Lausanne, Sept 9, 2015: The 31st Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, to be held November 26-29 in Odense (DEN), will welcome a record number of participants. More than 300 athletes representing 41 different countries will compete in the Danish city with the goal of capturing one of the 14 World titles up for grabs in different categories (Trampoline, Synchronised Trampoline, Double-mini Trampoline and Tumbling.)
With 11 weeks to go before the World Championships begin, the competition draw, which determines the order gymnasts will compete in the qualification round, was held Wednesday at the FIG Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) in the presence of the Odense Organising Committee. The draw is important for delegations, as it helps them refine their competition strategies. (Click here to see the results of the draw.)
For Trampoline gymnasts, Odense also represents a major step on the road to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with the first Olympic places in Trampoline to be attributed at the end of the competition. The record number of inscriptions — 132 in the Individual Men’s competition and 87 in the Individual Women’s competition — represents a participation increase of 30 percent from the previous Trampoline World Championships in Daytona Beach (USA) in 2014. The numbers indicate a growing attraction for the discipline, which made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
These World Championships are also an important event for gymnasts whose disciplines are not part of the Olympic program: The World Championships are also the sole qualifying competition for the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw (POL).
As host country, Denmark presents itself as a stronghold of Trampoline Gymnastics events. “After the 2001 World Championships, the 2008 European Championships and World Cups in 2011 and 2013, Odense will be welcoming the elite of the Trampoline world for the fifth time,” said Flemming Knudsen, President of the Danish Gymnastics Federation and Worlds 2015 Organising Committee. —- FIG