Atmosphere at stands of National Gymnastics Arena in Baku always friendly - spectator
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17
By Jani Babayeva – Trend:
The competitions of the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku are spectacular, viewer Tatyana Lipilina told Trend.
“This is not the first time that I attend the competitions organized in the National Gymnastics Arena and I can say that the atmosphere at the stands is always friendly, the fans root not only for the representatives of their country, but actively support everyone,” she said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the solemn opening ceremony of the World Championships with my own eyes yesterday, but I watched the broadcast on TV and enjoyed it a lot.”
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.