Olympic Qualification at Gymnastics Test Event

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Today sees some of world’s best gymnasts come to London for the start of Visa International Gymnastics, the London 2012 Gymnastics test event and part of the London Prepares series. - Great Britain Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team looking for London 2012 qualification at Visa International Gymnastics - Tickets still available for Artistic Gymnastics sessions priced from £5-£20 including the chance to see the British Men’s team

London 2012 qualification up for grabs at Gymnastics test event

London 2012 qualification up for grabs at Gymnastics test event

The event will be used to test our workforce in an already established venue and to test the field of play as it will be at Games time

Today sees some of world’s best gymnasts come to London for the start of Visa International Gymnastics, the London 2012 Gymnastics test event and part of the London Prepares series.
Great Britain Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team looking for London 2012 qualification at Visa International Gymnastics

Tickets still available for Artistic Gymnastics sessions priced from £5-£20 including the chance to see the British Men’s team
Taking place at the North Greenwich Arena (also known as The O2) it is the last chance for gymnasts to qualify for the London 2012 Games and is vital for the British Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team who have yet to qualify for the Games.

This week sees the Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline competitions take place from 10-13 January, followed by the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition next week from 16-18 January.

For Artistic Gymnastics there is a team qualification event on Tuesday and Wednesday to secure the final few places at London 2012. This is followed by individual apparatus finals on Thursday and Friday which will form the basis of testing for the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) but do not count towards Olympic qualification.

Tickets for the event sold quickly, with many sessions selling out, but there are some tickets still available for two afternoon/evening sessions of the Artistic Gymnastics on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January. The session on Tuesday is where the British men will be looking to qualify a full team for the London 2012.

For the Trampoline competition on Friday 13 January, both men and women will be competing for the final Olympic qualification spots. British champion Kat Driscoll will compete despite already having secured a place at London 2012.

For Rhythmic Gymnastics there are two individual routines and one group routine which count towards Olympic qualification. British athlete Francesca Jones has already booked her place for London 2012 as an individual and will compete at the test event in order to aid her preparation. The British team have to score 45.223 from the test event in order for a nomination to be submitted to the BOA to accept a host country place.

Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG said: “Visa International Gymnastics is LOCOG’s biggest test event to date. Not only is it vital for us to test our operations, but the competition will be fierce as the gymnasts who have yet to qualify for London 2012 battle it out for Olympic qualification. The event will be used to test our workforce in an already established venue and to test the field of play as it will be at Games time.”

Tickets for Visa International Gymnastics are priced between £10-£20 for full price tickets and £5-£10 for young people and seniors and are available from http://www.londonpreparesseries.com

As a proud sponsor of London 2012, Visa (debit, credit, prepaid) is the only card accepted for online ticket sales for this London Prepares series event.

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As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Supplier, Otto Bock.

The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

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