Aleksandra Soldatova had opened up about her disease


Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Aleksandra Soldatova, Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics World and European champion has been interviewed by Russia Today about her long-lasting battle with an eating disorder. She recognised that she needed help against anxiety, that was caused by a rigorous weight control. This issue has seriously damaged her mental and physical health.

She realized that she had a serious problem when her thoughts were only about food. She even starved herself for several days.

“I was always out of energy and didn’t have the power to train. But I was afraid to admit that I had an eating problem,”


She became lonely and unsociable and she tried not to meet people at cafes or restaurants, since this implied eating. Then she realized that she was over the limit and has to tell her problem to her coaches, who managed to stop her bulimic behaviors.

There were 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.

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.

“I still has nightmares in which I gain weight, which remains a fear.”

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: Russia Today



Irina Viner Usmanova about the decision for not signing up at European Championships


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Irina Viner-Usmanova

39 countries already have signed up for European Championships 2020 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The surprising fact is that team Russia did not sign up for this event, that is scheduled from 26 to 29 November 2020 in Kiev. A final decision, due to the global health crisis, will be taken on 28 September. European Championships of Kiev is a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess. Russia was already qualified.

The president of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation said that “the conditions presented by the event organizers are unacceptable”. Those are, that the sportswomen and sportsmen have to be in quarantine before the event.

Irina Viner Usmanova also mention that the cancellation probability of the Championships is very high, due to the Health Worldwide situation. Another reason is the diplomatic tense relationship between Russia and Ukraine.


“We don’t have direct flights from Russia to Ukraine right now. We also could have the posibility of isolation in the middle of our trip. Due to this situation, I don’t want to endanger our Team, since we are already qualified for Olympic Games”

The UEG will confirm the final decision at the end of September.

                                                                                                                                 Source: TASS


Daria Trubnikova (RUS)


Lala Kramarenko (RUS)



Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)



Russia does not sign up for the 2020 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

39 countries sign up for European Championships 2020 in Kiev, Ukraine. This means that close to 30 gymnast will compete in this event:

  • 44 Senior Individual Gymnasts
  • 17 Senior Groups
  • 138 Junior Individual Gymnasts

The surprising fact is that team Russia did not sign up for this event, that is scheduled from 26 to 29 November 2020 in Kiev. A final decision, due to the global health crisis, will be taken on 28 September.

European Championships of Kiev is a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess.
Those Federations who did not qualify yet could register one gymnast in the senior individual all-around. These gymnasts will compete in separate rounds from the top 24 that qualified to the all-around final at last year’s Europeans in Baku (AZE).


Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)


New Sports Project in Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics


Spanish Senior Group in 2019

Olympian Alejandra Quereda has been appointed today as the new National Head Coach in groups. Quereda already leads Spanish individual Team as a Head coach since 2018. The Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation (RFEG) has been working for several months in this sports project, that will be showed up in the upcoming days.

Alejandra Quereda competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games in Brazil where she was member of the Spanish group that won silver medal in group-all around. The new long-term project will start with the first objective of building a competitive team for the World Championship (qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games), which will be held in the city of Valencia in 2023.


Spanish Senior Group in 2012

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Anna Baranova

Thus, Anna Baranova, who was until now the National Head Coach for the last decade, is no longer part of the RFEG. Anna Baranova was born in Belarus and has a long career as an international coach. Nowadays she is living in Madrid, Spain.

She has held the position of National Head coach in two stages: the first from 2004 to 2008, and the second from 2011 to 2020. She also had the help of Sara Bayón as coach. In this period, the Spanish team has achieved among other achievements proclaiming itself Olympic Silver Champions in Rio 2016, two-time World Champions in 10 clubs (Kiev 2013 and Izmir 2014), the World bronze in the All-Around Competition of Stuttgart 2015 and 4th place at the 2012 London Olympics.


Spanish Senior Group in 2019


Natalia Godunko’s past in Rhythmic Gymnastics

Natalia Godunko is one of the most successful gymnasts from Ukraine among others such as Anna Bessonova. Godunko finished 5th in Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games : Ribbon 26.125, Clubs 26.375, Ball 25.800 and Hoop 25.500.

A week ago, Natalia confessed her experiences during her career as a gymnast.

“2007 was the most difficult year for me in sports. I injured my calf during World Championships in Patras. My coach have never believed in me. I could even say that preparation for Olympic Games were so tough. We were told that we needed to loose weight before Olympics. In my opinion, if we had a different psychological approach, we could have been more efficient. There was constant psychological pressure”.



“My experience at Olympic Games was awful. We couldn’t wait to the end of the Games. Because an athlete should be thrilled about going to an Olympiad. We counted the hours and seconds for the end of our performance. I think this is so wrong. ”

About Irina Deriugina

Irina Deriugina is the daughter of Albina Deriugina, owner of the biggest and the most popular school od Rhythmic Gymnastics in Ukraine.

