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37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships kick off in Baku (PHOTO)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 16

By Jani Babayeva - Trend:

The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships have kicked off in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.

The first day of the competitions will see qualifications in an individual program, and gymnasts will perform in the exercises with a hoop and a ball.

The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will last until Sept. 22.

After 14 years, Azerbaijan is hosting one of the most significant events, the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, again.

Both individual gymnasts and teams in group exercises will do their best to be among the strongest ones in the Apparatus Finals and All-around within seven days, while the gymnasts will also be awarded for team competition.

The Championships are the qualification competition for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020. So, the first 16 individual gymnasts (max. two gymnasts per country) in the all-around ranking will qualify for the Games.

As for the gymnasts within group exercises, Bulgaria, Russia and Italy have already qualified according to the results of the last World Championships. At this year’s Championships, the best five teams will qualify for the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games according to the all-around scores.

More than 300 gymnasts from 61 countries will compete for nine sets of medals. “Fairy Tales will come to life" is the motto of the championships.

Nine gymnasts will represent Azerbaijan at the World Championship, which will be held at the National Gymnastics Arena. Zohra Agamirova, Veronika Hudis, Yelyzaveta Luzan and Maryam Safarova will perform in individual competitions. Ayshan Bayramova, Diana Ahmadbayli, Aliya Pashayeva, Zeynab Hummatova and Darya Sorokina will participate in group exercises as part of the Azerbaijani team.

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