International Gymnastics Federation Measures to protect athletes hit by the war


Today, the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) expressed its measures concerning the Russian military invasion of Ukraine in the last days. Their motto is to protect the athletes from political pressure, since FIG is a sporting Committee. President Watannabe is offering help to the Gymnastics Community in Ukraine. The measures that FIG determined are:

Team Ukraine

  • The Russian and Belarussian national flags must not be displayed, and the Russian and Belarussian anthems must not be played at any FIG-sanctioned events until further notice.
  • All FIG World Cup and World Challenge Cup events planned to take place in Russia and Belarus are cancelled, and no other FIG events will be allocated to Russia or Belarus until further notice.
  • All FIG-sanctioned events planned to take place in Russia and Belarus are removed from the FIG calendar and will no longer be recognised by the FIG. No other events taking place in Russia and Belarus will be sanctioned by the FIG until further notice.


Source: FIG press release

Euskalgym 2021 Photos II

Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Khrystina Pohranychna (UKR)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Daria Trubnikova (RUS)
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Anna Rizatdinova comments about Linoy Ashram’s Olympic Victory

Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

Anna Rizatdinova was the bronze medallist in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Anna commented in a recent interview her point of view on the winner at the 2020 Olympics, Linoy Ashram fron Israel. “I was third, but Yana Kudryatseva made a mistake with clubs”.

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

“I agree that Yana had more difficult in her routines, but everyone had 10 points – the initial amount. I could only scored these 10 points with turns. Kudryavtseva did incredible things with the ball. Her ball control is unique. I admit that when it’s great, then it’s great. But she made a mistake and, nevertheless, she was in second place. If I made a mistake – God forbid, dropped a ribbon, a ball – there would be no talk of any bronze – it would be 6-7th place at best”

Rizatdinova gave an interview to the Ostrov YouTube channel.

Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

Yana Kudryavtseva, also commented about this interview:

“I always respect all the gymnast and I have never said anything negative about them. But this time, I did not understand these words towards me. Anna Rizatdinova thinks that I didn’t deserve a second place in Rio Olympics 2016 due to my mistake in clubs. Well, the real price for me were my fans, audience. I am very proud of my position in Rio. My advice: accept your defeats.”

Yana Kudryavsteva (RUS)

Irina Viner on Averinas sports career

Irina Viner Usmanova

Irina Viner revealed why Arina and Dina Averina are still training even they wanted to finish their career after Tokyo 2020.

“After Olympic Games, Arina called me. She told me she wanted to finish her sports career. The intention of the twins was to graduate in Economics and attend to University. I said -okay-. Hold on for a minute, chicken. Wet chicken. What did the Nation for you and your sister? Why did the people take you to the Red Square in your honour? The first prime Minister, said that your sister Dina deserved the gold medal. Now the President is going to give you an award. Are you crazy? How dare you! Will you let the people down? After all these, how can you say that to me?

Arina Averina (RUS)

“Quickly go to gym!” – said Irina Viner. ”Were you trying to test me? How much do you want me to suffer for you? You though that I would say to you that I have younger gymnast that can replace you. But you are not right”

Irina Viner made them back to the gym. Now Dina and Arina are training for the next season on their brand new routines.

Dina Averina (RUS)

Bulgarian Senior Group “Golden Girls” retire

Olympic Champions, Bulgarian Senior Group, announced their retirement last month in a special event that was celebrated in Sofia. The “Golden Girls” are Simona Dyankova, Madlen Radukanova, Stefani Kiryakova, Laura Traets and Erika Zafirova.

Their last competition before their retirement was suposed to be World Championships in Japan, but just a few days before, a member of the group, Laura Traets recalled a cervical pain that forced her to stop training at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu. So that this condition made Laura stopped on 25 October and ended her sporting career a few days earlier than expected. The origin of her pain was in her back. She was not able to move her right arm.

Laura Traets (BUL)

After becoming Olympic Champions, all fans were expecting to see them again at World Championships in October. It was their last chance to also win World Championships. The group had no choice but to withdraw from the competition. “Laura’s health is more important than medals’. We are Olympic champions! We have been a real team since the beginning.” – said the group.

Elena Bineva, who was part of the group until the end of 2018, was also in the Gala-Show in honour of the Group.

Euskalgym Gala 2021 Photos

Almudena Cid & Bulgaria
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Almudena Cid (ESP)
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Khrystyna Pohranychna (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Daria Trubnikova (RUS)
Daria Trubnikova (RUS)
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Daria Trubnikova (RUS)
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Khrystyna Pohranychna (UKR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Daria Trubnikova (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Khrystyna Pohranychna (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Natalia Garcia (ESP)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Almudena Cid (ESP)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Bulgaria
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Khrystyna Pohranychna (UKR)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Teresa Gorospe (ESP)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Paloma Del Rio
Judith Torralba
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

FIG Athlete’s representative

Valeriya Yuzvyak (UKR)

The FIG recently confirmed the list of candidatures for the athletes’ representative. The elections, will be held during World Championships in Japan for the next week.

The athletes’ representatives are elected by their fellow gymnasts. The voting system is stated in the FIG Statues, which is the same one as for the election of the President. The name of the elected gymnast will be announced at the athletes’s meeting during World Championships. They will be the representatives from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025.

