Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
According to Steve Butcher, the FIG men's technical committee president, has approved the new team format.

The team will consist of only four gymnasts, all of which must be all arounders. Gymnasts will be competing on all four events and only the highest three scores on each event will be counted in the team competition.

Additionally, up to two event specialists/extra all arounders per country will be able to qualify and compete at the Olympics through World Cups, Challenge Cups, and Continental Championships.

"There are many other formulas for AA gymnasts to qualify outside of the teams. The final details are still to be worked out, but the format is now set" added Butcher.

Teams at 2012 London Olympic Games were composed of five members, while teams at 2008, 2004 and 2000 Olympics were composed of six members. In 1996, it was seven gymnasts per team.

Between 1972 and 1992, each team consisted of six gymnasts.

Written by Gigi Farid



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