FRANCE WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN EUROPEAN GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS


07/11/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Citing the Coronavirus outbreak and growing tensions between Turkey and France, the French national gymnastics team announced that it would not participate in the 2020 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships to be held in Turkey.

"We will not be able to participate in the European Championships, scheduled for December 9 and 20 in Mersin, as we are not in a position to guarantee the safety of the French delegation," French Gymnastics Federation President James Blateau said in a statement."

Kevinn Rabaud, manager of the French Gymnastics national team, said: "we were aware of these tensions added to the health crisis, but in order to make a final decision, we were waiting for objective instructions on this issue from the Foreign Ministry and the ministry responsible for sports."

In addition to France, Russia, Switzerland, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain have also announced that they will not participate in the championship in Turkey due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


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