10 February 2017
"New stars may get revealed during the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku," Erik Juhl Mogensen, a member of the Executive Committee of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), told Trend.
He said these are the first major competitions in trampoline gymnastics and tumbling after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, adding that some leaders in this gymnastics discipline completed their careers after the Olympics.
Mogensen was in Azerbaijan during Baku 2015 European Games and during the 2016 FIG World Cup series.
"Azerbaijan has a team of high-class professionals on the organization of the competitions. This year, the program of the FIG World Cup series also includes tumbling, making the Cup even more interesting," Mogensen said.
He expressed hope that the event will be perfectly organized, just like in 2016.
Mogensen went on to add that inclusion of tumbling in the program of the FIG World Cup series this year shows the development of this gymnastics discipline in Azerbaijan.
The first FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics in the new Olympic Cycle will take place at Milli Gimnastika Arenası (MGA, National Gymnastics Arena) on February 18 & 19.
Eighty-five trampoline and tumbling gymnasts from 15 countries will test their strength on the basis of the new Code of Points coming into force in 2017.
The qualifications to take place on the first day of the competitions will be followed by finals the next day.
At these events, Azerbaijan will be represented by Ilya Grishunin, Oleg Piunov, Ruslan Aghamirov, Sviatlana Makshtarova and Veronika Zemlianaia in the trampoline individual and synchro pairs programs, as well as by Mikhail Malkin on the tumbling track.
News Agency "Trend", 11 February 2017.