Little Adds Baku and Doha to World Cup Schedule
Gymnastics | Published:
Thu 16 February 2017
Gymnast Emily Little has been selected for the Baku and
Doha World Cup events as she steps up preparations for the Melbourne World Cup
starting on Wednesday of next week.
Little – who will compete on three apparatus in Melbourne
– has been added to a further two world cup competitions for Australia with the
Baku (16-19 March) and Doha (22-25 March) meets set to follow on the individual
With Melbourne representing Little’s first major hitout
for 2017, it comes as no surprise she is looking forward to getting back out on
the competition floor.
"I'm really excited to have been selected to compete in
the first Melbourne World Cup,” Little told the Australian Olympic Committee
"Being selected onto the team is an honour for me and it
always feels special competing at home in Australia, in front of my friends and
The 2012 London Olympian also believes the longer term
legacy of the World Cup on home shores will be a boost to the younger
generation of Australian talent.
"I believe the younger gymnasts with benefit most from
the World Cup,” Little said.
"Being able to see how world class gymnasts train and
compete is a huge benefit.”
The International governing body (FIG) has revamped the
World Cup format, with individual apparatus events now forming a larger piece
of the Olympic qualification puzzle and with Australia last year missing out on
team selection, Little believes this will only help her on the road to Tokyo.
"I think this is a really smart idea,” Little said in
regards to the new competition program.
"With the new FIG World Cup format, there are a series of
events that contribute towards an individual selection to the next Olympics
"I’m looking forward to having lots of amazing gymnasts
from different countries jump on the World Cup circuit, and it will be exciting
to have those gymnasts in Melbourne each year.”
- with AOC (www.olympics.com.au)