Among the athletes of the 11th European Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics, which stared at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 24, there are also those of Armenian origin Garsevan Dzhanazian and Dukhik Dzhanazian who represent Russia.
The Dzhanazians, who are brother and sister, told journalists that they did not face any pressure in Baku.
Noting that they are completely safe in Baku, Garsevan Dzhanazian said: “Everything is very good and safe. Everything satisfies us here and there is no pressure. Baku is a very beautiful city, people are very sociable and cheerful.”
Underlining that the championships were excellently organized, Dukhik Dzhanazian said: “Both the conditions created for the competition and the organization in terms of security are excellent. The gym and tournament venue are perfect. The local people are very kind, everybody is trying to help when asked."
According to the athletes, they participated in the first European Games in Baku in 2015.
"Fans support all gymnasts here. Their support for us was a great pleasure. There is a real sporting atmosphere here. The main thing is to show a worthy performance. What is next depends on the referees."
Commenting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's rufusal to come to Baku for the Europa League final, Garsevan said: "Azerbaijan is a fully safe country. Therefore, we are here."
Meanwhile, her brother added: "If I were Mkhitaryan, I would have been with my team in Baku."
The three-day tournament brings together nearly 400 gymnasts from 22 countries.