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2021 World Gymnastics Championships Awarded to Copenhagen
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The 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships have been awarded to Copenhagen, Denmark, the International Gymnastics Federation announced Thursday. Pictured: The new Royal Arena, which opened in February 2017, will be the venue for the 2021 World Championships.

The 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships have been awarded to Copenhagen, Denmark, the International Gymnastics Federation announced Thursday.

The artistic gymnastics world championships were first staged in Denmark in 2006, when Aarhus played host to the event. The competition is scheduled for October 18-24, 2021.

"As Hans Christian Andersen has inspired the imagination of thousands of children around the world with his famous tales that give food for thought, I hope that these world championships will inspire the young generation by showing the values of sport," FIG President Morinari Watanabe said.

The Copenhagen worlds will take place at the city's new Royal Arena venue, a 35,000-square-meter sporting and cultural center that opened in February 2017. With a seating capacity between 13,000 to 17,000, Royal Arena has became the Danish capital's premiere staging facility for concerts and shows, already used as a tour stop for musical acts such as Metallica, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and Céline Dion, comedians Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais, and Cirque du Soleil's Varekai. The 2017 European Short-Course Swimming Championships also took place at the arena.

2021 will mark the 50th edition of the world championships for artistic gymnastics, which were first held in Antwerp in 1903. Copenhagen was the site of the 1967 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships as well as the 1979 European Gymnastics Championships for women, where Nadia Comăneci won her third straight all-around crown.

"It's a great achievement to be awarded the 50th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships," Danish Gymnastics Federation Anders Jacobsen said. "Not just for the Federation, but for Danish Gymnastics as a whole. An event of this format fits very well into the course and development we have for gymnastics in Denmark."

This year's world championships will take place in Doha, Qatar — the first time the event will be held in the Middle East. Worlds return to Europe in 2019, being held for the third time in Stuttgart, also the site of the 1989 and 2007 Worlds. Only Prague — site of the 1907, 1938 and 1962 Worlds — has played host as many times.

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