognises them as one of the world's leading sporting cities, were prized with the rights to host the World Gymnastics Championships – an event acting as the Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying event where an estimated 500 competitors from 80 countries are due take part in a 10-day competition.

The key to the Glasgow bid team's success in San Joe, where they fought off fellow bidding cities Orlando and Paris, would seem heavily reliant on their major-events strategy over the past three years.

"We worked hard at delivering home events from 2009-2012 to create the right environments to ensure athletes were used to performing under the pressures that home events bring," Allen told the World Sports Congress here today.

"We also worked hard at making a presence; so that people all around the world understands we [British Gymnastics] are serious.

"We had to prove to the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) that their Olympic qualifying event would be in good hands."

In the four-year build-up to London 2012 British Gymnastics helped organise two World Championships, one European Championship and four World Cups in this country.

"Our major event strategy and our commitment to gymnastics showed not that we can do this, but we have already done this," said Allen.

"Everyone knew we were ready to deliver."

The Hydro GlasgowJane Allen, of British Gymnastics described Glasgow's Hydro venue as an "outstanding venue" for gymnastics

The World Gymnastics Championships, which will be staged in Scotland for the first time, arrives just 15 months after the city hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 10-day event kicks off on  taking place inside the £120 million 12,000-seater Hydro venue which is due to open in September this year and what Allen described as a "sensational venue" for gymnastics.

Glasgow has had a longstanding relationship with gymnastics, staging its first ever Grand Prix event at the famous Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena in 1997.

"We had a huge commitment from Glasgow, financial support from UK Sport along with British Gymnastics expertise in delivering global events," she said.

"Our commitment from Glasgow was outstanding and we had to deliver back to them."

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