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FIG awards hosting rights for World Championships

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has awarded hosting rights for the 2018 and 2019 editions of its Trampoline World Championships to St Petersburg in Russia and the Japanese capital of Tokyo, respectively.

The 2018 event will take place from November 7-10 at the St Petersburg Sport Complex and will precede the World Age Group Competitions for gymnasts aged 11-21. The age group events will run from November 15-18.

The Tokyo event will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2019 and will provide a qualifying route for the summer Olympic Games in the city the following year. The event will take place at the future Olympic arena in Tokyo. The World Age Group Competitions will follow the main event, taking place from December 5-8.

St Petersburg staged the 2009 edition of the Trampoline World Championships. Tokyo has never staged the event before, although the Japanese city of Osaka did play host in 1984.

FIG president Morinari Watanabe said: “These World Championships in St Petersburg and Tokyo will provide the perfect platforms to showcase trampoline, synchronised trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling. Russia has a great history in all of these disciplines with so many inspiring, world-class champions. As far as Tokyo is concerned, it's a great opportunity for the gymnasts to be able to compete for World gold in the same arena as the 2020 Olympic Games.”

This year’s Trampoline World Championships will take place from November 5-8 in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. With 2016 being an Olympic year, the event was last held in Odense, Denmark in 2015.

In other news, the FIG has announced that Guimaraes in Portugal will host the 2018 edition of the Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships. The event will run from June 1-3. It will mark Portugal’s first staging of the event.