Many thanks to the All Around and to Laerke and Nico at Gymfever who are keeping me up to date while I am on a Greek holiday in the sunshine. Please bear with my brevity as I seek to update my readers while enjoying a holiday cup of tea amongst the mosquitoes on my patio .
Andrew Rodionenko has confirmed via Tass
Ksenia Afanasyeva and Emin Garibov will be out of competition for the remainder of the year. They are currently in Germany where they will remain for rehab. Garibov has had surgery to both shoulders and Afanasyeva to her ankle.
Rodionenko hopes that Komova (ankle) will be fit to compete at Worlds on bars at least.
Mustafina has had surgery to her ankle, (which has been bothering her since before the Olympics according to an interview with Elena Vaitsekhovskaya published in Sports Express and in translation on this blog back in August 2012). Mustafina is the only gymnast who will be exempt from the Russia Cup competition - which is the qualifier for Worlds - says Rodionenko, and it is hoped that Mustafina will be ready to compete at Worlds.
My heartfelt good wishes to all the gymnasts for a good recovery! It has taken a lot of courage to get this far, may we grant you a little more encouragement as you continue on your way.
I suppose this news will prompt much speculation as to the likely teams for this Autumn. We can assume that Mustafina and Kharenkova will be in the mix and very much hope that a fully recovered and newly energised Grishina will also fight for a place.
Komova on bars? Can the Russian team afford the luxury of a one piece specialist? The men will struggle without a high bar specialist as they are particularly weak in this piece.
This year it is a full Worlds : 6-5-4 quals, 6-3-3 finals.
Russia Cup is in August this year so it is premature to speculate ... But what do you think?
PS Nabiyeva has let it he known that she attended the last training camp at Round Lake ...