With six athletes and without Lefteris Petrounias, Greece will participate in the World Instrumental Gymnastics Championship of Japan, 18-24 / 10.
EGO announced the names of the athletes who will participate in next month's event.
The six athletes who will compete with the coat of arms in the Japanese city will be Nikos Iliopoulos (complex individual: ground, sideways, hoops, jump, doubles, singles), Antonis Tantalidis (ground, sideways, jump), Konstantinos (jump) ), Christoforos Konstantinidis (ground), Stavros Gkinis (rings) and Stefanos Tsolakidis (side horse, twin), with the latter two making their first appearance with the National team in the institution.
This year's world championship has the peculiarity that it does not include the team competition, but is addressed to specialists of the individual instruments and the individual complex.
Absent from the Kitakiusos event will be Lefteris Petrounias, who needed to be discharged in view of the new Olympic cycle, after the over-effort and constant vigilance of the last two years, which culminated with the Olympic qualification and the conquest of the bronze medal.
"For Lefteris, it was predetermined that he would not play in the World Cup in Japan, regardless of the result he would have in Tokyo. It needs to be discharged, so that we can properly start the new season and plan for the next three years.
We have to choose the games that we will give from now on, having as main goal to reach the Olympic Games in Paris to claim the first place, as he always wants ", stressed the coach of the Men's National Team, Dimitris Raftis, who added referring to the prospects of distinction of Greek athletes in the upcoming world championship:
"I want to believe that Iliopoulos can enter the final of the complex individual with a good performance, while Tantalidis is convinced that he can get a high score that will put him in the finalists in the ground exercises, where he has a program with great initial value. We expect the other children to pleasantly surprise us, with a good final result in their instruments ".