Uzbek capital hosts Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup and “Happy Caravan” international tournament

27 May 2015

On 22-25 May Tashkent played host to the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup and the “Happy Caravan – 2015” international tournament, which were held at the National Sports School of Olympic Reserve of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Holding Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Tashkent has become a good annual tradition, and the Uzbek capital has hosted this important sporting event for the sixth time.

This year participants included about 100 gymnasts from 20 countries: Argentine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Finland, Japan, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, North Korea, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Uzbekistan.

The champion of the Asian Games, member of Uzbekistan’s national team Anastasia Serdyukova won a World Cup bronze in individual events.

Participants in the «Happy Caravan» international youth tournament included gymnasts from Kazakhstan, Estonia, Japan, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Israel.

Uzbek gymnast Sabina Tashkenbaeva won four bronze medals in all-around and individual apparatus finals. Young gymnast Nuriniso Usmanova won the tournament’s bronze medal for hoop.

Uzbekistan’s Gymnastics Federation led by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva was founded in 2005.  It includes women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG), men’s gymnastics (MAG), rhythmic gymnastics (RG), trampoline gymnastics (TRA), acrobatic gymnastics (ACRO) and gymnastics for all (GFA).

The National Sports School of Rhythmic Gymnastics was founded in 2010. Two years later the school’s new premises, fitted out with modern facilities to train world-class gymnasts, were inaugurated.

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In October 2014 the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, played host to the 80th Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation, which was attended by 232 delegates from 81 countries.