29 February 2016
Following the successful organization of the FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics, Baku is expecting to host new gymnastics festival. In the upcoming weekend, majestic Milli Gimnastika Arenası (National Gymnastics Arena) will warmly open its doors to trampoline gymnasts from 18 countries. Geography of participating “flying” gymnasts, covering both hemispheres - from the USA to Australia, will compete for medals of the event both in individual and synchronized programs.
By the way, the athletes of the island continent will first step on Absheron Peninsula. With a purpose of acclimatization and systematic preparation for the World Cup, arrival of athletes from the green continent is scheduled for March 1. We cannot say the same about the teams of Turkish speaking Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan as gymnasts of these countries have long been under the impression of the conditions for the training camp at Baku arena.
Trio of the Slavic teams - Russia (14 persons), Belarus and Ukraine (12 persons each), as well as the USA (11) are the delegations having comparatively large composition.
World Cup in Baku is an important event in the international gymnastics calendar. Therefore, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) will delegate its technical representative to Azerbaijan. Technical Delegate is repeated European and World Champion Dmitry Poliarush from Belarus. By the way, he is the first athlete performed a double somersault backward with 4 twists. President of the FIG Technical Committee in Trampoline Gymnastics Horst Kunze (German) will also assess the course of the competitions.
His former colleague within the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), and, present member of the UEG Executive Committee Erik Mogensen (Denmark) believes in successful organization of the World Cup. “The results of the similar World “Challenge” Cup series in Artistic Gymnastics, where we witnessed the successful events, gives me ground to be confident of it. Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) is young, energetic and creative and I think everything will be OK," he said.
According to AGF Secretary General Farid Gayibov, everything – the arena, athletes, all services – are ready for holding the competitions. "Again, I call the fans to fill the stands and support trampoline gymnasts. I am sure that they will show worthy results and the country’s another gymnastics festival will be remembered by all sports fans for a long time," he said.