The All-Around World Cup Series is cancelledFeb/10/2021 ( https://www.gymnastics.sport/site/news/displaynews.php?idNews=3061 )
It is with regret that the FIG announces the cancellation of the All-Around World Cup Series in Artistic Gymnastics, which was part of the Olympic qualification system for Tokyo 2020.The series was made up of four events – in Milwaukee (USA), Stuttgart (GER), Birmingham (GBR) and Tokyo (JPN) – originally intended to take place between March and April 2020.
While the first event took place last year in Milwaukee, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the three other events until 2021.
Despite the organisers’ best efforts, the reinforcement of entry bans in Europe in recent weeks has drastically reduced the ability of foreign athletes to take part in events in the continent, leading first to the cancellation of the World Cup in Germany last week, then of the World Cup in Birmingham this week.
The World Cup in Tokyo on 4 May, which serves as a test event for the Games in Artistic Gymnastics, remains unaffected for the moment.
The Olympic qualification system rules state that a minimum of three competitions must be held to validate the results of the series as a qualifier for Tokyo 2020. Consequently, the three Olympic places associated with this series both in Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics are to be reallocated.
Reallocation of the unused quota placesAccording to the rules, the unused places go to the highest-ranked countries in the team ranking results of the qualifications at the 2019 World Championships.
The following countries, therefore, obtain an additional non-nominative berth for Tokyo 2020:
- Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: Russia, China and Japan.
- Women’s Artistic Gymnastics: USA, China and Russia.
Remaining placesTo date, 82 places out of 98 in Men’s Artistic and 84 out of 98 in Women’s Artistic have already been allocated.
The remaining places at stake will be allocated through the Apparatus World Cup Series (the final stage of which is scheduled for 10–13 March in Doha, (QAT)) and the continental championships.