Glasgow is to host the 2015 European Judo Championships, the British Judo Association announced today.

It is the first time in 20 years the European Judo Union's premier event will be hosted in the United Kingdom, and is set to be staged at the Emirates Arena.

Glasgow is also set to host the European Open in 2013 and 2014, with judo a featured event at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Sport Minister Shona Robison said: "Securing the 2015 European Judo Championships is a fantastic achievement.

"Judo is going from strength to strength, with JudoScotland continuing to grow its membership and the National Training Centre at Ratho supporting more athletes and development programmes.

"Scotland is the perfect stage for events - judokas and spectators coming to Glasgow will receive a great welcome and an experience that will surprise and delight.

"The European Judo Championships now join other major championships, such as world gymnastics and orienteering events, coming to Scotland after next year's Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup."

British Judo chairman Kerrith Brown hopes the Glasgow events will help further boost the sport's profile, with Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant having won Olympic medals at London 2012.

"It is an honour to have been selected by the EJU to host their flagship event and I am extremely proud of what our bid team and partners have achieved," he said.

"We are confident that this event will be something special and provide a showcase for European judo to the world, creating a legacy for Great Britain sitting on a par in judo terms with London 2012 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games."