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FIG takes aerobic gymnastics worlds to Cancun

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has awarded its 2014 Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships and the World Age Group Competitions to the Mexican city of Cancun in a move it hopes will boost the discipline’s hopes of securing a spot on the Olympic Programme.

The agreement with the Mexican Gymnastics Federation will mark the first time that the event will be staged on the American continent. The 13th edition of the World Championships will run from June 27-29, preceded by the World Age Group Competitions from June 23-25.

The championships were inaugurated in 1995 in Paris, France and staged for the first time in Asia in Nanning, China in 2006. The FIG said the discipline is “underscoring its universality” by turning to a third continent, adding that this is one of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) requirements for becoming an Olympic sport.

The previous edition of the Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships was hosted in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia in 2012.