Gymnastics Australia is delighted that World Cup Gymnastics is coming to Australia throughout the 2017-2020 Olympic Cycle.
In 2019, the Australian leg of the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) Individual Apparatus World Cup Series will once again be held in the heart of Melbourne’s world-famous sporting precinct, at the state-of-the-art Melbourne Arena, from February 21 to 24. Athletes from across the world will compete across two days of Qualifications, with the top eight athletes on each apparatus advancing to the Finals, to be held on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.
As a part of the FIG’s new World Cup format for the 2017-2020 Olympic Cycle, Australia won the right to host a stop on the Individual Apparatus World Cup circuit, staging the first event in Melbourne in February 2017. Melbourne will continue to host this event for the next three years for both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
Gymnastics Australia was successful in bidding for one of four stops on the Individual Apparatus World Cup circuit, along with Cottbus (GER), Baku (AZE), and Doha (QAT). Each city is set to host two Individual Apparatus World Cup events between November 2016 and March 2018. Gymnasts will be attributed points based on their rankings on each apparatus at the different World Cup stops. The points from each gymnast’s best three finishes will be totalled to determine the World Cup series winner on that apparatus. World Cup series winners on each apparatus will be announced after the final stop in Doha, Qatar March 2018. Prize money of 5,000 Swiss francs will be awarded to each winner at the end of the series.
The Individual Apparatus World Cup competitions held in 2019 and 2020 will serve as qualifying events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and hence will be sure to draw even more world-class athletes to compete on Australian shores in the years to come!
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