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Published February 16th 2018
See the sporting stars in action
Birmingham will stage three major sporting events in one venue during March 2018. Arena Birmingham, in the city centre, will be at the heart of the action when it hosts the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships (March 1 – 4), the All England Badminton Open Championships (March 14 – 18) and the Gymnastics World Cup (March 21 – 22).
Competing: Robbie Grabarz and Claudia Fragapane
Britain's number one high jumper, Robbie Grabarz, checked out the venue ahead of the championships. He said: "I love competing at Arena Birmingham. The atmosphere is always fantastic as the spectators are so close to the action. I know the high jumpers will do their very best to put on a great show to kick start the championships and with some fantastic performances already this season it's definitely going to be an exciting competition."
The IAAF World Indoor Championships is returning to Arena Birmingham, following a triumphant staging of the event 15 years ago. With around 600 athletes from 150 countries taking part, the event will be the largest indoor sports event that has been staged in Birmingham for many years, and it is the biggest global athletics event to be held in 2018.
The opening session on March 1 will see the men's and women's high jump being held simultaneously for the first time, and with the world's best expected to compete, it will provide a spectacular opening to the championships.
Event launch: Claudia Fragapane, Coun Ian Ward, Robbie Grabarz, Phil Mead
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who will compete in the Gymnastics World Cup, joined Robbie to see what Birmingham has to offer. She said: "The Gymnastics World Cup will bring the best gymnastics nations and gymnasts to Birmingham. I'm really excited to be part of a strong British team and I can't wait to perform in front of the local crowd. This is an amazing time to be a sports fan in Birmingham with so many great events coming up and the Commonwealth Games happening here in four years' time."
Birmingham is proud to known as a city of sport, and with the Commonwealth Games having been awarded to the city for 2022, this reputation is set to be further enhanced in the coming years.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Birmingham loves sport and it's something which this city is extremely passionate about. Hosting major sports events puts Birmingham in the spotlight, brings thousands of visitors to the city and helps to inspire young people from across the city and beyond.
"March is going to be a special month for Birmingham with three major events in three Commonwealth sports and it will give local people a taste of what's to come in four years' time."
Phil Mead, Managing Director for Arena Birmingham, added: "These prestigious events will not only bring the world's best athletes, but will also attract audiences from across the globe. All of them provide a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what the Arena and Birmingham has to offer to sport and the live events industry."