Most people agree on these points:
- Worlds should be shorter
- Worlds should be less expensive
- Worlds should not showcase dangerous skills from gymnasts not at the expected level of competition
- Smaller, poorer nations should have a chance to compete against China
To shorten Worlds I’d first cut the Team competition. It would be decided through the qualification round.
IOC and FIG have broad missions. Handing medals to the best of the best is one objective amongst many. Developing sport in Sri Lanka is another.
PROPOSAL – Elite Worlds
In Canada we have always had two major competitions each year:
- Nationals (regional representation, regional development, etc.)
- Elite Canada
At Elite Canada only the best of the best qualify. We might have 12 gymnasts from Ontario and only 1 from Nova Scotia, for example.
I’d love to see an FIG sponsored Elite Worlds. Cash prizes. 15 American gymnasts competing Floor, for example.