World’s best gym­nasts to gather in cap­i­tal

Azer News - - Nation - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Azer­bai­jan will host a num­ber of ma­jor in­ter­na­tional gym­nas­tics cham­pi­onships.

The Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion has pre­sented a cal­en­dar of in­ter­na­tional gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tions to be held in Baku next year, the Fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment.

The World Cup in tram­po­line tum­bling will be held on Feb­ru­ary 1617. One month later, on March 14-17, the World Cup in artis­tic gym­nas­tics will take place for the fourth time in the coun­try.

April and May will be marked by per­for­mances of ath­letes in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics.

The World Cup in this gym­nas­tics dis­ci­pline will be held on April 26-28, fol­lowed by the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships sev­eral weeks later – on May 16-19.

This year, for the first time, the Fed­er­a­tion will host the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in two gym­nas­tics dis­ci­plines. Thus, fol­low­ing the Rhyth­mic gym­nasts, the strong­est Aer­o­bic gym­nasts of the whole con­ti­nent will gather in our cap­i­tal on May 24-26.

More­over, the Euro­pean Youth Olympic Fes­ti­val will be held in the cap­i­tal on July 20-28, 2019, for the first time.

In to­tal, over 3,600 ath­letes and team of­fi­cials from 50 Euro­pean coun­tries are ex­pected to visit Azer­bai­jan to join the Fes­ti­val’s com­pe­ti­tions. The com­pe­ti­tions con­sist­ing of 10 sports (Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics, Ath­let­ics, Bas­ket­ball, Cy­cling, Hand­ball, Judo, Swim­ming, Ten­nis, Vol­ley­ball, and Wrestling) will in­volve over 2,500 vol­un­teers.

Note, the coun­try host­ing EYOF gets the right to par­tic­i­pate in all the com­pe­ti­tions with­out pass­ing the pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion round.

The events in Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics will be held within the fes­ti­val will also take place at the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena.

And the year’s fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion will be the World Cham­pi­onships in Rhyth­mic Gym­nas­tics. Af­ter 14 years, Baku will wit­ness the con­test of the strong­est gym­nasts by host­ing the World Cham­pi­onships again.

One of the main pe­cu­liar­i­ties of all th­ese three World Cups, as well as the World Cham­pi­onships is that they will qual­ify for the Olympic Games 2020.

The gym­nas­tics fans will be able to pur­chase a sea­son ticket on fa­vor­able terms and watch all in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions at the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena.

To­day, gym­nas­tics has be­come a fa­vorite and pop­u­lar sport in Azer­bai­jan. Na­tional gym­nasts mount the podium at sig­nif­i­cant com­pe­ti­tions.

Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion (AGF), which was founded in 1956, has ex­pe­ri­enced re­vival since 2002 and the re­newed fed­er­a­tion lifted this pop­u­lar sport to a new level. Cur­rently, AGF com­prises seven gym­nas­tics dis­ci­plines rec­og­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Gym­nas­tics (FIG).

The Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena spe­cial­ized in all six com­pet­i­tive gym­nas­tics dis­ci­plines and hosted all large-scale com­pe­ti­tions held in Baku from the day of its open­ing in 2014, is in the spot­light of not only the gym­nasts, will­ingly join­ing the train­ing camp, but, all the sports fans from dif­fer­ent coun­tries of the world with its unique­ness.a

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