Original title: European Gymnastics Championships to be held next month, no chance for Tokyo Olympics
Beijing time on October 1, according to foreign media reports, this year's European Gymnastics Championships will not provide athletes with the opportunity to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
At this year's planning project meeting, the European Gymnastics Executive Committee made a decision that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic qualification option was excluded.
After the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed in March, they will now be held from July 23 to August 8 next year.
The executive committee said in a statement: “The current conditions are deemed inappropriate for such an important decision. We don’t want to put pressure on our federation to participate in an event that they might not have wanted to come. Event (only because it is an Olympic qualifying event)."
The European Gymnastics Executive Committee also confirmed that the European Gymnastics Championships will be held in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, from November 26 to 29. The competition was originally scheduled to be held in May, but it was postponed due to the global health crisis.
However, the Russian national team will not participate in this event, and coach Irina Wiener Usmanova even doubts whether this event will be held.
According to the Russian state news agency TASS, she said: "We will not participate in this event under any circumstances, regardless of whether it is a qualifying match. At this time, we will not take children’s health risks, we do not need to Several airports transfer. In any case, these games will be cancelled in the future."
Wiener Usmanova has been criticizing the organization of the event. The European Gymnastics Association is currently considering postponing the conference including the presidential election for one year.
The meeting is currently scheduled to be held in Albufeira from December 4th to 6th, but after the International Gymnastics Federation postponed its meeting until 2021 due to the epidemic, the Executive Committee decided to consider moving the meeting forward. The decision on the 2020 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships will be made next week, and the Azerbaijani capital Baku will be held in December.