Denmark withdraws as host of 2021 Artistic worlds due to COVID-19

Copenhagen was set to stage the 50th edition of the Artistic worlds from October 18-24, 2021, two months after the re-scheduled Tokyo Olympics.

Simone Biles

USA's Simone Biles performs during the women's qualification round at the 2019 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.   -  FILE PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES

Denmark has withdrawn as the host of next year's Artistic Gymnastics World Championships due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Danish Gymnastics Federation (DIF) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Copenhagen was set to stage the 50th edition of the competition from October 18-24, 2021, two months after the re-scheduled Tokyo Olympics.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said in a separate statement that it was disappointed with the Danish federation's decision and would consider launching a bidding process to identify a new host country.

READ | AICF chief selector R.B. Ramesh resigns ahead of Online Olympiad

“The Danish Gymnastics Federation has informed the FIG of its withdrawal from hosting the 50th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships,” the world governing body said.

“The FIG Executive Committee (EC) has taken note of this decision and has expressed its regret and disappointment. The EC will shortly consider all consequences resulting from this situation, including the launch of a new bidding procedure.”

The Artistic World Championships are held annually in non-Olympic years but, with the Tokyo Games pushed back a year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the two events will take place in the same year.

Denmark had previously hosted the Artistic World Championships in 2006.

Support Sportstar


Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.