The world’s best acrobatic gymnasts are gearing up for the 2021 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for 18-21 June in Geneva, Switzerland.
Originally scheduled for late May 2020, the event is the first global competition in the sport since 2018 when the Russian Gymnastics Federation won five of the available six titles. They also achieved that feat at the 2016 World Championships.
Russian domination has been the story of the event, historically, with Russia and the Soviet Union having claimed 166 medals at the event.
The 2021 edition, according to the International Gymnastics Federation, will feature 24 nations competing in five categories (women’s pair, women’s group, men’s pair, men’s group and mixed pair). Though not part of the Olympic programme, acrobatic gymnastics was part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
Athletes preparing to compete in Geneva will only have one major chance: FIG World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria, 23-25 April. The competition is the first acrobatics World Cup to be held since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and features 2018 World champion Daria Chebulanka (Russia) and silver medallist Lise de Meyst (Belgium). Both Chebulank and de Meyst compete in women’s groups.
"Considering the circumstances, we’re just happy to be on the floor again," said de Meyst, according to Inside the Games. "I’m eager to feel the thrill of competing and show everyone that we’ve been working for the past several months."