MINSK, 3 October (BelTA) – The Russian national team will take part in the Belarusian Open Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Mogilev on 25 October-1 November, TASS informs.
The decision of the Russian Gymnastics Federation was announced by head coach of the Russian national team Valentina Rodionenko. According to her, two men's and two women's teams are planning to come to Mogilev. “The second teams will include mostly young athletes who are already beginning to compete with the leaders. The level of the Belarusian gymnasts is inferior to ours, but they have interesting athletes. In addition, we will have the opportunity to try new combinations. In November, there will be a youth tournament in Minsk, where our team will also compete,” said Valentina Rodionenko.
Almost all the leaders of the Russian women's team, including Olympic champions Viktoria Listunova and Vladislava Urazova, are planning to participate in the Belarusian Artistic Gymnastics Championship. World all-around champion Angelina Melnikova will not perform in Mogilev due to health issues. “The men's team will not include Olympic champions Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan, who announced the end of the season. Denis Ablyazin will not go to Mogilev due to health issues. Tokyo Games champion David Belyavsky will decide on his participation in the tournament later,” Valentina Rodionenko said.