Doha - 100 days to go!
DOHA: In just 100 days, the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships kick off in Doha (QAT). The first Gymnastics World Championships to take place in the Middle East, the 2018 Worlds are also the first qualification event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
FIG President Morinari Watanabe said: “We look forward to the 2018 Worlds in Doha, where our Artistic gymnasts will set out on the road to Tokyo 2020. One hundred days from today, they will step into the world spotlight and make history, as Qatar joins the list of countries to have hosted this prestigious event. We are convinced that the unique Aspire Dome will be a fitting stage for our stars and we look forward to the wonderful hospitality of our hosts and experiencing the mixture of tradition and modernity for which the region is known."
“Arrangements for this event have been going on for over a year and we are doing everything possible to ensure that these World Championships will be a perfect success,” Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi, CEO of the Local Organising Committee and President of the Qatar Gymnastics Federation, said. “As we reach100 days before the start of the championships, I am proud to say that our preparations are well on track. We are now counting down the days until we welcome our guests from all over the world at the beautiful Aspire Dome in October.”
Here is a quick look at the 2018 Worlds.
Held two years after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 World Championships mark the halfway point in the Olympic quadrennium. Up for grabs will be 42 medals — six full sets for women and eight for men. For the first time in 44 years, the world championships two years before the Olympic Games will hand out Olympic berths; the gold, silver, and bronze-medal-winning teams in Doha will earn tickets to Tokyo for four gymnasts each. Other teams and individuals will qualify to the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart (click here for more on the 2020 Olympic qualification for Gymnastics.) http://www.gymnastics.sport/site/news/displaynews.php?idNews=2067).
Each federation is eligible to participate either with a team of four to five gymnasts or with a maximum of three individual gymnasts. The team qualification follows the 5-4-3 format (teams of up to five gymnasts may compete three or four gymnasts on each event, with the three best scores counting on each event) and the team final will be 5-3-3, with all three scores counting toward the team total.
At provisional registration, 84 national federations registered 664 spots representing 312 women and 352 men. The nominiative registration will be open between 26 July and 27 September for federations to enter the names of specific gymnasts.
The next few months will see gymnasts battle it out for berths to the World Championships by proving themselves at major national and international competitions scheduled throughout the summer. Two-time Olympic All-around champion Kohei Uchimura (JPN) has already punched his ticket to Worlds by winning his 10th consecutive NHK Cup title in May, as has NHK runner-up Kenzo Shirai, the reigning World Champion on Floor Exercise and Vault. After taking a year off, 2016 Olympic champion Simone Biles (USA) has been back in the gym all year and hopes to win an unprecedented fourth World All-around title in Doha.
The competition is open to all senior gymnasts (born 2002 or earlier for women, 2000 or earlier for men) with valid FIG licenses.
Gymnastics legends Svetlana Boguinskaia (BLR), the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Ambassador, and Mitsuo Tsukahara (JPN), the Men's Artistic Gymnastics Ambassador, will be on-hand to promote the competition in Doha, where they will present the gold medals during the All-around medal ceremonies.
The competition takes place 25 October to 3 November and begins with two full days each of men’s and women’s qualification. The team finals are scheduled for 29-30 October, followed by the All-around finals (31 October and 1 November) and two days of apparatus finals.
A beautiful and modern city on Doha Bay, the Qatari capital boasts a population of nearly 800,000. The jewel in its sporting crown is the Aspire Academy Dome, the world's largest indoor multi-purpose dome. The Aspire Dome is a unique facility that not only has the capacity to host 13 different sporting events simultaneously, it is an elite sports institute that trains young athletes and coaches through a comprehensive sports science education programme. The academy’s curriculum spans sports-specific training as well as physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy, nutrition and sports psychology.
The Aspire Dome is well-known to Gymnastics fans, having been the site of an annual FIG World Cup event since 2008 as well as the Artistic Gymnastics venue for the 2006 Asian Games.
The drawing of lots for the order of competition at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will take place on 12 August at 10:00 Swiss Time at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).