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Jan 11, 2022
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Alina Kabaeva complained about the channel “Russia 1”

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38-year-old gymnast Alina Kabaeva spoke about the difficult path to success.

On December 16-17, Moscow hosted a new international rhythmic gymnast project “Heavenly Grace”. The idea of ​​the competition belongs to the Olympic champion and head of the charitable foundation Alina Kabaeva. The goal of the tournament is to develop and popularize rhythmic gymnastics as an Olympic sport with great potential. The competition was attended by representatives of 13 countries.

The Olympic champion pointed out that 2001-2005 was called the golden time of rhythmic gymnastics. Alina noted that the rules were stricter, and the elements were much more complex, spectacular and more interesting.

All rhythmic gymnastics consists of two important parts. This is body work (flexibility, jumping, turns, balance) and work with objects (ribbon, ball, clubs, hoop, rope). In modern rules, more than half of the complex elements have been gradually removed. It was about 30, there were only 9. The emphasis was on working with objects. But this is wrong, because there is no uniqueness in such work – you can watch work with objects in the circus. And in rhythmic gymnastics, it is very important that there is both the complexity of the body and work with objects“, – emphasized Kabaeva.

Alina Kabaeva
Alina Kabaeva

A native of Tashkent thanked everyone who helped her in organizing, preparing and conducting the tournament, as well as colleagues and spectators. The titled athlete expressed hope that the tournament will become an annual event.

The gymnast also spoke about the children’s sports holiday – the Alina festival, which has been held annually by her charitable foundation for 10 years. Kabaeva admitted that initially the administration of the federal television channel did not share her enthusiasm.

From the very beginning, the festival was broadcast on the TV channel “Russia 1”, which made it possible to significantly increase the audience of the children’s sports festival. By the way, at first it was very difficult to convince the management of the TV channel to meet us halfway, because there were doubts about the interest of the audience in the festival. Fortunately, our hopes were justified, the festival was a success among viewers and later there were no problems with providing air for the festival. Now the festival is shown annually not only on the channel “Russia 1”, which is broadcast in many countries of the Near Abroad, but also on the children’s channel “Karusel“”, – the two-time world champion is quoted by the publication “Moscow – Baku”.

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