Tokyo World Championships could break a record for participation
posted on 06/16/2011

According to the FIG, in 113 days, on October 7, the 43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will be open in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. So far, 80 federations have registered for the event with two weeks to go before the close of definitive registrations. Some federations are still pending and this could bring the number of the participating federations close to the record of Stuttgart (GER) in 2007 with 84 countries.

The best 24 men's and women's teams qualified last year in Rotterdam are among the participants.

The World Championships draw will take place on July 6, 2011, in Tokyo, at the Prince Park Tower, the FIG official hotel of these championships. Both Technical Presidents, Adrian Stoica (ROU) for the Men's Committee and Nellie Kim (BLR) for the women will attend.

The competition will be the first qualification event for the London 2012 Games. The top eight teams in Tokyo, as well as all gold, silver and bronze medallists of the individual apparatus competitions will get their tickets for London. A second qualification session will be held in the North Greenwich Arena of London, the Olympic venue for gymnastics, on January 10-13, 2012.

In total, the FIG will qualify 98 men and 98 women gymnasts for the Olympic artistic competitions.