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For the first time in history, a part of “October Palace” has being evacuated which concerns Deriugina School of Gymnastics in Kiev. The rest of “October Palace” is not closing down but it is in the same critical condition. Deriugina School requests to save the whole building. As a result of this situation, the gymnasts who were training at this Sports Hall are not allowed to train inside.
The October Palace is officially known as the International Center of Culture and Arts”. This building was almost destroyed after Second World War, but was renovated between 1952 and 1959. During Euromaidan protest in 2014, the October Palace became occupied by protesters.
A part of this building is also the main training centre for the Deriugins School, the most important Rhythmic Gymnatics training center in Ukraine. After 2014 protest in Kiev, the gymnasts needed to leave this sports hall and moved to “Atlet” training center. A part of Deriugina School suffered a robbery.
“This building is not only a school of gymnastics, it is a legendary place for gymnasts in Ukraine, were World, European and Olympic medallist used to train. For us, it is like our second home” – said Olympian Anna Rizatdinova.
Deriugina School became a legend in Rhythmic Gymnastics history. It is (and it actually was) a second home, life and training center for thousand of gymnasts for 50 years. Last week, Albina Deriugina (founder of the school) claimed to Ukrainian Government not to close her school. Since 1992, this school runs the biggest international competition in Ukraine “Deriugina Cup”. European, World and Olympic medallist trained at this center.
At first of June of 2020, the Ukrainian authorities closed the access to October Palace for Deriugina School. You can support them under the hashtag #savederiuginaschool , a legendary Sports Hall in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Albina Deriugina (main coach)
Irina Deriugina (main coach)
Ireesha Blohina (choreographer)
Vlada Nikolchenko is currently Team Leader at National Ukrainian Team of Senior Individual Rhythmic Gymnastics. She was born in Kharkov (Ukraine) 17 years ago. She was brought to gymnastics by her mother and grandmother. Once she realized that she enjoyed a lot doing gymnastics, she focused on serious goals. Then, she was invited by Irina Deriugina, National Team Coach, to train in Kiev.
The beggining of my career at Deriugina School in Kiev was really hard, but the whole team is indeed really friendly. My coaches always understand my situation and support me
Her favorite competition is Deriugina Cup Grand Prix, which usually takes part in spring. These year, Deriugina Cup was cancelled because of the COVID-19 health emergency. But Vlada’s goal is definitly to become an Olympian.
“I dream to reach Olympic Games. This idea motivates me to train every single day.”
Vlada is in National Team since 2017, where she placed 8th in all around junior groups competition at European Championships in Budapest. Just a year later, in 2018, Vlada made her debut as a senior individual gymnast, placing 4th in all-around competition. She was one of the youngest gymnast of this competition since she was only 15 years old. Vlada’s best result was becoming 3rd (bronze) at World Championships in Baku in 2019 with clubs.
Grand Prix Marbella (Spain)- Postponed Official Communication by Organizers:
In the last few days some countries don’t allow their sportsmen and sportswoman travel to other countries due to COVID-19 health problema. Italy, Bulgaria, Russia and Georgia were the first who cancelled their participation.
The situation in the city and surroundings is estable, anyways the organization decided to postpone Grand Prix Marbella 2020.
The Organizing Committee deeply regrets this last minute cancellation.
Grand Prix Thiais (France)- Cancelled- Official Press Communication by Organizers:
The situation of the Coronavirus virus – COVID 19 in France leads the Organizing Committee to cancel the 34th edition of the Internationaux de Thiais scheduled for next March 28 and 29, in view of the risks that this could cause the foreign delegations taking part and the public many who attend the event.
Several delegations have already canceled their participation in the Brno Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend as well as in the Marbella Grand Prix scheduled for next week. They will do the same for the Grand Prix de Thiais.
Our disappointment is great and that of the gymnasts and their staff and the public will be even greater as we can imagine.
However, we cannot – in the absence of certainty as to the continuation in stage 2 of the epidemic by March 28 – to maintain the competition.
Stage 3 during which the virus circulates and is transmissible on the whole territory, could be set up in the short term and thus oblige us to cancel the competition a few days before and thus penalize both the delegations and the public who would have bought their tickets.
Beyond the city of Thiais alone, spectators today come from all over the metropolis and even from abroad.
For spectators who have already bought their place, a reimbursement procedure will be put in place by the organizing committee. All information will be present on the site http://www.grandprixthiais.fr and on social networks as soon as possible.
The Organizing Committee deeply regrets this case of force majeure and renounces only forced and forced. He hopes that everyone will understand the position taken and see you all in March 2021
With our best regards.
Grand Prix Deriugina Cup – Kiev- Postponed
Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team coach, Ireesha Blohina confirms that Grand Prix Kiev will be postponed.
Czech media confirms that Russian National Team won’t participate at the next stage of Grand Prix Series in Brno, Czech Republic due to the spread of Coronavirus. The Israeli team is ready to come if the absence of athletes from Italy is confirmed. The Romanian national team was excluded from participation.
This information was given by a member of Czech Union of Gymnastics and it is not official.
