Artistic Gymnastics News! The Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 12 - April 2021

Dear friends of Artistic Gymnastics!

Exciting times ahead with the European Championships about to start in Basel (SUI), our training camps taking shape and the Olympics going ahead in just 100 days!

Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic is far from under control, but we learned a lot from the 2020 Europeans in Mersin (TUR) and other major international sports events being held worldwide. This allowed us to finetune our covid guidelines to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone involved. A great example is the change in judges’ instructions: to avoid big groups of judges in the same room for a longer period, the Men’s Technical Committee decided to make all the judges’ instruction online as self-study. Judges will of course have the possibility to ask any question to the MTC during their study. All exercises given need to be scored and send back to the MTC who will check them. The Women’s Technical Committee will send several routines to work on with solutions and explanations as part of e-learning.  The judges’ instruction will also be held online. All judges’ meetings on site will be in small groups and will be led by the SV for every apparatus.

During the pandemic the WTC kept active, organising many webinars to keep the gymnastics community in shape 😊 European Gymnastics has now announced round 3 of webinars which includes 2 more interesting topics from our side.


Read all about it below …

Next week we meet in the Swiss city of Basel! 280 gymnasts from 38 countries are registered to compete for all-around and apparatus glory. Two tickets to the Tokyo Olympics for both men and women will be distributed to the top all-arounders (not yet qualified) after the qualifications.

In the women’s competition, we look forward to seeing 2015 European all-around Champion Giulia Steingruber (SUI), 2019 European all-around Champion Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA), 2019 European Games Champion Angelina Melnikova and her teammate, the 2019 junior World all-around Champion, Viktoria Listunova (RUS), 2020 European Champions Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) and Larisa Iordache (ROU) and many more.

The men’s field will be equally experienced, with on the roster: 2018 World all-around Champion Artur Dalaloyan and 2019 European all-around Champion Nikita Nagornyy (RUS), high bar super star Epke Zonderland (NED), double Olympic Champion Max Whitlock (GBR), home crowd favourite Pablo Braegger (SUI), Lord of the Rings Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) Lithuania’s trailblazer Robert Tvorogal, Turkey’s first European gold medallists Ibrahim Colak and Ferhat Arican, Romanian legend Marian Dragulescu, and the list goes on. Junior standout Ilia Kovtun (UKR) will make his senior debut in Basel.

Due to covid-19, the event will take place without spectators unfortunately. Of course, you will not have to miss any action. The entire qualification round is livestreamed through our scoring partner SmartScoring on and the finals are available worldwide on Check our website and social medias for all info needed to follow the competition!

The dates for our annual training camp have been finalised for 2021. However, the situation with covid-19 will be monitored and a final decision is planned to be taken by the end of May.

The women kick it off, from 9 to 29 August in Kuortane (FIN), followed by the men from 20 to 30 August in Thessaloniki (GRE).

Boys from 13 to 16 years (born between 2005 and 2008) and girls 10 to 13 years (born between 2008 and 2011) will have the opportunity to learn from the best in a supportive and professional environment.

The participation is limited to 2 gymnasts and 2 coaches for each federation/camp. If a federation wants to enter additional coaches/gymnasts, they can only be accepted if places are available after the definitive registrations.

In the third round of webinars organised by European Gymnastics, we are proud to announce the following 2 topics:

YURCHENKO vault development age 11-13 (drills and physical preparation)

Sunday 2 May 2021 from 5pm to 7pm CET

By Enrico Casella (ITA)

Register via

Deadline 29 April


Acrobatic Skill Development

Sunday 4 July 2021 from 5pm to 7pm CET

By Nick Ruddock (GBR)

Register via

Deadline 1 July


Looking for to sharing our knowledge with you!


Apparatus World Cup

Doha (QAT)

21 – 25 April

European Championships

Basel (SUI)

27 – 30 May

World Challenge Cup

Varna (BUL)

3 – 6 June

World Challenge Cup

Cairo (EGY)

10 – 13 June

World Challenge Cup

Osijek (CRO)

17 – 20 June

World Challenge Cup

Mersin (TUR)

23 July – 8 August

Games of the XXXII Olympiad

Tokyo (JPN)

2 – 5 September

World Challenge Cup

Koper (SLO)

18 – 24 October

World Championships

Kitakyushu (JPN)


See you soon in Basel!

Anca Grigoras                                                                               Tom Thingvold

WTC President                                                                              MTC President

April 14, 2021

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