Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.18,
Baku hosted the meeting of heads and representatives of the delegations which have arrived in the country for the FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics on Feb.18.
Attending the meeting, Vice President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Altay Hasanov greeted the delegations' members, wished them success and held a roll-call of the countries.
In his welcome speech, Hasanov noted that it is the first major competition in artistic gymnastics in Baku, since prior to this, the city hosted big events in rhythmic gymnastics.
Further, addressing the meeting, President of the FIG Technical Committee in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Nellie Kim and a member of the FIG Technical Committee for Men's Artistic Gymnastics Holger Albrecht, noted that the preparations for the competitions are at a high level.
Nellie Kim said that from 2017, the World Cup stages in artistic gymnastics will be qualifying for the Olympic Games and Baku can be one of the host cities, since all conditions and facilities here meet Olympic standards.