By the moment, both Federations (Russia and Israel) haven’t confirmed this. On the other hand, these Federations haven’t contacted the organization of the following Grand Prix Series. According to the information given by Grand Prix Marbella organization, Russia and Israel are still confirmed by the date.
Coronavirus is causing a big health crisis in whole Europe at the moment. The human coronaviruses mainly infect the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. They often result in upper respiratory tract infections (simple colds) in humans, causing mild illnesses usually of short lasting nature with a rhinitis, cough, sore throat, as well as fever. There are still many unknowns regarding to the virulence and pathogenicity of the virus, the severity of affected patients, its transmission patterns, reservoir and source of infection.
Russian rhythmic gymnastics star, Aleksandra Soldatova revealed two days ago she was suffering from an eating disorder: bulimia. Just a few days before she talked to Tass Press Agency, Russian yellow press confirmed that Aleksandra tried to commit suicide and she was admited into a psychiatric ward at a hospital in Moscow. Hours later, her coach Anna Dyachenko published on her Instagram account a video of Sasha, saying that she was at the hospital because she had an accident with a knife during breakfast, rejecting all press declarations. Sasha appeared for a Gala Show at Grand Prix in Moscow this weekend.
However, this recent reports led Soldatova to open up on her battle with bulimia for at least, two years, that has constantly affected her. She confirmed she told to her coaches that she was suffering from this disease in summer of 2018. Anna Dyachenko, her coach, talked to her for up to three hours.
“Every time when I faced the choice: sport or my health, I chose sport.”
She could compete at the European Championships in 2019, getting good results. After this, she was admitted to the hospital again for a month.
“But after training, everything got worse again and Irina Viner said that I should first fully recover, feel more confident about myself”
The alarms lighted up when in September of last year, Soldatova lost consciousness at a World Cup event in Portugal, leading to her being left out of the Russian team for that month’s World Championships. She confirmed that she ate alone and went everywhere alone, ignoring what was going on with her while her health condition was getting worse.
“My life was divided between my battle with the illness and this beautiful sport.”
Soldatova said she is taking a career break and not in a rush with her treatment, acknowledging that “professional sports and bulimia are not compatible, especially when you need to prepare for the Olympic Games.”
Source: Tass Agency
It is already known by rhythmic gymnastics fans that the most popular twins in RG, Dina and Arina Averina are also best friends and rivals.
“We have a sixth sense. Our thoughts are the same many times. For example, we can just look to each other and understand what we want, without sharing a single word”
“We are already used to people asking our parents how to distinguish us. Our coaches and close friends are very good at distinguishing us. If you stay with us more than a week you could be able to find the differences between us. But actually, we are very different.”
“My new nickname is small dynamite!” – says Dina. “If I have a goal, I set myself and focus on how can I reach it. On the other hand, Arina is tender and calm.”
“When I am in competition, I don’t think about winning a medal. I just focus in a good performance. Of course, I get goosebumps sometimes.” – said Dina.
Just after Arina’s performance with clubs in World Championships Baku, Dina approached Arisha at the Kiss and Cry zone really happy. They looked at each other and both started crying at the same time.
“It was a mix of joy and fatigue. We couldn’t stop ourselves. I cried because of her. I can’t watch her crying, I automatically had the same feeling. I could not hold back the tears”- confirmed Dina.
“I was injured during European Games. I was very worried and I remember that I was watching the live streaming. Every minute I was refreshing the website, reading fan’s commentaries during Dina’s performance. Sometimes we could not be together. We need to know that we must know to compete alone.” – said Arina.
Arina and Dina will have new exercises for 2020 that will include higher difficulty, as Dina confirmed in an interview for Olympic Chanel.
Euskalgym is a unique show held in Bilbao, Dpain where the best gymnasts in the world are reunited for a magic spectacle. It is a tribute to gymnastics, designed for the delight of fans of this sport, elevated to the art category. Euskalgym is a massive event for the public to enjoy discovering the spectacular nature of gymnastics.
The event is held on BEC Arena, a huge exhibition area in Barakaldo which can seat up to 20.000 people.
Euskalgym started 14 years back in Basque Country, Spain as a small event for local gymnasts. In the last edition in 2018, more than 8300 spectactors crowded BEC Arena. This year, more than 6000 tickets were sold out in less than four hours. Curretly, tickets are sold out.
Save the date! 16th of November 2019 at BEC Arena, Bilbao.
Current World All-Around Champion, Dina Averina
World Champion in Ribbon in 2017, Aleksandra Soldatova
Bronze medallist in European Championships 2018, Katsiaryna Halkina
Current Vice World Champion, Arina Averina
Current World Championships Bronze in All-Around Competition Medallist, Linoy Ashram
Current World Champion in Hoop, Ekaterina Selezneva
Current Junior World Champion, Lala Kramarenko
Current World Bronze Medallist in ball and ribbon, Boryana Kaleyn
Ukrainian Senior National Team
Member, Honoured Master of Sports International Class, Yeva Meleshchuk
The Bulgarian “Golden Girls” Senior Bulgarian Team
Current World Team Bronze Medallist, Anastasiia Salos and Alina Harnasko