FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup
37th “Turnier der Meister”
Cottbus (GER), March 21 – 24, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, March 20, 2013: Organisers of the Turnier der Meister look forward to the 37th edition of this traditional tournament in Cottbus (GER), whose launch dates back to the year 1973. Held for the third time under the FIG World Challenge Cup label, the event that lines up a whopping 170 gymnasts from 41 different nations representing all continents at the Lausitz Arena will again take place over four days this year, from March 21 – 24.
An impressive list of participants for this tournament includes numerous Olympic, World and Continental medallists and spectators can expect fierce competitions on every apparatus.
London 2012 Olympic All-around Silver medallist Marcel Nguyen, who leads the German line-up, can count on the support of Cottbus’ local crowd. Former World Champion on Floor Eleftherios Kosmidis of Greece and his compatriot Vasileios Tsolakidis, 2011 World runner-up on Parallel Bars, are scheduled to compete on their specialty apparatus while Alexander Shatilov (ISR) is fierce competition on Floor. Still Rings will see Olympic Bronze medallist Matteo Morandi of Italy and the Netherland’s veteran Lambertus van Gelder giving it all. London 2012 finalist Alberto Busnari (ITA) will compete on Pommel Horse and Japan’s Koji Uematsu and Shogo Nonomura are registered for all six apparatus in the Men’s tournament.
Catching our eye on the Women’s list of participants are Anna Dementyeva and Anastasia Grishina, members of Russia’s Silver medal winning teams at the Tokyo 2011 World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games respectively. Romania’s Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar, who helped the country to a team Bronze medal at London 2012, have unfortunately withdrawn from the event, but veteran Oksana Chusovitina returns to Cottbus to compete once again under the flag of Uzbekistan.
Turnier der Meister
The Turnier der Meister was first held in 1973 in Schwerin, followed by Berlin in 1978. Since 1979, the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) has been hosting the tournament annually in Cottbus together with the gymnastics club SC Cottbus Turnen e.V.
Under the direction of Mirko Wohlfahrt, who took over organisation of the competition from Sylvio Kroll (1988 Olympic Silver medallist on Vault, 1987 World Champion on Vault and 1985 World Champion on Parallel Bars) in 2008, and supplied with apparatus by long-time FIG partner Spieth Gymnastic, the Turnier der Meister will welcome up to 2,000 fans at the Lausitz Arena eager to see the world’s Artistic Gymnastics elite at this FIG World Challenge Cup.
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About 2013 FIG Individual Apparatus Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and World Challenge Cup Series
The 2013 World Cup and World Challenge Cup season for individual-apparatus tournaments features a total of six events. The series starts with the only Individual Apparatus Finals World Cup of the year in La Roche sur Yon (FRA) on March 16-17, and continues with five World Challenge Cups scheduled as follows: Cottbus (GER) on March 21-24, Doha (QAT) on March 27-29, Ljubljana (SLO) on April 26-28, Anadia (POR) on June 21-23, and Osijek (CRO) on September 12-16.
With separate World Ranking lists being established for this series (six for men and four for women), and the Individual Apparatus rankings including combined lists for the World Cup and World Challenge Cups, the overall winners will be crowned in Osijek.
World Cups with Individual Apparatus qualification rounds and finals are open to the apparatus finalists of the 2012 Olympic Games and the best four gymnasts per apparatus from the 2012 World Cup Ranking list for Individual Apparatus. In addition, the organising member federation can grant wild cards to a maximum of one man and one woman.
The World Challenge Cup series is an open category, with participation limited to two gymnasts per country and apparatus, and invitations addressed at least to the apparatus finalists of the 2012 Olympic Games and the best eight gymnasts per apparatus from the 2012 World Cup Ranking list for Individual Apparatus.
The winners of the 2013 Individual Apparatus World Cup & World Challenge Cup Series will be the gymnasts with the highest number of points for each apparatus and the best four results counting after the last event in Osijek.
Consult the 2013 Rules for the FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup and World Challenge Cup Series in Artistic Gymnastics for more details.