Kitakyushu, Japan to host 2021 gymnastics world championships

Kitakyushu General Gymnasium

The 2021 artistic and rhythmic gymnastics world championships will be hosted in Kitakyushu, Japan, the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) announced. It will be the first time in FIG history that a city has hosted both the artistic and rhythmic gymnastics world championships in the same year. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

Team Solidarity win four-way international gymnastics event

Nikita Nagornyy and Kohei Uchimura

Team Solidarity was named the winners of Friendship and Solidarity competition at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. The mixed-team event featured gymnasts from Japan, Russia, China and the United States. Team Solidarity triumphed after scoring 423,600 points, with Team Friendship finishing on 421,300. The winning team included the two-time Olympic all-around champion

Dong Dong and Lin Qianqi win as China holds third trampoline event of 2020

Chinese trampolinist Dong Dong

Dong Dong and Lin Qianqi were the winners as the Chinese trampoline championships came to a close. The two-day competition, which was the third and final event of the year, also saw titles awarded in the teams and synchronisation events. In the men’s final, 31-year-old Dong wowed the audience with a clean,

Tokyo to host international gymnastics event in November

Kohei Uchimura

Tokyo will host an international gymnastics competition in November, the Japan Gymnastics Association (JGA) has announced. The one-day event, which could serve as a trial run for the postponed Olympic Games, has been sanctioned by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). “This is a competition of hope. Friendship and solidarity will lead us

Dong Dong and Gao Lei bounce back at Chinese national trampoline championships

Chinese trampolinist Gao Lei

China’s trampoline stars returned to action as the country held its first official competition of 2020. Olympic champion Dong Dong, world champion Gao Lei, Zhu Xueying, Li Dan and Liu Lingling were just a few of the international stars performing at the 2020 National Trampoline Championships. They were joined at the Tianjin

Japan’s Tetsuya Sotomura retires from trampoline gymnastics

Tetsuya Sotomura

For any gymnast, the chance to compete at an Olympics is a dream comes true. When the Games are in your home city, the dream becomes an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And this was the quest of Japanese trampolinist Tetsuya Sotomura. In January 2020, Sotomura was pushing for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics. And, at

Training During COVID-19: Interview with GB’s Kim Beattie

Like jumping on a trampoline, the world is upside-down these days. The novel coronavirus sweeping across the globe has driven us to make important sacrifices to keep ourselves, family and neighbors safe from the illness. Our familiar lifestyles and activities are on an indefinite holding pattern, if not changed forever. Of

FIG sets up fund for gymnastics community affected by coronavirus pandemic

FIG President Morinari Watanabe

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is creating a fund to assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will give about $400,000 to athletes and national gymnastics federations who have been severely hit by the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis in hopes of easing what FIG

Israel to host World Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics for first time

The Holon Toto Arena in Holon, Israel

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

‘Flying Dutchman’ Zonderland ready to take off for Tokyo

It’s hard to believe that it was eight years ago that Epke Zonderland stunned the world into silence with his spectacular performance on the high bar at the London 2012 Olympics. That thrilling, high-risk routine, which contained three consecutive release and catch moves, not only earned him the nickname “the Flying