Canadian coach Ross Dave on Saturday blasted at the Olympic
regulation for early exits of top trampolinists at a star-studded
test event for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Dave called for a change of the regulation to allow the athletes
to warm up on spot before going into competition.
Six trampolinists, namely China's Dong Dong and Lu Chunlong,
Japan's Tetsuya Sotomura, Russia's Sergey Chumak, France's Gregoire
Pennes and Ukraine's Yuriy Nikitin, all failed to finish routines
in the men's preliminaries on Friday.
"There is no warm-up on spot and the athletes have to go into
performance directly," comlained Dave. "We wanted to do a warm-up,
but we are not allowed because of the (Olympics) regulation. It
should be changed."
According to the Olympic rule, no on-spot warm-up is
"It's good for the audience to enjoy the performance, but bad
for athletes to prepare and get ready for competing. We know how
important warm-up is for the competitors," said Dave.
"As a coach, we do hope that at the 2008 Olympic Games, there
will be the warm-up for trampoline," he added.
Dave's point of view was shared by Chinese coach Chen Qilin.
"The test event copies the very procedure of the Olympic Games,
which means the competitors can not warm up on spot. So it's
probably a little bit hard for them to get used to the net," said
Chen on Friday.
"I think there are also other reasons for a string of mistakes
and accidents that happened to the athletes on Friday's
qualifications," said Dave.
"I think it's the podium. It's not stable and as men are more
powerful than women. When men are landing, it moves and causes the
"The time for this tournament is not right. It is not long after
the world championships in Quebec City, so the athletes seemed to
be relaxed and were not well prepared for the qualifying
The test event attracted a pack of top gymnasts. Among the
entrants are seven top-eight finishers in the women's and men's
finals at the world championships less than a month ago.
Following a 10th-place finish at the recent world championships,
defending Olympic champion Yuri Nikitin is poised to regain his top
position as the Beijing Games is approaching, but he fell out of
the net in his second voluntary routine.
The world silver medallist Dong Dong's second routine was also
tarnished with two actions unfulfilled.
Two women trampolinists, Irina Karavaeva of Russia and Tatsiana
Piatrenia from Belarus, bowed out in preliminaries.
The 32-year-old Karavaeva, the Olympic and world champion, came
to Beijing as the most decorated female competitor, but she ended
in a mess in her voluntary routine with a poor 7.40.
Karavaeva, who has won five world individual titles, is the
first female trampoline champion in the Olympic history when she
placed first at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
(Xinhua News Agency December 2, 2007)