14th African Cham­pi­onships for Rhyth­mic Gym­nas­tics, Tram­po­line kicks off Thurs­day

In 2016, Egypt’s un­der-16 team won 5 gold medals, Egyptian in­di­vid­u­als won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th places

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Af­ter nine years of ab­sence, Egypt is set to host the 14th African Cham­pi­onships for Rhyth­mic Gym­nas­tics and Tram­po­line Sport, which kicks off today and lasts for two days.

The cham­pi­onship is of im­por­tance as it qual­i­fies some of the win­ners to take part in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Ar­gentina.

Tak­ing place at Cairo In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, the cham­pi­onship brings to­gether 25 play­ers rep­re­sent­ing 14 African coun­tries.

Egypt com­petes with the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries to win three places in the Olympics: two in the tram­po­line field and one in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion wit­nesses the par­tic­i­pa­tion of two group teams in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics—one un­der 16 and an­other above 16—while six in­di­vid­ual Egyptian girls com­pete with 19 girls from other African coun­tries for the po­ten­tial to qual­ify for the Olympics, if they were born af­ter 2003. More­over,five Egyptian in­di­vid­ual fe­male and male play­ers com­pete to win the two va­cant African spots at the Olympics.

In the last com­pe­ti­tion, held in 2016 in Namibia, Egypt’s un­der-16 group team won five gold medals, while Egyptian in­di­vid­u­als won first, sec­ond, third, and fourth places.

Some of the win­ners will take part in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Ar­gentina

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