Israel is to host a World Championships in any gymnastics discipline for the first time after being chosen to stage the 2024 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships.
The city of Holon has been awarded the event following an email vote by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Council.
The FIG Council decided to use email voting as a solution to being unable to meet in person at present because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The competition will take place in May 2024 at the Holon Toto Arena, a sport and entertainment venue that opened in 2015. The event will be preceded by the FIG’s world age-grade competitions.
“In these troubled times, we are glad to have good news to share,” FIG President Morinari Watanabe said.
“Acrobatic is a captivating discipline, and we can only be delighted when a federation is ready to welcome an event of this level for the first time.”
The city of Holon has hosted the 2019 Acrobatic Gymnastics European Championships and 2016 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships.
But the World Championships will be a first for the Israel Gymnastics Federation, as the country has never staged a World Championships in any gymnastics discipline.
As a result, the Israel Gymnastics Federation said it “will make sure this event will be an unforgettable experience”.
The Israel Gymnastics Federation added: “We have successfully hosted Rhythmic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Gymnastics European Championships in the past years, and so we are more than ready to host the next big competition.
“We will do our absolute utmost to justify the trust that was given to us by the FIG and the gymnastics family.
“Acrobatic Gymnastics is a thriving and ever-growing discipline in Israel, and we are looking forward to bring the highest level of competition to our country.”
The biennial Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships were due to take place in Geneva in Switzerland this May but have been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2022 event will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
At the 2018 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships, held in Antwerp in Belgium, Israel won one gold medal, one silver and one bronze.