The FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics in Baku will become a good experience for Israeli athletes, the Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Dan Stav told Trend Feb. 19.
"I'd like to note that some of our gymnasts have performed well, and for those who didn't do so this tournament has become an important experience in their careers," he said. "Some of them are very young and it is the first competition for them, and, perhaps, some day when they win an Olympic medal, they will remember that they began their careers here, in Baku."
The ambassador went on to add that he attended a gymnastics competition in Azerbaijan for the first time and he is very pleased with the organization and the conditions created.
"Our athletes are also impressed with the conditions created for them at the high level," he said.
Five Israeli gymnasts performed on the first day of the FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics in Baku. Three of them reached the finals. They are: Artem Dolgopyat, Alexander Shatilov and Tzuf Feldon.
The FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics kicked off in Baku Feb. 19 and is to end Feb. 21. As many as 45 male and 22 female gymnasts will compete for medals in apparatus finals of the World Challenge Cup.
In general, athletes from 19 countries are to participate in the event.
Men's and women's qualifications on the first two days of the competitions will be followed by apparatus finals on the last day.