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FIG takes World Championships to new markets

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has taken two of its World Championships to new markets for events in 2020 and 2021.

The FIG Executive Committee today (Thursday) announced that the 27th edition of the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships will take place in Geneva at the Vernets sport complex between May 29-31, 2020.

The city has previously hosted two Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cups, in 2015 and 2017, but this will be the first time Switzerland stages the World Championships in this discipline. Prior to the World Championships, the 11th World Age Group Competitions will take place at the same venue between May 20-26.

Meanwhile, the 35th edition of the Trampoline World Championships will take place in Baku from November 11-14, 2021, at the Milli Gymnastika Arenasi, the same arena which hosted gymnastics events at the inaugural European Games in the Azeri city in 2015.

Azerbaijan has already hosted two Trampoline World Cups, in 2016 and 2017, but will be staging the World Championships for the first time in this discipline. The 2021 Trampoline World Championships will be followed by the 28th World Age Group Competitions, which will run from November 19-22.

“We’re delighted that countries who had never previously hosted World Championships in these disciplines have applied to organise these big events,” FIG president Morinari Watanabe said. “This will contribute to the development of these gymnastic sports in new regions.”

The Trampoline World Championships take place every year except for Olympic years. The next edition will be held in St Petersburg, Russia between November 7-10 this year, with the 2019 edition to follow in 2020 Olympic Games host Tokyo.

The Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships are a biennial event, staged in even-numbered years. The Belgian city of Antwerp staged this year’s event from April 13-15.