A record 92 nations have registered to participate in the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart (GER), which is preparing to play host to the competition for the third time after memorable events in 1989 and 2007.
The provisional entries for the 2019 World Championships, scheduled for 4-13 October at the 7,500-seat Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, has hit a new high, surpassing the previous record of 86 federations at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow (GBR). The number of entries for 2019 is eight more than took part in Stuttgart 2007 and nearly double the 48 that participated in Stuttgart 1989.
In addition to awarding eight sets of medals in the Men’s competition and six sets in the Women’s competition, the 2019 World Championships will serve as a qualifying event to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (JPN). Click here for more on the 2020 Olympic qualification process and refer to the applicable rules.
All federations may enter individuals, but only the top 24 teams from the 2018 World Championships in Doha (QAT) in both the men’s and women’s competitions may enter full teams, with the addition of a men’s team from either Australia or New Zealand to ensure full continental representation. The age limit is 18 years (born 2001) or older for men and 16 years (born 2003) or older for women.
The full roster of gymnasts scheduled to compete at the competition will be released following the nominative registration deadline of 4 September.
Olympic champions Fabian Hamuechen (GER) and Catalina Ponor (ROU), who both competed in Stuttgart 2007, will return this fall as the Gymnastics Ambassadors for the World Championships. Hambuechen retired from competition after achieving his ultimate goal of winning gold on Horizontal Bar at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), while Ponor bid competition adieu in 2017 after three Olympic appearances, with five Olympic and five World Championship medals to her name.
This year’s event also marks the fifth time overall that Germany has played host to the competition, including the World Championships in Dortmund in 1966 and 1994.