Draw: Cheer on your country
Wednesday, 13 September marked an important moment for the athletes of the 2017 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montréal. The draw that determines the starting order for the competition was held by the International Gymnastics Federation.
This draw, the results of which can be found here, was held at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne in the presence of Donatella Sacchi, President of the FIG Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee, and Jani Tanskanen, the Athlete Representative for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics.
“This draw is the first step on the road to Montreal, launching the countdown,” said Donatella Sacchi. “All participating nations eagerly await the results. Coaches will thereby be able to plan training sessions accordingly, especially for those who are coming from far away, so they can adapt to the time difference and everyone will arrive well prepared.”
“We are starting a new Olympic cycle and the champions crowned here will probably be seen again at the Tokyo 2020 Games. This draw is the informal beginning of the Worlds and lifts the enthusiasm among the Gymnastics fans who are impatiently anticipating the kickoff,” commented Arturs Mickevics, President of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee.
The draw also allows the spectators to choose the qualifications sessions they wish to attend. Among the most anticipated men’s gymnasts, the Japanese will compete in Subdivision 3 on October 2, as will the Canadians. The British will take part in the competition in Subdivision 2, and the Dutch in Subdivision 4.
In the women’s competition, the Americans will be competing in Subdivision 5 on October 4, as well as the impressive Chinese women. Our Canadian women will compete the day before, in Subdivision 2, at the same time as the Russians.
Who will you be cheering on?