FIG Office, April 8, 2007: The 10th Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships 2008 will be held April 26 - 27 in Ulm (GER). This was decided at a working meeting held recently in Stuttgart with the FIG and the Deutscher Turner Bund. The worlds will be preceded by a third edition of the international Age Group Competition, the finals for which will be held April 23 - 25.
Piloted by the DTB, the event received the partnership of energy manufacturer EnBW, also involved in the 2007 Artistic worlds in Stuttgart. The support offered by this energetic group was a determining factor in the German Gymnastic Federation's decision, which intends to spin a publicity concept around health and well-being for these world championships, and to which additional activities such as symposiums or seminars might be grafted.
Aerobic Gymnastics is continually growing and increasing its ranks by recruiting additional participating countries each year. The first worlds organised under the FIG banner in 1995 at the Coubertin Stadium in Paris (FRA) welcomed 33 federations. Last year, the 9th edition in Nanjing (CHN) counted the same number of federations. This number strikes the discipline's Technical President, British John Atkinson, who calls on the FIG's 129 affiliated federation to create and develop aerobics within their borders and to participate massively in official competitions.
This year, and in keeping with the rule of alternation, the discipline will be organising its 3rd World Series Final in Rodez (FRA), May 12 - 13.