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Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias has been selected as the first Rio 2016 Torchbearer for the Olympic Relay ©Getty Images

Team TTO in Rio 2016

Countries will have their final chance to secure qualification to the Rio 2016 gymnastics competition when the Olympic test event gets underway at the Rio Olympic Arena tomorrow.

The countries who failed to book their place in the artistic gymnastics team competitions at last year's International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow are due to take part.

Germany will tomorrow join France, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Spain, Romania, Canada and Belarus in competing for the final four places in the men’s event, having place between ninth and 16th in the World Championships qualifying.

On Sunday (April 17), France, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Australia, South Korea and Switzerland look to secure their berth in the women’s team event at the Olympics.

Individual gymnastics will also be able to book their places during the event, while World Championship medallists and numerous athletes whose countries have already qualified have been given the possibility to participate in the competition.

Brazil's Arthur Zanetti, the reigning Olympic champion on rings, and world champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece will be among those taking part in the test event.

Petrounias was selected as the first Torchbearer for the Relay ahead of this year's Olympic Games earlier this week and will rush back afterwards for the ceremony in Olympia next Thursday (April 21).

It is hoped that the competition will give the athletes an opportunity to gain a feel for the facilities at the venue, due to stage all three gymnastics events at the Olympics.

"For us as a sports Federation, the test event is a doubly important moment,” said FIG President Bruno Grandi.

“Not only because it's an Olympic qualification with all the challenges that represents for the athletes who have trained hard in hopes of going to the Olympic Games, but also because it allows us to get a feel for things within the confines of the Games four months before the big competition begins.”

Trampoline competition is scheduled to take place next Tuesday (April 19), with rhythmic gymnastics individual events set to take place on April 21.

The rhythmic gymnastics group event competition will bring the test event to a close on April 22.

"Test Events are a vital part of an organising committee's preparations, allowing us to ensure our readiness and fine-tune the venues that will host the competitions in 2016," said Agberto Guimarães, executive director of sport and Paralympic integration for the Rio 2016.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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