Varna World Cup: Combined disciplines, successful competition13/05/2015
In a first for the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), this past weekend's World Cup competitions in Acrobatic and Artistic Gymnastics in Varna (BUL) were held concurrently in the same arena, with Saturday and Sunday's finals showcasing first one discipline, then the other.
FIG President Bruno Grandi (ITA), second from right, and FIG Secretary General André Gueisbuhler, far left, with Bulgarian Gymnastics officals, including Bulgarian Federation President Jordan Jovtchev, a six-time Olympian, in Varna.
The idea of combining the disciplines on the World Cup level has not been tried until now and the Varna World Cup represents a first for both disciplines. June's European Games in Baku (AZE) will also feature a combined format, mixing Acro and Rhythmic, as well as Trampoline and Aerobic.
"As we consider how we would like our competition formats to evolve, we feel that trying this is an important step," said FIG Secretary General André Gueisbuhler, who was in attendance at the Varna Palace of Culture and Sport for the weekend competition, along with FIG President Bruno Grandi. "The audience will be able to benefit from seeing more than just one form of Gymnastics, which will energize the atmosphere for both the spectators and the athletes."
Acrobatic Gymnastics has gained recognition and admiration in recent years thanks to the success of elite Acro Troupes like Spelbound (GBR), AcroArmy (USA) and The Art Gym Company (POR), which have won or placed highly on their country's respective "Got Talent" TV shows. In addition, Brazil's best Acro gymnasts performed as part of the opening ceremonies at the 2014 World Cup and their body-bending skills generated plenty of buzz.
But while its videos enjoy a healthy online popularity, Acro misses out from not being part of the Olympic Games. Funding for non-Olympic disciplines is scarce in many countries and contributes to a talent drain as athletes leave the sport to sign with professional performance companies like Cirque du Soleil.
Combining the Acro and Artistic World Cups is likely to elevate Acro’s exposure to potential fans and attract gymnasts to the discipline, Gueisbuhler added.
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