Only six Senior Groups will participate in Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships

Due to the worldwide health crisis, many federations withdrawn from European Championships that are going to be held in Kiev, Ukraine in a few days. A group that was among the favorites was Belarus. Today, Belarusian Senior Group withdrawn from the list.

On the other hand, Bulgarian Senior group recently confirmed that they withdrawn from European Championships in Kiev from November 26 to 29 since a member of the team, Erika Zafirova, tested positive for coronavirus. Local news reported that the team will be on quarantine for ten days and they will not be able to train either compete.

Ukrainian Senior Group

This competition will not qualify for Olympic Games, as it was planned before the health crisis.

Due to the current Covid19 crisis all over Europe, FIG will be asked to inform the IOC that Olympic Qualification is not possible at European Championships this year. These organizations don’t want to pressure Federations to travel to an event since the current situation is not appropiate for such an important decision.

Several countries declined their participation in European Championships in Kiev

Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

A total of 27 federations were registered in entries at the end of October in this year’s European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics which will be held in Kiev (UKR) from 26 to 29 November.

Due to the health crisis situation all around the World, the Olympic qualification process was moved to next year’s event but these gymnasts are still offered the opportunity to compete.

The host nation, Ukraine, will be represented by Viktoriia Onopriienko and Vlada Nikolchenko.

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

The following countries in red colour in the list of nominative entries, are not going to compete at European Championships.

The last country that joined the list of non-participation was Italy.

Milena Baldasarri and Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (ITA)

Green light to European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships 2020

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

The European Gymnastics Executive Committee met online today in order to discuss the 2020 events that are still planned. The most important decision was about the 2020 European Championships, allocated to Kiev, Ukraine. The UEG gave green light to the the event, but this competition will not qualify for Olympic Games, as it was planned before the health crisis.

Due to the current Covid19 crisis all over Europe, FIG will be asked to inform the IOC that Olympic Qualification is not possible at European Championships this year. These organizations don’t want to pressure Federations to travel to an event since the current situation is not appropiate for such an important decision.

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.

Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

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

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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).

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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

 

European Championships Guadalajara 2018 : Senior Individual Participants

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Picture cortesy of UEG

Just a few days after World Cup Guadalajara, F.I.G. uploaded the entry list of the gymnasts that are going to compete in  the 2018 European Championships.

Guadalajara will hold the 34th UEG European Championships of Rhythmic Gymnastics  from 1st to 3rd of June. This city wants to be a worldwide reference in rhythmic gymnastics with a huge fan base a and great project. It also aims to become the European Capital of Sport.

Choices

Only just two individual senior gymnasts were allowed to represent each of the top qualified countries. In some cases, it was not clear which gymnasts would compete in European Championships.

Ukraine’s just revealed their two participants, Yeva Meleshchuk and Vlada Nikolchenko. These are the second European Championships for Meleshchuk. A young 15-year-old Vlada Nikolchenko claims to be the top gymnast from Ukraine, winning several medals since the beggining of the season. The former promise of Ukrainian team, Olena Dyachenko, is not going to compete in the European Championships since she did not get good results in the last competitions.

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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

Likewise, Bulgarian choice was not an easy one. National Champion, Neviana Vladinova got injured and missed the chance to participate in a few competitions to prepare for the European Championships. Katrin Taseva and Boryana Kaleyn were representing Bulgaria the whole season, but Neviana is back as a head gymnast of team BUL. Vladinova and Taseva are the ones chosen by their National Federation.

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Katrin Taseva (BUL)

Belarus is going to be represented by Katsiaryna Halkina and Anastasiya Salos, who is the new rising star from BLR. European Championships medalist, Alina Harnasko can’t compete since she is recovering from a knee surgery. Harnasko underwent surgery a few months ago in Germany.

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Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

The toughest decision was made by Russia. World Cup Guadalajara was the place for Arina Averina and Aleksandra Soldatova, since it was clear that Dina Averina was already chosen to compete in European Championships. In the end, head coach of Russian Federation, Irina Viner-Usmanova decided to give the opportunity to Arina Averina. As such, the Averina twins (Dina and Arina) will compete in the European Championships.

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Arina Averina (RUS)

 

Who’s going to miss this competition? 

Aleksandra Soldatova, who was fighting for a place in the European Championships representing Russia.

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Alina Harnasko, from Belarus, who is in the proccess of recovery from two different knee surgeries.

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Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Ukraine’s young rhythmic gymnastics star, Olena Dyachenko, who was not chosen by Irina Deryugina to represent with Vlada Nikolchenko, UKR in European Championships.

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Olena Dyachenko (UKR)

Natalia García, from Spain, who is still recovering from a double hip surgery which requires a gently course of physical therapy. The gymnast who is going to represent the host country is Polina Berezina

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Natalia García (ESP)