Autumn 2003 (11.3)
Baku Rhythmic Gymnastics
Hosts 2003 World Cup
Sports and Exhibition Center provided the arena for 50 international
athletes to compete in the World Cup this past August.
On August 9-10, Baku hosted the 2003
World Cup for Rhythmic Gymnastics. This was the second of three
stages to determine the World Champion, the first stage having
been held in France earlier this year.
It was the first time the World Cup for Rhythmic Gymnastics had
ever been hosted by Azerbaijan. The venue took place at the Sports
and Exhibition Center which seats 7,000 spectators. Lider TV
provided live coverage of the event. More than 50 sportswomen
from 19 countries participated.
Although Azerbaijan athletes have participated in these World
Cup competitions in the past, this was the first time they have
won any medals. Dinara Gimatova (pronounced gee-MAH-to-va) received
one Silver and two Bronze medals. She will go on to represent
Azerbaijan in the final championship later this year. Alina Kabayeva,
a Russian, won First Place. Rhythmic Gymnastics, an Olympic sport,
has become quite popular in Europe and the United States. The
competitions include four categories, depending on the equipment
used in the athlete's routine - ribbon, club, hoop or ball.
Above: (Left) Azerbaijani
Dinara Gimatova competes in the World Cup Rhythmic Gymnastics
that were held in Baku in August. She took Third Place. Right:
World Cup Rhythmic Gymnastics (2nd stage for 2003): 1st place:
Alina Kabayeva, Russia; 2nd place: Irina Chashina, Russia; 3rd
place (far right) Dinara Gimatova, Azerbaijan.
This event was organized together with the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Tourism, National Olympic Committee and the Gymnastics
Federation of Azerbaijan. Plans are being made for the 2005 World
Cup Finals for Rhythmic Gymnastics to be hosted in Azerbaijan.
interviewed Ragif Abbasov, Press Secretary of the Minister of
Youth, Sports and Tourism for this article.
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