European Union of Gymnastics awards hosting rights, seeks to aid event organisers

The European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) has named host cities for a number of its showpiece events across 2018 to 2020, while it has introduced a new measure which aims to reduce the financial strain on competition organisers.

The announcements come following the UEG Executive Committee’s first meeting of 2017. The contract between the UEG and Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation was signed confirming Valladolid as the host city of the 2018 Rhythmic European Championships, which will take place from June 1-3.

Finalising the 2018 calendar, the 12th TeamGym European Championships were awarded to the Portuguese Gymnastics Federation and the city of Odivelas. The event is scheduled for October 15-21.

In 2020, the Artistic Gymnastics European Championships will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan for the men and in Paris, France for the women. The UEG added that the Polish city of Szczecin is being considered for the 2019 European Championships in Artistic Gymnastics, for both men and women. The UEG will make a decision after a site visit.

Meanwhile, the UEG said that member federations now have the option to make use of its human resources or “specific skills”, which may be made available, on request and free of charge, to their organising committees.

“This initiative is part of the desire to raise and maintain the quality level of the European Championships and to ease the organisers' financial burden,” the UEG said in a statement.