Birmingham may be our second city, but on the 23rd of March, it will become number one in the world as far as gymnastics stars are concerned. For this is the day the 2019 Gymnastics World Cup takes centre stage at the Genting Arena.
A major global event, taking on extra significance with Tokyo 2020 emerging on the horizon, athletes and fans alike will revel in the sporting electra. Some of the best gymnasts on the planet will be ready to demonstrate their skills in the white-hot heat of battle, reaching the highest levels of ability. And with Birmingham already an exciting sporting hub, a superb atmosphere is all but guaranteed for what promises to be supreme competition.
Gymnastics World Cup – Global Stars
Though it’s slightly early to confirm the eight nations who will be taking part, recently represented countries have included the USA, Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan. It’s highly likely we’ll see most of those again alongside Great Britain, of course. There will certainly be several Olympic, World and European medallists in the lineups, adding spice to what is always a fantastic occasion. And as the hosts, Britain will secure four spots automatically leaving the selectors spoilt for choice. The gymnastics world cup features up to nine male and nine female athletes.
Meeting the Challenge
Part of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup Series, gymnasts will face some tough challenges calling for discipline, strength and amazing flexibility. All three will be needed for their work on the rings, and those incredible carefully put together routines on the vault and floor. Then there’s both the parallel and high bars to encounter. Tension, excitement and the respect of the crowd will all make the stakes even higher. Our female gymnasts, in particular, will provide the perfect example of grace and composure.
Competitions like these provide great watching for club members across the UK, who take their gymnastics seriously. They can also act as a catalyst for inspiration for those youngsters just starting out in the sport.
2018 A Cause for Celebration
Last time around the gymnastics fraternity was celebrating medals won by both Alice Kinsella, daughter of Republic of Ireland football international Mark, and James Hall from the Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Maidstone. To do so in front of their home crowd, was a career highlight.
Amanda Reddin, Women’s Head National Coach, said:
“This is a great opportunity for our gymnasts. The competition structure of the event allows gymnasts to thrive under pressure, their routines showcasing all the effort they’ve put in during hours and hours of training to peak at the right time.
“Competitions of this nature are invaluable to support our gymnasts on their road to Tokyo. There’s no better platform for them to perform on – these conditions make the Olympic pressure real.”
Breaking it Down
Spectators will see male gymnasts taking to the arena from midday until four o’clock. Female athletes will be in action from half-past five until just after nine. The judges will be concentrating intently, as every move is priceless to competitors at the peak of their powers, looking to move up the ranks.
This fascinating World Cup consists of a series of stages only with no culminating final event. At each stage, the top three gymnasts or groups in each apparatus are awarded both medals and prize money. And naturally, an all-round winner will finally emerge. Only the winning nation receives a cup at the end of the series.
No stranger to acting, as host for the BBC Sports Personality of The Year Award, the 16,000 capacity Genting Arena is the 10th busiest in the world. It’s also a very fitting and welcoming venue for such a prestigious gathering of athletes, located right next to the city’s airport. It’s fully accessible to both able-bodied and disabled alike, with state-of-the-art facilities to make any visit extremely enjoyable. There are some excellent parking and transport links as well.
The world cup will be held at Genting Arena on Saturday, March 23, 2019, and it’s open to all members of the public. So, the message from Brum is clear – book your tickets early to get the best seats in the house. It’s an experience you’ll never forget and very much part of the Birmingham beat.
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