Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 16
By Jani Babayeva, Sara Israfilbayova - Trend:
The World Cup in Trampoline and Tumbling in Baku is organized very well, Diogo Ganchinho, Portuguese trampoline gymnast, told Trend.
“It is a very special place for me and it feels good to be back. I always feel very happy here in Baku. The World Cup is organized very well as every competition held here,” Ganchinho said.
Further, he said that it is the first competition of the season, so everyone is quite nervous.
“Everything is going well. It was a good start. I hope we'll get the qualification for the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. We have a strong team,” he noted.
The World Cup in Trampoline and Tumbling is set to run from February 16 to 17 in Baku. Some 200 gymnasts from 30 countries are taking part in the championship.
Such athletes as Uladzislau Hancharou, Rosannagh MacLennan, Jason Burnett, Dong Dong, Gao Lei, Dmitry Ushakov and Bryony Page will compete in this World Cup.
Azerbaijan is represented by Veronika Zemlianaia in the individual program, Ruslan Aghamirov, Ilya Grishunin and Oleg Piunov in the individual and synchronized men's programs, and Mikhail Malkin in tumbling at the World Cup.
Six World Cups in Trampoline will be held in 2019 and 2020, with two of them being held in Baku.
Last year, Baku hosted the European Trampoline Championships, with the participation of 26 countries, with the World Cups organized in 2016 and 2017.