Tokyo, Oct 13 (IANS) The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced Tokyo will host an international gymnastics tournament on November 8.
“As part of the return to international competition, the FIG will hold a unique Artistic Gymnastics event to bring together some of the world’s best athletes in Tokyo on 8 November,” stated FIG in a media release.
The competition, hosted by the Japanese Gymnastics Association (JGA), will see two teams compete – Team Friendship and Team Solidarity and will feature 32 athletes from Japan, China, Russia and the US.
“This is a competition of hope. Friendship and solidarity will lead us towards better days,” said FIG President Morinari Watanabe.
“Gymnastics will once again light up the Olympic Games in Japan next year. After a challenging period, we are delighted to bring Gymnastics back to the Japanese public by welcoming many of our stars to Tokyo and giving them the chance for an innovative competition on a global stage,” he added.
A maximum of 2,000 fans would be allowed to attend the one-day event at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, the venue for the handball tournament at the Games, which were postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tokyo is scheduled to host the postponed Olympic Games next year from July 23.