The Men's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 5

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The Men's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 5

March 8, 2018

By Tom Thingvold (NOR), MTC President





I’m proud to present you my first Newsletter as Men’s Technical Committee President. 2018 is a busy year for gymnastics as you will see in the calendar below, with many World Cup events and the first Olympic tickets already being decided at the World Championships in autumn in Doha (QAT).

In Europe, we organise the qualification for the Youth Olympic Games in June and later in summer our flagship event, the European Championships, this August in Glasgow (GBR). Both junior and seniors will compete, for team and individual honour.

Also extremely important for the MTC is the annual UEG training camp. The MTC develops the camp continuously so the camp provides up-to-date content in an environment where the next generation of coaches and stars can learn from the very best. And from each other!

I would also like to take this opportunity to present the MTC members and their respective responsibilities:

Tom Thingvold (NOR), President

Mario Vukoja (CRO), Vice-President. Responsible for Training camp, member of the Superior Jury.

James May (GBR), Secretary. SV Horizontal Bar.

Dimitry Andreev (RUS). Responsible for Judges and SV Pommel Horse. 

Nikolaos Provias (GRE). Technical Delegate and SV Rings.

Jean-François Blanquino (FRA). Responsible for Draw and SV Parallel Bars.

Diego Lazzarich (ITA). Responsible for statistics and SV Floor Exercise.


On 23 June, 58 gymnasts from 28 countries will battle for 1 of the 17 tickets to the Youth Olympic Games. This one and only qualification moment for European gymnasts will be held in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku (AZE), venue known to us all from the 2015 European Games. Gymnasts born in 2001 or 2002 are eligible but it is important to note that only 1 ticket per country is available. The all-around scores will determine which country can send a gymnast. The result is not nominative, however, meaning that the national federations can still decide later on who to send.

The third edition of the Youth Olympics is scheduled for October in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires (ARG). 4 years ago, in Nanning (CHN) Great Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran and Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy divided the gold medals between them, leaving only the high bar title to Japan’s Kenya Yuasa. Which gymnasts will shine this year?


Glasgow’s magnificent SSE Hydro Arena will once again host a world-class gymnastics events. From 9 to 12 August Europe’s senior and junior male gymnasts will compete for continental glory. For the first time, our European Championships are part of a big multi-sports event which sees 6 sports competing at the same time in Glasgow while athletics holds its European Championships at the same time but in Berlin. Ticket sales have soared so if you want to be part of it, don’t wait too long to buy your tickets! We are pleased to see a huge interest in the gymnastics tickets.

The Local Organising Committee and our Technical Committee met in Glasgow last week to discuss the preparation. It’s a pleasure to work with such an experienced team and while there is still a lot of work to do, we are on track to deliver a fantastic event.

Delegations have until 2 May to submit their definite entries and 2 July is the deadline for the nominative entries. The draw will be done on 5 July. For the latest information, check the website!



We break with tradition a bit this year as we have moved our camp to August, 17 to 27 August to be precise. But rest assured, we promise the same high-level standard as usual! We actually stay in Tirrenia where the Italian hosts offer excellent conditions that include training facilities, accommodation but also access to the beach! The camp is open to boys aged 13 to 16 years (born between 2002 and 2005). They will be trained by well-known experts like Laurent Maertens (FRA) and Andrei Popov (GBR). Besides daily training sessions focusing on solid basic and improving the skill range, there is time for social and cultural activities.

Did you know that stars like Samir Ait Said (FRA), Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE), Philipp Boy (GER) and Nile Wilson (GBR) all participated in UEG’s training camp?!

Interested? Contact your Federation! But hurry up, the deadline for definite entries is on 5 April!


15 – 18 March                 World Cup – Baku (AZE)

17 – 18 March                 All-around World Cup – Stuttgart (GER)

21 – 22 March                  All-around World Cup – Birmingham (GBR)

21 – 24 March                  World Cup – Doha (QAT)

14 April                             All-around World Cup – Tokyo (JPN)

24 – 27 May                     World Challenge Cup – Osijek (CRO)

31 May – 3 June              World Challenge Cup – Koper (SLO)

14 – 17 June                     World Challenge Cup – Guimaraes (POR)

23 June                             YOG qualification – Baku (AZE)

9 – 12 August    33rd Men’s Artistic Gymnastics European Championships – Glasgow (GBR)

17 – 27 August                UEG Training camp – Tirrenia (ITA)

21 – 23 September         World Challenge Cup – Szombathely (HUN)

27 – 30 September         World Challenge Cup – Paris (FRA)

6 – 18 October                 Youth Olympic Games – Buenos Aires (ARG)

25 October – 3 November           48th World Championships – Doha (QAT)

22 – 25 November          World Challenge Cup – Cottbus (GER)


With my warmest regards,

Tom Thingvold

UEG MTC President