Following the recent announcement regarding the 2020 Artistic European Championships - which included confirmation the championships no longer acts as an Olympic qualification event and recognition from the UEG of not wanting to put pressure on federations to enter with the growing concerns around the second spike of the COVID-19 virus - we have now taken the difficult decision to not enter senior or junior teams into this year’s championships.
Considering the rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic within Great Britain, increasing nationwide restrictions and the rising cases within Europe, we feel that we must prioritise athlete and support staff health during this time and minimising our travel will help us reduce this risk. This decision in turn will also limit the risk to other competing nations so that we can all prepare in the safest way to compete successfully at the Olympic Games in 2021.
Commenting on the decision, British Gymnastics Performance Director James Thomas said: "It is of course always disappointing to withdraw from such a prestigious competition, one that many of our junior and senior gymnasts have looked forward too.
"However from consulting with our medical and wider support team it has become clear that the consensus in-light of the continued concerns around COVID 19 is that to best protect the health and well-being of all involved and their families, we should withdraw from the championships. We also acknowledge that amongst the gymnasts there has been a mixed appetite to compete and travel given the shared concerns around COVID.
"Our gymnasts will continue to train in their club environments and at our National Sports Centre developing their performance with ambitions towards competing across a full 2021 event campaign.”