Gymnast from Australia feels in Baku as in fairy tale
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17
By Jani Babayeva – Trend:
Perfect conditions were created for gymnasts in Baku, gymnast from Australia Lidia Yakovleva told Trend on Sept. 17.
Yakovleva made the remarks in Baku after taking part in the qualification events of the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships.
“I arrived in Baku for the first time,” she added. “The national gymnastics arena has been decorated very beautifully in oriental style. We find ourselves in a fairy tale. The conditions are perfect. Everything has been organized well.”
While speaking about rivals, Yakovleva stressed that she was primarily competing with herself.
“I am not competing with anyone,” she said. “I am a rival for myself and I want to be better than I was yesterday.”
The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will last until Sept. 22.
The Championships are the qualification competition for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020. So, the first 16 individual gymnasts (max. two gymnasts per country) in the all-around ranking will qualify for the Games.
As for the gymnasts within group exercises, Bulgaria, Russia and Italy have already qualified according to the results of the last World Championships. At this year’s Championships, the best five teams will qualify for the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games according to the all-around scores.
More than 300 gymnasts from 61 countries are competing for nine sets of medals. “Fairy Tales will come to life" is the motto of the championships.
Nine gymnasts are representing Azerbaijan at the World Championship, which is being held at the National Gymnastics Arena. Zohra Agamirova, Veronika Hudis, Yelyzaveta Luzan and Maryam Safarova perform in individual competitions. Ayshan Bayramova, Diana Ahmadbayli, Aliya Pashayeva, Zeynab Hummatova and Darya Sorokina participate in group exercises as part of the Azerbaijani team.