Morinari Watanabe: AGF did a fantastic job organizing 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship in Baku
The Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) has done a fantastic job organizing the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship in Baku, Morinari Watanabe, president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.
"AGF did a fantastic job. And we expected it, because the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation always thinks about the audience and athletes. That's why Azerbaijani tournaments are always great," the FIG president said.
He also praised the opening ceremony of the World Championship. "The ceremony was fantastic, everyone enjoyed it. I'm glad that the audience in Baku understands rhythmic gymnastics. For participants, competitions that are organized by AGF are paradise," Morinari Watanabe said.
"These competitions are crucial for the Olympic Games, that's why they are very important. Everyone here is trying to show the best that they're capable of, so it's important that everyone has equal, comfortable conditions for the competitions. I think Baku has all necessary conditions," the FIG president concluded.
The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will last until Sept. 22. The first day of the competitions will see qualifications in an individual program, and gymnasts will perform in the exercises with a hoop and a ball.
The Championships are the qualification competition for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020. So, the first 16 individual gymnasts (max. two gymnasts per country) in the all-around ranking will qualify for the Games.
More than 300 gymnasts from 61 countries will compete for nine sets of medals. “Fairy Tales will come to life" is the motto of the championships.