Uchimura, Xiao top names for FIG Artistic Individual World Cup
Doha: The 11th FIG Artistic Individual World Cup, which starts here at the Aspire Dome from March 21-24, will be a test event for the 48th FIG Artistic World Championships.
“This year’s edition is important because the World Championships will be held here in October. The competition will be a test event for the Worlds,” said Anis Saoud, Deputy Competition Manager at a Press conference here.
Some of the world’s best gymnasts will be contesting at the Doha leg of FIG World Cup Series, which starts with the qualifiers at the Aspire Dome on Wednesday.
Six-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, perhaps, one of the greatest of his time, will be a big attraction.
The Japanese legend had missed out on a seventh-successive world title at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada, last year following a bad fall during a training session.
China’s Xiao Ruoteng, who won the men’s All-Around title in Montreal, is another star performer in the competition.
“It feels good to be a world champion,” he had said in an interview to www.agu.gymnastics.com. “To be able to defend the crown in the next edition in Doha in October will be a challenge. It needs a lot of hard work and motivation.”
Xiao became the first Chinese to win a gold at a top global individual all-around competition since Yang Wei achieved the feat at the 2008 Beijing Games.
While ‘King Kohei’ would be hoping to revive his form at the venue, which will host the FIG World Championships, Xiao will look to further strengthen his position as China prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Games.