Three World Gymnastics Championships attributed at FIG Executive Committee meeting08/12/2015
The 2017 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships and 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will be held in Sofia (BUL). The International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) Executive Committee attributed these two major competitions in the 2017-2020 Olympic cycle to the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation at its trimestral meeting this week in Lausanne.
|Mariya Mateva (BUL)|
The 2017 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships will be held in Sofia November 5-8, 2017. The city will welcome the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships September 10-16, 2018.
Bulgaria’s capital city already has solid experience in organising important Gymnastics competitions. Most recently, it welcomed the 2013 Trampoline Worlds at the Arena Armeec, the same venue that will host gymnasts in 2017 and 2018. Sofia will be a familiar destination for many Rhythmic competitors, having been a stop on the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup circuit since 2011.
“Bulgaria has a long and historic Gymnastics tradition, especially in Rhythmic Gymnastics, and it is a pleasure to see that the federation continues to take the initiative in organising World Championship competitions,” said Bruno Grandi, President of the FIG. “With these two World Championships, Sofia really puts itself on the Gymnastics map for the next Olympic cycle.”
Rhythmic Gymnastics is thriving in Bulgaria, which qualified to send an individual gymnast and a Rhythmic Group to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The Group, which won its 10th World All-around title in 2014, took home All-around silver and bronze with the Clubs and Hoops at the 2015 World Championships in September.
Acrobatic Worlds awarded to Antwerp
At the same meeting, the Executive Committee also accorded the 2018 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships to the Belgian Gymnastics Federation and the city of Antwerp. The championships will take place April 5-8, 2018.
“Antwerp plays a very important role in the history of Gymnastics: the very first World Championships were held there in 1903,” Grandi said. “Also, after the success of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 2013, we are delighted to come back to Antwerp with another discipline.”
Unlike World Championships in the Olympic disciplines -- Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline -- which are organised every year except the year of the Olympic Games, World Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics are held only in even-numbered years.
Belgium has been especially successful in Acro. Belgians have won gold at the past two Acrobatic Worlds: Eline de Smet and Nikki Snel became World champions in Women’s Pair in 2014, while Laure de Pryck and Nicolas Vleeshouwers, a product of the country’s topturnsport school for Acrobatics, won gold in 2012.