THE Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) came in for special praise from competitors and officials alike as it successfully hosted the FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup’s Doha leg for the 10th time.
“Every year I visit Doha, it looks new. It’s a fabulous city. The venue is just too good,” Armenia’s Artur Tovmasyan told Doha Stadium Plus.
Tovmasyan won gold in men’s ring event, ahead of Ukrainia’s Igor Radivilov and China’s Zou Jingyuan.
Doha will become the first city in the region to host the Artistic World Championships in October, 2018. The event is expected to attract more than 500 competitors.
“This is one of the best in the FIG World Cup series. This was my third visit to Doha and I find the organisation truly world-class,” said Romania’s Catalina Ponor. “I want to come back again and also hope to compete at next year’s Artistic World Championships.”
The gymnasts performed before packed crowds at the Aspire Dome, venue for the Worlds as well, during the four-day Individual Apparatus World Cup.
“It’s a big honour for Qatar to organise such an important event like the Worlds,” said Qatar Gymnastics Federation President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi. “The annual World Cup has helped us learn a lot in terms of organising a top tournament ever since we hosted it since 2008. The 11th edition will be a complete dress rehearsal before the mega event.”
Doha was the second stop of FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup series, the first of which was held in Melbourne, Australia, in February.
Cottbus (Germany) and Baku (Azerbaijan) are the other legs.
The gymnast with the highest points total in each event at the end of the series will be crowned champion.