“Really few people could deal with Irina Deriugina. Anna Bessonova wasn’t able to get ready with her at all. She was always with Albina. The only one who had a good relationship with Irina was Tamara Yerofeeva, World Champion in 2001. I can say that my relationship with Irina was just okay, I could be with Albina and Irina. They loved me but the preference was given to other gymnasts. I can’t say I didn’t feel some kind of love from Irina Deriugina.


Tamara Yerofeeva and Irina Deriugina (UKR)


Her friendship with Anna Bessonova

My best friend was Anna Bessonova. She was the number one in the team. Sometimes I could win competitions but she also accepted this situation. We could not have time for friends or boyfriends.


Anna Bessonova (UKR)

Source: Instagram

Ekaterina Galkina’s Online Masterclass


Olympian and International Master of Sports in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Ekaterina Galkina from Belarus will impart an Online Masterclass. “MyRhythmic” and Club Gimnasia Rítmica Castrillón (Asturias, Spain) hold this exclusive event.

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Ekaterina Galkina is the 2018 European bronze medalist. This probably was the best, most consistent competition of her life. Hitting one routine after the other she came close to the silver medal but had to settle for bronze medal in the all-around.

She won gold in hoop at the 2012 Pesaro Junior World Cup. At European Junior Championships in 2012, she and Team Belarus won the Team silver medal, she won silver in ribbon and ball final. Halkina then won the all around gold medal in the junior division at the 2012 Aeon Cup in Japan.


She also finished 6th in the all-around final at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  In September 2019 at the World Championships Baku, Halkina, along with Alina Harnasko and Anastasiya Salos won team Bronze.

At age 14 she had heart surgery after it became clear she would pursue a career as an athlete. “My operation was done so that I could continue competing in high level sports. Nothing terrible had happened. I had a condition that closes the valve of the heart. If the problem was left as it was, I would not be able to withstand heavy loads. I missed a year in recovery, then got back in shape.” (Source: FIG)

“My motto is: first of all I compete with myself and if I give 100% then it does not make sense to me to be worried about competing with other people.”






Save Deriugina School




Anna Rizatdinova (UKR), World Champion in Hoop, Bronze Olympic Medallist in 2012 and Ireesha Blohina, her coach

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.

Anna Bessonova

Anna Bessonova (UKR) – World Champion, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medallist

“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)


Notable Alumni


Ekaterina Serebrianskaya – Olympic Champion


Natalia Godunko- Olympian, World Champion in Groups


Anna Rizatdinova- Bronze Olympic Medallist


Tamara Yerofeeva- World Champion and Olympian


Khrystyna Pohranychna – Silver Olympic Youth Champion


Olena Dmytrash- Group Olympian, European Games and Universiade Medallist


Viktoriia Onopriienko- 5th , All-Around Junior European Championships


Oksana Skaldina (Olympic Bronze Medallist) and Aleksandra Tymoshenko (Olympic Champion)



Olena Dyachenko – 2 time Grand Prix Final medalist


Vlada Nikolchenko – World Championships Bronze Medallist in Clubs


Yevgeniya Gomon – World, European and Universiade Group Medallist


Yeva Meleshchuk – Champion in Clubs at Summer Universiade 2019



Alina Maksymenko- 2013 World Championship 3rd in final clubs, Olympian



Anastasiia Mulmina- 3 time Universiade Medallist

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Viktoriya Mazur- 3 time World Team Competition bronze medalist.


Anna Bessonova – 2007 All around World Champion, two-time All around Olympic bronze medalist (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing)

Impact of the COVID-19 on the upcoming Rhythmic Gymnastics Events


Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)


Rhythmic Gymnastics – Marbella Grand Prix (14-15 March) is postponed. A new date will be announced later.


Rhythmic Gymnastics –  Kiev Grand Prix (21-22 March) is postponed. A new date will be announced later.


Rhythmic Gymnastics – Thiais Grand Prix (28-29 March) is cancelled. No Grand Prix Thiais until 2021

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Pesaro World Cup (3-5 April) was postponed to 5-7 June 2020. By now, these days are pending under FIG decision. 

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Sofia World Cup (10-12 April) is postponed. A new date will be announced later.

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Tashkent World Cup (17-19 April 2020) is postponed. New dates will be communicated later.

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Baku World Cup (24-26 April 2020) is postponed. New dates will be announced.

New Directives for each event will be published soon.


Natalia Garcia (ESP)

Grand Prix Marbella and Grand Prix Thiais are officially cancelled

Grand Prix Marbella (Spain)- Postponed Official Communication by Organizers:

Dear Friends:

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.


Arina Averina (RUS) at Grand Prix Marbella 2019



Grand Prix Thiais (France)- Cancelled- Official Press Communication by Organizers:

Dear friends,

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.


Dina Averina (RUS) at Grand Prix Thiais 2019

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.


Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS) at Grand Prix Thiais 2019

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 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.


Vlada Nikolchenko and Ireesha Blohina (UKR)


Russia could not participate in any competition until April due to Coronavirus


Arina Averina (RUS), last weekend at Miss Valentine Tartu Grand Prix 

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.


Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)