Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Jani Babayeva - Trend:
The atmosphere in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku is wonderful, Azerbaijan's gymnast Nikita Simonov told Trend March 14.
Simonov noted that that he performed the combination in the ring exercise well at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Baku, adding that his result isn’t bad.
"The fans are very encouraging, it helps at competitions,” said Simonov. “It’s very cool when you perform in your home arena.”
The gymnast noted that he plans to reach the finals of the competition.
“I plan to make it to the finals and perform well there. There are many competitors at the World Cup, and athletes from Ukraine, the UK, Italy and China stand out.”
The FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup is being held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku and brings together the strongest gymnasts from 41 countries.
The competition is important for athletes who want to get to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
Qualifications will be held during the first two days of the four-day competition, while the finals during the last two days. The gymnasts who will get the highest points for the performance will be awarded with the traditional AGF Trophy Cup.
The men’s qualification competitions in the floor exercises, parallel bars exercises and rings exercises are being held on the first day.
Women are competing for reaching the final in vault and uneven bars exercises.
Gymnasts Murad Agarzayev, Ivan Tikhonov, Nikita Simonov and Marina Nekrasova represent Azerbaijan at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup.