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World Cup of Gymnastics heads to O2

The World Cup of Gymnastics will be staged at London’s O2 Arena in 2017 with new promoter Barry Hearn promising it will be a “spectacle not to be missed.”

Set to feature Team GB stars such as Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock, the World Cup of Gymnastics sees the world’s best gymnasts invited to compete in the prestigious ‘all-around’ competition with the men battling it out over six testing apparatus (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar) and the women competing on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

The event will take place at The O2 on Saturday, April 8, 2017, with the women’s competition taking place in the afternoon and the men’s in the evening session and will be broadcast by Sky Sports throughout.

The World Cup of Gymnastics was launched by British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen, Matchroom Sport’s Hearn and Team GB Olympians Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Amy Tinkler and Bryony Page at a press conference at The Shard, London.

Page, who took trampoline silver, has been invited to perform during the World Cup of Gymnastics to showcase her incredible skills.

Allen said:

We’re delighted to bring this world class gymnastics event to London for the first time through the development of a new partnership with Matchroom and Sky Sports. Its testament to the huge success of our sport that we are able to stage this event and showcase gymnastics in the magnificent O2 Arena.

British Gymnastics continues to go from strength to strength and our gymnast’s historic achievements during Rio 2016 mean gymnastics is in demand and more popular than ever. The World Cup of Gymnastics is a fantastic competition with some the world’s best gymnasts in action. Having been staged superbly in Glasgow for many years in front of sold-out crowds this is a chance for even more new fans to witness our sport. Our athletes are excited to now perform and compete in London, entertaining a huge crowd in a spectacular venue.

Hearn added:

British sport is riding the crest of a wave after a quite outstanding performance at the Rio Olympics and I am thrilled to be bringing some of Team GB’s gymnastics superstars home to London for this major event. Gymnastics is something completely new for Matchroom and I cannot wait to put our unique stamp on this global event.

The O2 is expected to sell out fast for this and I encourage all British sports fans to come and support their heroes in one of the most competitive global events on the gymnastics calendar.

With Sky Sports adding their world-leading weight behind the event, the World Cup of Gymnastics promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.

Whitlock added:

It’s amazing that gymnastics is coming back to The 02! My experiences competing there during London 2012, with the incredible home crowd support, are amongst the most memorable of my career. British Gymnastics is flying at the moment after we made history in Rio and I’m confident the British public will come out in force for this world class event.

The World Cup of Gymnastics in London forms part of the 2017 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) individual all-around World Cup Series that begins in America, then travels to Stuttgart and finishes in London. Medals are handed out at each competition with gymnasts also picking up ranking points across the three events to crown the eventual World Cup series champion.