The gymnasts looking forward this election are:

  • Valeriya Yuzvyak (UKR)
  • Nicole Ruprecht (AUT)
  • Siyana Vasilieva (AZE)
  • Salome Pazhava (GEO)
  • Neviana Vladinova (BUL)
  • Jessica Maier (BRA)
Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

Neviana Vladinova is a former Bulgarian Champion, qualified 7th in Olympic Games Rio 2016 and bronze medallist at World Championships. Neviana retired from competition in November 2020 due to a neck injury. She is now a vice president of the Bulgarian gymnastics Federation. She appeared in international junior competitions in 2006 and began competing as a senior in 2011 season.

“Your problems will be my problems aswell. I will be your voice”

Neviana Vladinova
Salome Pazhava (GEO)

Salome Pazhava made history in Georgia, becoming the second most successful gymnast in her country. She finished 4th in World Championships 2015 in Stuttgart. She qualified for Olympic Games in Tokyo. She already finished this year her sports career. Salome is currently the Vice-President of the Georgian National Gymnastic Federation in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

I will protect your rights. I will do my best to create equality.

Salome Pazhava
Nicol Ruprecht

Nicol Ruprecht is Austria’s most successful gymnast. She has competed in numerous World Cup and Grand Prix series. This year, after European Championships in Varna, where she became 29th . She announced her retirement in June 2021.

It is very important for me to be for all of you and speak for all of you

Nicol Ruprecht
Jessica Maier (BRA)

Jessica Maier is a Brazilian former group gymnasts. She represented her nation at international competitions and was one of the top successful gymnasts at Pan American Games 2015, 2018 and South American Games in 2011 and 2018.

If I could define in one word why you should elect me, the word would be “connection”

Jessica Maier (BRA)
Siyana Vasilieva

Siyana Vasileva is a former gymnast from Bulgaria that competed for Azerbaijan. Currently she is the coach of the National Senior Group of Azerbaijan. She was medallist at multiple World Cup Series. She was the captain of AZE group since 2011. She is in the 4th year of her Bachellor’s degree of Psychology

I know how to help gymnasts to achieve their goals

Siyana Vasileva
Valeriya Yuzvyak (UKR)

Valeriya Yuzvyak is a former group gymnast from Ukraine, who was recently diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer. This type of sarcoma made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal (voluntary) muscles. She received a succesfull treatment in Germany and now she wants to become an Athelets’ representative. She is European and World Medallist.

With me, the voice of the gymnasts could be heard loud and clear

Valeryia Yuzvyak (UKR)

Information about Euskalgym Gala 2021

Polina Berezina (ESP), Euskalgym Gala 2019

Euskalgym Gala is a unique event that is held in Bilbao (Spain) every year. The best gymnasts in the whole world are performing their exercises and galas, giving a tribute for the delight of their fans. It is a massive event for the audience to enjoy discovering the spectacularity of rhythmic gymnastics . It is a tribute to gymnastics, designed for the delight of fans of this sport, raised to the category of art.The event will take part in November 20th at BEC (Bizkaia arena), one of the biggest halls in Spain that has 11.500 seats, expandable in 3.500 in an optimal enviroment. Its access is very easy, just from outside or from the parking (indoor parking for 4000 vehicles) and its only a few meters away from the Ansio subway station. Ansio Station on Line 2 of the Underground, with an exit to the trade fair site (BEC North Entrance) links our site to Bilbao.

Because of the worldwide health crisis, the event was cancelled by the organization and they are looking forward the next autumn in 2021. Over the years, World, European and Olympic Champions performed in this Gala, such as Anna Bessonova, Silviya Miteva, Evgeniya Kanaeva, Aleksandra Soldatova, Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtseva.

Olympic Champion, Linoy Ashram (ISR) at 2019 Edition

Several gymnasts will finish 2021 season at this event, afters the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Japan. There is already such a huge list of Rhythmic Gymnastics stars that are already confirmed for Euskalgym 2021 Gala. This event started 16 years ago in Basque Country, Spain, as a small event for local gymnasts. In 2018, more than 8300 spectactors crowded BEC Arena. In 2019, more than 6000 tickets were sold out in less than four hours. Curretly, most of the top tickets are sold out, but there is still a chance to buy the last available tickets.

Participants

Polina Berezina (ESP)
Khrystina Pohranychna (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Teresa Gorospe (ESP)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Spanish Senior Group
Bulgarian Senior Group
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Daria Atamanov (ISR)
Almudena Cid and Bulgarian Senior Group
Spanish Senior Group

Tickets

https://entradas.euskalgym.com/

Getting to BEC

From Bilbao, Line 3136 Bizkaibus (Bilbao-Cruces-Barakaldo)

From Barakaldo, city bus KBus

The long distance RENFE station in Bilbao (Abando) connects  directly with BEC via Line 2 of the Underground.

Grand Prix Marbella 2021 Photos: Finals

Polina Berezina (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Anastasiia Simakova (RUS)
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)

Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (RUS)
Teresa Gorospe (ESP)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Teresa Gorospe (ESP)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Arina Krasnorutskaya (BLR)
Helene Karbanov (FRA)
Belarus
U.S.A.
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)

Grand Prix Marbella 2021: All Around Photos

Anastasiia Simakova (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Sol Martinez (ARG)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Spanish senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Arina Krasnorutskaya (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Bulgaria
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)