Nicole Zelikman: I almost never worry when I perform in Baku

Nicole Zelikman: I almost never worry when I perform in Baku

Conditions in Azerbaijan are so good that there is almost nothing to worry about at international competitions, Israeli gymnast Nicole Zelikman said today in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.

"In general, worrying can be a good thing - it makes collect your thoughts and make fewer mistakes. At the same time, conditions in Baku are so comfortable that there is no reason to worry," she said.

Nicole Zelikman also said that Baku brings luck to the Israeli team. "Baku is the city of our sports luck. We feel good here, and we're very happy to perform here," she 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.