All Russia artistic gymnastics tournament founded by two-time Olympic champion Svetlana Khorkina will be held at Belgorod State University sports complex on March 12 – March 17. The sporting event has been organized by “Svetlana Khorkina Foundation” in association with the Russian Artistic Gymnastics Federation, Belgorod Region physical culture and sports administration and Rostec State Corporation.
The idea of All Russia artistic gymnastics tournament belongs to two-time Olympic champion Svetlana Khorkina. It has been held at the Belgorod State University after sports complex named after Svetlana Khorkina for 18 years. In 2010 the event was acknowledged as an all Russia sports competition to become an important gymnastics tournament both locally and nationally. This year a record number of about 1000 male and female gymnasts will compete at the tournament.
As it shows, the tournament organized by two-time Olympic champion Svetlana Khorkina has become a gateway to Olympic medals for many young gymnasts. “Thousands of girls and boys who have competed at the tournament have a chance to receive a call-up to the national team and compete at the Olympics”, Svetlana Khorkina comments.
During her career, Khorkina won seven Olympic medals and twenty World Championship medals. She was the first gymnast to win three all-around titles at the World Championships. Svetlana Khorkina is one of the most successful female gymnasts of all time. After retiring from gymnastics, in December 2005 Khorkina was named vice-president of the Russian Artistic Gymnastics.