"This event is of major importance.
It is the main qualifying event of the current cycle on the road to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tokyo will map out a new hierarchy for gymnasts competing for a world title and Olympics hopes." ~Bruno Grandi
From 13th to 18th October 2009 the World Gymnastic Championships will be held in London for the first time. The championships will act as a vital precursor for the Olympic Games in 2012 and will give a strong indication of which world-class gymnasts will be defending their positions at the Olympics in 2012, and who will be the rising stars that will challenge them.