Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where antiquity perfectly embraces modernity, welcomes gymnastics fans at the FIG World Challenge Cup AGF Trophy 2016, to be held for the first time in the country early this year.
The competitions will be held at the National Gymnastics Arena, which hosted six gymnastics disciplines during the Baku 2015 First European Games.
The first men's and women's world challenge cup in artistic gymnastics of the year is scheduled for Feb. 19-21.
In general, there are 146 participants within the delegations representing 19 countries at the event. Some 46 men and 22 women gymnasts will compete for medals in Apparatus Finals of the World Challenge Cup.
Certainly, bronze medalist of the World Championships on Parallel Bars, only Azerbaijani athlete who won five medals at the Baku 2015 First European Games, Oleg Stepko, as well as his team-mate Petro Pakhnyuk, both of whom became bronze medalists in team competition together, are in the list of favourites.
In Women's Artistic Gymnastics Competitions, Azerbaijan is represented by silver medalist (Uneven Bars) of the FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics Kristina Pravdina, as well as by Marina Nekrasova, Yuliya Inshina and Mariia Smirnova.
Qualifications among both men and women on the first two days of the competitions are to be followed by the Apparatus Finals on the last day.
There is an opportunity for the spectators to be a part of various contests and enjoy entertaining flash mobs in the course of the event.