Russia withdraws from World Cups – FIG must respond

Nikita Nagornyy and Lilia Akhaimova who were supposed to represent Russia at the American Cup on March, 7 have announced on their Instagram accounts that Russia will withdraw from the competition due to coronavirus fears. …

Earlier, Angelina Melnikova was not allowed by the national team to participate in a Serie A competition in Italy. …

Valentina Rodionenko officially confirmed that Russian gymnasts also withdrew from the Tokyo World Cup. …


Chinese gymnasts were not allowed into Australia to compete the Melbourne World Cup. Iranian gymnasts did get in.

Certainly the World Cup Olympic qualification system is blown out of the water. FIG must revisit the qualification system and make a decision on alternatives.


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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