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. 

Get your tickets for the 2019 World Championships.

At the Gymnastics World Championships Stuttgart 2019 from 4 to 13 October, the world’s best gymnasts will fight for the qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 on a total of ten event days in addition to the World Championships titles. A sporting highlight that attracts numerous spectators to the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle and ensures nationwide media coverage.

We are very pleased that the World Championships are bringing such great media interest for gymnastics in our country and are also giving us more broadcasting time on public television. We would like to use this special opportunity to sustainably present the fascination of gymnastics through the associated public perception.

Dr. Alfons Hölzl (President of the German Gymnastics Federation)

Due to the TV broadcasting times of ARD and ZDF, the event time was adjusted on the following competition days*:

  • Tuesday, October 8th: Final Team Women, 1.00 p.m (instead of 3.00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 9 October: Final Team Men, 12.00 p.m. (instead of 3.00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, October 10th: Final All-Around Women, 2.30 p.m (instead of 3.00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 11th: Final All-Around Men, 2.30 p.m (instead of 3.00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 12 October: Final Apparatus I, 2.30 p.m. (instead of 11 a.m.)
  • Sunday, 13 October: Final Apparatus II, 11.30 a.m. (instead of 11 a.m)

*The indicated times refer to the opening of the hall, the start of the competition is usually 1.5 hours after the opening of the hall. All times given are subject to modification due to external factors.

Ticketing updates

According to the current status, there are no more tickets available for four of the ten days of the event. Unfortunately we have to expect that due to the long waiting lists for the two apparatus finals (12. & 13. October) as well as the team & all-around finals of the women (8. & 10. October) no additional contingents can be activated. But we will only make a final statement after we have considered all options for a ticket increase. We are working flat out to complete the process as soon as possible and will continue to keep you up to date on our channels. Our tip: secure tickets for the events that are still available.

Overview of the events which are still available:*

  • Friday, October 4: Qualification Women Session I (1000 Tickets)
  • Friday, October 4th: Qualification Women Session II (only some remaining tickets)
  • Sunday, October 6th: Qualification Men Session I (600 Tickets)
  • Monday, October 7th: Qualification Men Session I (2000 Tickets)
  • Monday, October 7th: Qualification Men Session II (2000 Tickets)
  • Wednesday, October 9th: Final Team Men (1000 Tickets)
  • Friday, October 11th: Final all-around men (only some remaining tickets)

*Number of tickets still available: 15 April 2019

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