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

Great Britain gymnast Sam Oldham on retirement plans and his mental health battles

Sam Oldham of Great Britain

Eight years ago, British gymnast Sam Oldham appeared to be on top of the world. He, along with Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis, had won Great Britain's first ever gymnastics Olympic team medal when they took bronze at London 2012. But everything was not as well as it seemed,

Zhu Xueying and Gao Lei shine at Trampoline World Cup in Baku

Zhu Xueying of China

Zhu Xueying and Gao Lei won the men’s and women’s titles for of China at the trampoline World Cup competition in Azerbaijan. Four-time individual world champion Gao gave fine performance at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku to win the men’s competition with a score of 61.585. To complete what could have

Hancharou leads men’s qualification at trampoline World Cup in Baku

Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus

Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou led the men’s qualification at the trampoline World Cup competition in Baku. The Belarusian achieved a combined score of 114.655 points to secure his place in the final as the best of the eight qualifiers at the National Gymnastics Arena. China’s multiple world champion Gao Lei placed second