Aliya Mustafina
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia has not competed since last year in order to recover from her back injuries. She plans to have Baku as her first major international competition in 2015 season.

"It won't be possible to upgrade essentially for Baku. Out of 5 month of our co-work 3 month we spent to solve all the health problems. 2 month were left and we have been trying to get together before the competition" Sergei Starkin, Aliya's personal coach, told in an interview translated by Dolly-z.

Nevertheless, Aliya is planning to demonstrate new difficult routines at the World championships later this year.

"Aliya is an experienced gymnast. But skipping the half of a year of competitions is a serious loss. Therefore it won't be right not to compete before Worlds at all. But at the same time Baku Games are not just another competition for us - we prepare for them as we always do, we set maximum goals."

The first edition of the European games is scheduled to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12 to 28 June. 

Beside Aliya, Teammate and two time Olympic silver medalist Viktoria Komova is scheduled to compete there. The third gymnast hasn't been selected yet.

Written by Gigi Farid



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