By Laman Ismayilova
The participants of European Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be announced by mid-September.
Originally scheduled to be held from 24 July-9 August 2020, European Gymnastics Championships has been postponed amid coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking about the holding of Championships, European Gymnastics President, Farid Gayibov provided insight into work done in this direction.
“August in itself is a month of vacation. Nevertheless, we were busy discussing several issues at the Presidential Board meetings of European Gymnastics. One of the main decisions we made was to hold a webinar on abuse in gymnastics for the European Gymnastics affiliated Federations in September. The experts we have invited will help our specialists, coaches, and Federations to deeply understand the essence of this problem. The exchange of views and conclusions will certainly facilitate ensuring a safe environment in training and competition,” said Gayibov.
Recently, European Gymnastics has published the provisional list of Federations eager to take part in the European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Kyiv (UKR), rescheduled for November 2020. Considering the difficulties caused by the pandemic, nearly 39 countries have registered to take part in comparison to 40 in the previous competition of the same format.
"Our office has always tried to be informative and assist all member Federations. Since the beginning of the pandemic, all we could do is share the information that we have at hand. In April, we sent a questionnaire to all members regarding the reinstalment of cancelled competitions. After collective feedback and negotiations with the Local Organising Committees (LOC), the Executive Committee (EC) agreed to postpone the events to the end of the year. We all know that Ukrainian LOC launched the preparation process long before and have certain expenditures. They have done a wonderful job in negotiating with the hotels to make the payments for accommodation in the beginning of October. We are grateful to the LOC, Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine for expressing their determination in hosting these Championships. Of course, the priority for us is health and safety of our athletes and all members of delegations. Therefore, we will continue to monitor the situation and will make a final decision in late September," he said.
EC meeting scheduled for September which will be held online. The FIG Executive Committee meeting will run in the same format as well.
"Already looking forward to the decisions we are going to make at major meetings in September. I would like to emphasize that our priority is safety, flexibility, open-mindedness and cooperation leading us to the success of gymnastics regardless of the difficulties that we may face," Gayibov added.
The European Championships in Men's Artistic Gymnastics are expected to take place in Baku on December 9-13.
The European Championships in Women's Artistic Gymnastics will run on December 9-13.
Baku was originally supposed to host only the men's championships. However, France couldn't re-schedule the women's event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.
The European Championship in Rhythmic Gymnastics is planned to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, on November 26-29.
The gymnastics championships are the licensed events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been postponed as well. Originally scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, the Games have been moved to next year. However, they will retain the Tokyo 2020 name.
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