ProTV is honoured to be the official media support and broadcasting service provider for the upcoming 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire dome on 25th October to 3rd November 2018, in Doha.
According to the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Doha 2018 website, the event will be held two years after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The event marks the halfway point in the Olympic quadrennium. Up for grabs will be 42 medals — six full sets for women and eight for men. Each federation is eligible to participate either with a team of four to five gymnasts or with a maximum of three individual gymnasts. The team qualification follows the 5-4-3 format (teams of up to five gymnasts may compete three or four gymnasts on each event, with the three best scores counting on each event) and the team final will be 5-3-3, with all three scores counting toward the team total.
The provisional registration showed 84 national federations registered 664 spots, which represent 312 women and 352 men. The nominiative registration will be open between 26 July and 27 September for federations to enter the names of specific gymnasts. The competition is open to all senior gymnasts (born 2002 or earlier for women, 2000 or earlier for men) with valid FIG licenses.
The next few months will see gymnasts battle it out for berths to the World Championships by proving themselves at major national and international competitions scheduled throughout the summer. Two-time Olympic All-around champion Kohei Uchimura (JPN) has already punched his ticket to Worlds by winning his 10th consecutive NHK Cup title in May, as has NHK runner-up Kenzo Shirai, the reigning World Champion on Floor Exercise and Vault. After taking a year off, 2016 Olympic champion Simone Biles (USA) has been back in the gym all year and hopes to win an unprecedented fourth World All-around title in Doha.
Gymnastics legends Svetlana Boguinskaia (BLR), the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Ambassador, and Mitsuo Tsukahara (JPN), the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Ambassador, will be on-hand to promote the competition in Doha, where they will present the gold medals during the All-around medal ceremonies.
The competition which takes place 25 October to 3 November and begins with two full days each of men’s and women’s qualification. The team finals are scheduled for 29th – 30th October, followed by the All-around finals (31 October and 1 November) and two days of apparatus finals.