Copenhagen has been awarded the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
The Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) voted unanimously for the Denmark’s capital to host the 50th edition of the competition.
The event, which is to be held at the new Royal Arena between October 18 and 24, will be the first Championships of the Olympic cycle in the run up to 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
This will also be the first time that the event has been held in Copenhagen, but it is not a first for Denmark – it was staged in Aarhus in 2006.
“As Hans Christian Andersen has inspired the imagination of thousands of children around the world with his famous tales that give food for thought, I hope that these World Championships will inspire the young generation by showing the values of sport,” said FIG President Morinari Watanabe.
The Artistic World Championships are held every year, except for Olympic years.
Doha, the capital of Qatar, will stage the Championships in 2018, with the German city of Stuttgart hosting the event in 2019.
“It’s a great achievement to be awarded the 50th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships,” said Anders Jacobsen, President of the Danish Gymnastics Federation.
“Not just for the Federation, but for Danish Gymnastics as a whole.
“An event of this format fits very well into the course and development we have for gymnastics in Denmark.
“I’m sure many of our nearly 200,000 members – and the rest of Denmark – will have a gymnastics experience for life when we host the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 2021 together with Sport Event Denmark and the city of Copenhagen.”