Doha second stop on FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Series
DOHA: Preparations are in full swing at the Aspire Dome as the Qatari capital is all set to host the 15th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup here from March 1.
Doha is the second stop on the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series, where top-ranked specialists on each apparatus garner points so as to lay claim for a place in the 2023 FIG Artistic World Championships.
Germany’s Cottbus hosted the first while the third and fourth will be held in Baku (Uzbekistan) and Cairo (Egypt).
The Doha event starts with the two-day qualifiers on Wednesday (March 1).
Filipino ace and former world champion Carlos Yulo, who failed to advance in men’s floor exercise and rings events at 2023 FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, last Thursday, will be one of the main attractions.
The 23-year-old Tokyo Olympian struggled in his pet event, the floor exercise, where he finished 20th among the 52-player field with a score of 13.400.
He registered 6.400 in degree of difficulty but managed to score 7.000 in execution.
Turkey’s 2019 World Still Rings champion Ibrahim Colak and eight-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan will be among other top stars who will look forward to pick up crucial points.
Great Britain’s young gymnast Luke Whitehouse, who finished second on the floor in Doha last year, will be hoping to make amends this time.