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With exactly a year to go to the 2016 Olympic Games, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has confirmed today that a record number of countries and gymnasts will travel to Glasgow this autumn to compete in the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, which includes opportunities to qualify for Rio.

615 gymnasts from 91 countries, including for the first time the Caymen Islands and Honduras, have pledged to take part in the 10 day event. Held at the SSE Hydro from 23 October – 1 November, World Gymnastics is one of the world’s largest single sport events and will showcase Glasgow and Scotland to an even wider global audience than the Commonwealth Games.

The World Gymnastics Championships forms part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio campaign to support athletes with their preparation and qualification for Rio 2016.

FIG Technical Committee Presidents, Nellie Kim (BLR) and Steve Butcher (USA) have been in Glasgow this week to review the city’s plans for hosting the Championships and in addition to venue visits and briefings, the highlight of their trip was to conduct the official draw.

The Great Britain women’s team will compete in subdivision 4 of qualification on Friday October 23rd at 5.15pm, with our men’s team competing subdivision 1 on Sunday October 25th at 10am.

The top 24 men’s and the top 24 women’s teams from the 2014 World Championships will take part in Glasgow 2015 along with 287 individual gymnasts from other nations (maximum of three per nation) who are allocated into mixed country groups.

The record entry in the women’s competition (297) has now be divided into 12 Subdivisions held over the opening two qualification days (23 and 24 October) with the session times extended, which will allow the public to see even more gymnastics action than ever before. The 8 men’s Subdivisions will go ahead as originally scheduled over the following two days (25 and 26 October).   

Full details of the draw can be found http://www.2015worldgymnastics.com/the-championships.aspx

Reacting to the news from the draw, GB team hopeful Daniel Purvis said: “The British men’s squad are out in Portugal training hard with Glasgow the big target for all of us. The Commonwealth Games last year was an incredible experience and the crowd can once again make the difference for us at the World Championships as we aim to make everyone proud and get Team GB to Rio. The men’s squad is full of world class gymnasts and we all want to be there at the Hydro on 25 October competing for our place at the Olympic Games.”

With ticket sales already selling fast, news from the draw now enables spectators to find out which teams they can see in action at which Qualification session, when the world’s top gymnasts battle it out for the coveted title of 2015 World Champion.

Tickets are available from http://www.2015worldgymnastics.com/tickets.aspx

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