Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
Some 33 countries made final bids for participation in the Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championship, to be held in Baku on June 13-15, namely: Andorra, Austria , Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Spain , Estonia, Finland , France , Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel , Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway , Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia , Slovenia, Serbia , Switzerland , Slovakia , Turkey, Ukraine, and of course , Azerbaijan, the secretariat of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) in Lausanne told the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation on March 19.
The gymnasts from 32 countries will compete in the individual tournament among juniors, 21 teams of the Old World will compete in the adult group competitions. Each country can be represented by four individual young athletes with one reserve team and an adult team in the group exercises.
A champion of the continent in the Olympic discipline - all round competitions will be determined among the top 20 gymnasts following the European Championship in Vienna 2013.
Some 258 gymnasts will compete for 9 sets of awards in Baku.
The Euro 2014 schedule says that the qualifying junior competitions with hoop and ball will be held on the first day of the tournament (June 13).
A magnificent opening ceremony will be held. A champion of Europe in the double-event among the group teams will be determined.
The juniors will perform with clubs and ribbon on the second day (June 14). A champion of Europe will be determined in the team competition. All-around finals will also be held among adult gymnasts.
The finals in individual rounds among the junior and group teams will be held on the last day of the competition on the National Salvation Day (June 15). The closing ceremony of the championship and the gala concert with participation of European famous gymnastics will be held.
Members of the Technical Committee for Rhythmic Gymnastics UEG will be in Baku on April 3-6. They will conduct the casting of lots of the championship, meet with members of the Organizing Committee, participate in the presentation of the website and promotional video, discuss technical issues for the tournament together with the president of the Technical Committee Heide Bruneder (Austria) on April 5.
The European Championship will be held in the National Gymnastics Arena near Koroglu subway station. This modern building is among a number of Baku's new sports venues.
The delegations of the participating countries will stay near the competition venue in the Athlete Village, built for the first European Games 2015.
The local and foreign media will cover the European Championship. As for the press representatives -TV, journalists, photographers, electronic media, bloggers , etc.- they can receive online accreditation through the website of the European Union of Gymnastics on the following link - fedintgym.com / mediamanager /. The deadline for press applications is May 28, 2014.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN