Waited whole year to come back to Baku – Albanian gymnast

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 10. I love Baku very
much, last year I came here for the first time, and I waited a
whole year to come back again, Matvey Petrov, participant of the
FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, representing Albania,
told Trend on

“Today I performed quite well, I went to the final of the
exercise on the gymnastic pommel horse. I hope I do even better in
the final. Now the opponents have a very high level of training,
there are many good gymnasts, everyone can get a good mark,” Petrov

The gymnast said that his next competition after the World Cup
in Baku will be the European Championship, and then the last stage
of the World Cup in Cairo.

The FIG Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus World Cup is being held at
the National Gymnastics Arena on March 9-12. According to the
registration list, Azerbaijan has a record for the number of
countries, as 173 athletes from 48 National Federations are
expected to participate in the competition.

The first two days of the four-day World Cup competitions in
Baku will feature qualifying stages, whereas the remaining days –
finals, will determine the winners and prize-winners in exercises
on individual implements. Following the results of the four-day
competitions, the traditional “AGF Trophy” will be presented to the
gymnasts who received the highest execution score.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan will be represented by Nikita Simonov and
Ivan Tikhonov (men’s gymnastics), Samira Gahramanova, and Nazanin
Teymurova (women’s gymnastics) at the competitions.

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