EC Szczecin 2019

25 October 2018

Szczecin – the capital of European gymnastics

One of the biggest and most important sports events is approaching. In the spring of 2019 hundreds of gymnasts will come to Szczecin to compete in the 8th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

It is the first time that Poland is hosting a gymnastics event of such importance. Szczecin will be the host of the biggest sports event of the next year. Gymnasts from almost 40 countries will compete from 10-14th of April in the Netto Arena. Approximately a thousand guests from abroad are expected to come, including trainers, contestants and delegates. More than three thousand spectators will be in the audience of this extremely spectacular event.

We would like to encourage the citizens of Szczecin, as well as regional and international visitors to partake in the competition and to show their support to their favourite contestants! The Netto Arena sports and entertainment centre, where the championships will take place, will provide excellent conditions for the show. Let us then fill it to the last seat and celebrate this important sporting event, cheerfully, with our friends and family. After all, sport is not only about exertion, sweat and rivalry, nor is it only about the successes and failures. Sport is primarily about spending time together and sharing unforgettable moments and intense emotions with others!

Artistic gymnastics has its roots in antiquity.

References to it can be found in works, among others, by Aristotle, Plato, and Homer. Nowadays, the idea of this sport is the performance by the contestants of short sets of exercises on different equipment. Among these are: the balance beam, the horizontal bar, parallel bars, and still rings.

During the championship, the contestants perform sets of exercises in individual events. Women compete on the vault, the asymmetric bars, the balance beam and free exercises, while men in free exercises, pommel horse, still rings, vault, bars and horizontal bar. The contestants are individually classified in individual events; in gymnastics combined events (by summing up all points from every event) and in team ranking (by summing up individual scores).

The sport is administered by the International Gymnastics Federation,

which determines scoring rules and regulates all the matters connected to competition of the elite contestants. Artistic gymnastics in Poland is regulated by Polski Związek Gimnastyczny (the Gymnastics Federation of Poland).

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