Shannon Gardner: AGF is one of the best gymnastics federations in the world
The Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation is one of the best gymnastics federations in the world, South African gymnast Shannon Gardner said today in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaz after performing at the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship in Baku.
“I think that this is one of the best gymnastics federations in the world. If you look at this arena, at the training hall and at other facilities, they are simply amazing. I would love if we had such luxurious conditions in South Africa: the number of carpets and training facilities, physiotherapists and doctors, and so on. At home, I have to go to the university, then to the arena, then go through physiotherapy, everything is so far away. Everything here is in one place! We even live here. It’s amazing,” she said.
"I believe that the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation is a great example of how to do the best work. They organized very beautiful competitions. The arena and carpet are not only beautiful, but also made of the highest quality materials. When I stepped on it for the first time, I thought: "Oh my god! It's so amazing! "And immediately began to take photos. The arena is absolutely luxurious. These are definitely the best competitions I've ever been to," Shannon Gardner said.
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.