London to stage World Cup of Gymnastics event

The British Gymnastics national governing body has partnered with sports promoter Matchroom Sport to bring the World Cup of Gymnastics event to London.

The event will take place on April 8 next year at the city’s O2 Arena, which staged gymnastics events during London's hosting of the summer Olympic Games in 2012.

The event will form part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) 2017 individual all-round World Cup Series, which begins in America before travelling to Stuttgart in Germany and then London.

The World Cup of Gymnastics will feature a women’s competition during the afternoon and a men’s competition during the evening. The men’s competition will comprise six apparatus disciplines – floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar – with women to compete on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor. UK pay-television broadcaster Sky will show live coverage of the event.

British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen said: “It’s testament to the huge success of our sport that we are able to stage this event and showcase gymnastics in the magnificent O2 Arena. British Gymnastics continues to go from strength to strength and our gymnasts' historic achievements during Rio 2016 mean gymnastics is in demand and more popular than ever.

“The World Cup of Gymnastics is a fantastic competition with some the world’s best gymnasts in action. Having been staged superbly in Glasgow for many years in front of sold-out crowds this is a chance for even more new fans to witness our sport. Our athletes are excited to now perform and compete in London, entertaining a huge crowd in a spectacular venue.”

Great Britain picked up a team-record seven medals in gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Olympics.