POSTED: September 8th 2009

Gymnasts put spring into Tokyo 2016's Olympic step

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TOKYO: Tokyo’s capabilities as a venue for international sports events are being underlined, says the city’s 2016 Olympics bid leaders, by the world’s top rhythmic gymnasts.

World-class competitors from around 50 countries will be dazzling thousands of supporters with ropes, hoops, balls and ribbons at the sport’s 29th world championships Mie Prefecture’s Sun Arena until September 13.

The star-studded field features the likes of 2008 Olympic gold medallist Yevgeniya Kanayeva and 2007 world champion Anna Bessonova.

Individual and team competitions are being held at the event, which is being hosted by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) in cooperation with the Japan Gymnastic Association (JGA), the Mie Prefectural Government and the Mie Gymnastic Association (MGA).

International competition

Japan has successfully hosted top-level international sporting competitions over the last decade, including 112 events in 29 Olympic sports. Recent world championship examples have featured sports such as the table tennis, laser radial sailing and triathlon.

Outstanding infrastructure, state-of-the-art venues, efficient operations and the enthusiasm of volunteers and supporters are the qualities Tokyo is harnessing in its bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Toyko 2016 chair and ceo Ichiro Kono said: “Our nation has consistently demonstrated that it is an incredible stage for athletes and competitions of any description, and this is reflected in how we are setting the stage for heroes though Tokyo 2016.

“The most compact, sustainable and athlete-friendly Games plan in history will draw on our wealth of experience in hosting world class sporting events to ensure memorable performances from athletes, and inspire new generations to engage in sport and healthy living.”

Keywords · Tokyo 2016 · Olympic Games · Kono

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