Gymnast: One day I hope Australia to have such chic arena as in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17
By Jani Babayeva – Trend:
The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships have been organized well, gymnast from Australia Aleksandra Kira-Bogatyreva, who came to Baku for the third time, told Trend on Sept. 17.
Bogatyreva made the remarks in Baku following the qualification events of the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships.
“I come to Baku with pleasure and a smile on my face,” she said. "There is always something to work on but today I am pleased with the performance. The arena is beautiful.”
The gymnast added that gymnastics is not very popular in Australia.
"I hope that Australia will also someday have such a chic arena with the world-class specialists,” Bogatyreva said. “Head coach of the Azerbaijani rhythmic gymnastics team Mariana Vasileva has smart gymnasts. I see how she works with them."
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.