The European Championships in Artistic Gymnastics for Senior and Junior Men and Women will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham from 21st April until 2nd May 2010.
The interest about this event is progressively increasing because it will be the first opportunity to see Senior Team competitions after Beijing 2008.
These Championships will provide a good indication about the latest developments with regard to teams, individuals and trends in the sport.
The first figures released by the UEG after the deadline for Men’s and Women's Definitive Entries has expired are as follows:
There will be 40 countries represented in Birmingham with 316 male gymnasts taking part (161 Seniors and 155 Juniors) and 283 female gymnasts (147 Seniors and 136 Juniors); overall number of the participating gymnasts will be 599.
Compared to previous years, the Junior Championships will this time be twice as intriguing because it will serve as the Qualification for the First Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, August 2010. Juniors born in 1993 and 1994 will be eligible, except those who have already participated in senior competitions.
The British Junior Men will enter the event as defending Champions from Lausanne 2008. Two years ago they took the world of gymnastics by surprise and won the Team Gold medal in front of power-houses like Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Spain, Greece and France, with 28 teams competing overall.
Daniel Keatings hinted what was to come by sweeping the All-round, P. Bars and Pommel Horse titles, with debutant Daniel Purvis winning the Silver all-around medal.
The last European Championships in Milan, Italy, 2009 was another record-breaking point for British Gymnastics with Beth Tweddle winning the titles on A. Bars and Floor; Daniel Keatings winning the first all-around medal in Senior Europeans for Great Britain- Silver, plus his Bronze on Pommels, where Louis Smith took the Silver medal.
Men's Competition: 21-28 April 2010. The deadline for the Men’s Nominative Entry is 31 March
Women's Competition: 28 April-2 May 2010. Deadline for the Women's Nominative Entry is 7 April.
The event which will provide Birmingham with another opportunity to underline its credentials as a World Class sporting city will be jointly organised by Birmingham City Council and British Gymnastics and will be supported by some key funding partners including UK Sport, Marketing Birmingham and Advantage West Midlands.
The accreditation portal for the 2010 European Gymnastics Championships is now open to Media representatives.
To register for the events mentioned below journalists and photographers are kindly requested to visit the FIG/UEG media website at <http://www.fedintgym.com/mediamanager/>
European Championships for Men- 25-28 April 2010
European Championships for Women- 28 April-2 May 2010
Accreditations will be provided to professional journalists, holders of a recognised press card and to the designated representatives of federations.
The FIG accreditation desk will open on February 1, 2010.
For more information please, contact Vera Atkinson: Tel: 01 952 822 338 email: Vera.A@british-gymnastics.org