The Gymnastics World Cup will return in 2021, taking place at Utilita Arena, Birmingham on Saturday 27th March.
The powerhouse nations of gymnastics will be represented, with gymnasts competing for medals as well as aiming to qualify additional places for their country at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.
Morinari Watanabe, FIG President, said: “We are thrilled for the Tokyo Olympic qualification process to move forward. Gymnasts have been patiently waiting almost a year for this, and we are confident to be able to continue in a manner safe for all involved.”
“The successful Friendship and Solidarity competition held in Tokyo this month showed that it is possible to organise elite sporting events in a manner that is safe for everyone involved. We look forward to continuing this as we move toward the Olympic Games.”
The event is the third of four events that will take place in 2021, making up the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) World Cup Series. At the end of the series, the nations in the top three positions will qualify an additional place at the Games for their country.
The event is being supported by UK Sport, the National Lottery, and Birmingham City Council.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham loves sport and we have a proud history of staging major international sporting events, so it’s fantastic to welcome the Gymnastics World Cup back to our city.
“It’s great to see world class competitions are still able to take place at this time, especially with a new generation of British gymnasts coming to the fore, going for gold, setting records and inspiring young people across the country.
“I hope all competitors have a great tournament and that we see athletes from eligible nations return to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.”
At the present time, with ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the event is expected to take place behind closed doors with no spectators.
For the first time a formal Event Board has been established for the Gymnastics World Cup, with Joanne Deponio announced as the independent Chair. Joanne and the Board will oversee the event, helping to navigate through the additional complexities that Coronavirus brings.
Speaking about the event, Joanne said: “We are excited by the return of international gymnastics competition to the UK and to once again stage a world class competition where gymnasts can complete for Olympic qualification for their country. We wish all the gymnasts well and look forward to welcoming them to Birmingham in March.”
The top 12 nations in men’s and women’s artistic from the 2019 World Championships are invited to take part, with the British team, as the host nation, able to enter an additional gymnast in each competition.
In the first sessions, 13 of the best men’s artistic gymnasts will compete for all-around glory, before the evening session sees 13 of the best women’s artistic gymnasts take to the competition floor, targeting the medals.
James Thomas, British Gymnastics Performance Director, said: “Confirmation of the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham for 2021 is a really positive step forward and a significant milestone in the revised schedule for Tokyo 2020. Our elite gymnasts thrive in competition and I know how much everyone has been looking forward to being back on the floor competing against the world’s best.
“2020 has been a challenge for every gymnast but they’ve demonstrated great patience and resilience, and remained positive throughout. We now head into 2021 with a number of international competitions and opportunities to qualify additional Olympic places, a World Cup on home soil is a very exciting prospect.”
More information, including the gymnasts set to compete, will be released in the new year.