Best Russian women's gymnastics team might not be going to Worlds because of age requirements:
The women's all-around champion in Penza, however, likely will be ineligible for the world team. 2008 Russian Cup champion Ksenia Afanasyeva
and runner-up Ksenia Sgymnastics emyonova
are both out with injury. Semyonova, the reigning world champion on uneven bars, and Afanasyeva went 1-2 at the 2009 European Championships in April.
"The upcoming world championships will be the most difficult of the Olympic quadrennium for us," Rodionenko (head coach Andrei Rodionenko
)told news agency "All Sport." "First of all... I'm talking about the age requirement, which means gymnasts born after 1993 cannot participate in senior international competitions. And as it happens our leaders right now are exactly these gymnasts. We can name 2009 Russian national champion Aliya Mustafina
, Russian championships medalist Anna Dementyeva
, 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival champion Viktoria Komova
and Tatiana Solovyova
. So it will probably turn out that, at least on the women's side, the strongest team won't be going to the world championships."
via International Gymnast