Sky Sports is to broadcast the World Cup of Gymnastics from The O2 in April 2017 as part of a new agreement with British Gymnastics.
Coming after Great Britain’s most successful Olympic Games in the gymnastics arena at Rio 2016, where Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Amy Tinkler and Louis Smith all starred as TeamGB claimed a record seven medals, the event will be promoted by Barry Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, which is stepping into gymnastics for the first time.
Sky Sports will screen live coverage throughout the day with the women’s competition taking place in the afternoon and the men’s in the evening session.
The World Cup of Gymnastics will take place at The O2 on April 8, 2017 and will feature a men’s and women’s competition with the sports top names invited to take part.
As well as the ‘all-around’ competitions, the men will battle it out over the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar, with the women competing on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.
The World Cup of Gymnastics was launched by Hearn, with British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen and Team GB Olympians Whitlock, Wilson, Tinkler and Bryony Page at a press conference at The Shard in London.
Hearn commented: “British sport is riding the crest of a wave after a quite outstanding performance at the Rio Olympics and I am thrilled to be bringing some of Team GB’s gymnastics superstars home to London for this major event.
“Gymnastics is something completely new for Matchroom and I cannot wait to put our unique stamp on this global event.
“The O2 is expected to sell out fast for this and I encourage all British sports fans to come and support their heroes in one of the most competitive global events on the gymnastics calendar.
“With Sky Sports adding their world-leading weight behind the event, the World Cup of Gymnastics promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.”
The World Cup of Gymnastics in London forms part of the 2017 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) individual all-around World Cup Series that begins in America, then travels to Stuttgart and finishes in London.
Medals are handed out at each competition with gymnasts also picking up ranking points across the three events to crown the eventual World Cup series champion.
Jane Allen from British Gymnastics said: “We’re delighted to bring this world class gymnastics event to London for the first time through the development of a new partnership with Matchroom and Sky Sports.
“Its testament to the huge success of our sport that we are able to stage this event and showcase gymnastics in the magnificent O2 Arena. The World Cup of Gymnastics is a fantastic competition with some the world’s best gymnasts in action.
“Having been staged superbly in Glasgow for many years in front of sold-out crowds this is a chance for even more new fans to witness our sport. Our athletes are excited to now perform and compete in London, entertaining a huge crowd in a spectacular venue.”
Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock added: “It’s amazing that gymnastics is coming back to The 02! My experiences competing there during London 2012, with the incredible home crowd support, are amongst the most memorable of my career.
British Gymnastics is flying at the moment after we made history in Rio and I’m confident the British public will come out in force for this world class event.”
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 27 at 9am to British Gymnastics members and fans at worldcupofgymnastics.com, with the O2 Priority pre-sale commencing at midday on Wednesday, September 28 at theO2.co.uk. A further pre-sale via The O2 will take place on Thursday, September 29.