Azerbaijani athletes hope to make the audience happy with their good performance at the World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling, to be held in Baku on February 18-19, said Ruslan Aghamirov, a member of the Azerbaijani trampoline gymnastics team.
“There is a very serious start ahead – the World Cup competitions,” he told Trend Feb. 13. “Currently, a very active preparation is underway.”
Aghamirov said responsibility is higher when performing at home, but the team will do everything possible to make the audience happy.
He also said the whole Azerbaijani team is expecting good results.
“We will fight for medals. Firstly, we have to pass the preliminary stage and get into the finals. Then a very serious competition will wait for us, it won’t be easy, but we will try and fight till the end,” noted Aghamirov.
The new Olympic cycle’s first World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling will take place at Baku’s National Gymnastics Arena.
Eighty-five trampoline and tumbling gymnasts from 15 countries will test their strength on the basis of the new Code of Points coming into force in 2017.
The qualifications to take place on the first day of the competitions will be followed by finals the next day.
At these events, Azerbaijan will be represented by Ilya Grishunin, Oleg Piunov, Ruslan Aghamirov, Sviatlana Makshtarova and Veronika Zemlianaia in the trampoline individual and synchro pairs programs, as well as by Mikhail Malkin on the tumbling track.
Among famous men trampoline athletes, there will be Olympic Games’ gold medalist Uladzislau Hancharou (Belarus), silver medalist Dmitry Ushakov (Russia), the medalists of the World Championships Sebastien Martiny (France), Andrey Yudin (Russia), Mikhail Melnik (Russia), while among women trampoline athletes there will be Tatsiana Piatrenia (Belarus) and Anna Kornetskaya (Russia).
At tumbling men’s events, the World Championships silver medalist Grigory Noskov (Russia) is in the list of competitors on the tumbling track, while at women’s competitions, gold winner of the European Championships Anna Korobeinikova (Russia), as well as silver medalist of the World and European Championships Lucie Colebeck (UK) and other gymnasts will demonstrate their mastery.