The championships will take place at the Aspire Academy Dome in Doha from the 25th October to the 3rd November. The event includes competitions in the all-around, individual apparatus and team events. The main focus for many nations will be centred on the team competition, which presents an early opportunity for Olympic qualification.
The majority of the British line-up will compete fresh from success at the European Championships with Dom (Birmingham), Max (South Essex), Joe (Birmingham) and James (Pegasus/Maidstone) taking team silver in Glasgow. Nile (Leeds) makes a welcome return to the GBR team after injury, whilst Brinn Bevan (South Essex) has been selected as the travelling reserve.
James Thomas, British Gymnastics Performance Director:“The World Championships in Doha represents the first opportunity to qualify a team place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Building on from the successes of the European Championships, we had a number of world class gymnasts competing for team selection and this gives us a real sense of excitement for the build up to Tokyo 2020. The selected team for Doha gives us a blend of high calibre gymnasts who will support our ambition to challenge the world’s best in the team event whilst targeting medals on multiple apparatus.”
This World Championships officially marks the first stage of the qualifying process for Tokyo 2020, with the top three ranked nations in Doha qualifying teams for Tokyo. The new Olympic qualification process allows countries to qualify both teams (four gymnasts) and individuals (up to two per country) with opportunities to claim places continuing at events in 2019 and 2020. Read more about the Olympic qualification process here.
The British women’s team will be announced at a later date.