Hyderabad to host International rhythmic gymnastics championship

The tournament will feature 65 gymnasts from seven countries across four age groups.


Hyderabad will host the first-ever International rhythmic gymnastics championship at Gachibowli stadium here on February 16 and 17, according to Mr.G.R. Reddy, MD, Husys Consulting Limited and Chief Patron of Gundlapally Krida Foundation.

“The idea is to conduct an international level competition recognized by FIG (Federation of International Gymnastics). And, we would like this event recognized soon. It will be an annual event and we would like to make it big by each passing year,” he informed media here on Friday.

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“The inaugural edition will feature many stars from the last Commonwealth Games and the highlight would be the coaching clinic we are planning with Spela Dragas of Italy, who is also the Program Director and Coach and International Judge of Rhythmic Gymnastics,” Mr. Reddy said.

Lala Yusifova, former European champion and World Cup silver medallist and now coach from Azerbaijan.   -  V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM


“In all about 65 gymnasts from seven countries including Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Malaysia will take part in the meet to be held in four different age groups - sub-juniors (under-10 and 12 separately), juniors and seniors,” he said. “India’s only rhythmic gymnast, 20-year-old G. Meghana will be taking part,” he added. ed with the event

Lala Yusifova, former European champion and World Cup silver medallist, felt India’s international performance in the sport off late has been commendable and improved significantly. “India is emerging power house for the sport. Thousands of girls are training across India,” said the 22-year old, who is now the coach of Azerbaijan, after a leg injury seven years ago forced her to stay away from competing.