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

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,

Munich to host 2022 multi-sport European Championships

Munich to host 2022 European Championships

Munich has been awarded the 2022 edition of the multi-sport European Championships. This sees the event returns to Germany after Berlin hosted the athletics portion of the inaugural event in 2018, though most other sports were held in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Athletics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon are all

Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue inspired by Japanese architecture

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gymnastics Venue

A custom-built $188 million gymnastics venue inspired by traditional Japanese building techniques and using wood from around the country was unveiled by organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The futuristic-looking Ariake Gymnastics Centre in central Tokyo uses 2,300 cubic metres of wood and is intended to hark back to methods that

Simone Biles set to be face of 2020 Olympics after record world medal haul

Simone Biles collecting a gold medal at the Artistic World Championships in Stuttgart

After  becoming the most decorated gymnast in history, Simone Biles can do whatever she wants. So what is next for the US gymnast? We already know that the next stop for her is Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. But, with sprinter Usain Bolt and swimmer Michael Phelps both retired, Biles is

Simone Biles sets all-time medal record at Stuttgart world championships

Simone Biles with her 25th world championship medal

There is surely nothing left that could be surprising about US gymnast Simone Biles. She has dominates the world of women's artistic gymnastics; is an open book when she has something to say, and she collects medals like many others her age collect shoes. The one thing that Biles doesn't do, however,