Rhythmic gymnastics returns to Portimão after five-year gap

For the first time in five years, Portimão is going to host a major rhythmic gymnastics competition.

Taking place this weekend (April 30-May 1) at Portimão Arena, the event is part of the National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships and will feature around 83 athletes, four from the Algarve, who will compete for Portugal’s top honour – the title of national champion.

“We’re happy to bring this sport back to Portimão,” Andreia Sancho of the National Gymnastics Federation told a press conference on April 18.

Though Portimão has a history of organising gymnastic events – including the European and World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships – it lost out after 2011, due to lack of sponsors.

The change has only come with support by local associations and sponsors, say organisers.

Hopes are the event will place Portimão firmly back on the rhythmic gymnastics map.

Admission is free, with around 250 tickets going to schools, while the town’s Aqua shopping centre has paid for 2,000 free tickets which it will be giving away at its information booth.

Tickets will also be handed out at Portimão Arena on April 30 and May 1.

The good news comes in the same month that it was announced powerboat racing is also back after a similar five-year break (click here).