This was announced by the head coach of the national team Andrei Rodionenko, whose words were reported by RIA Novosti.

He noted that such a decision is related to the epidemiological situation.

“Our main goal is to preserve the health of our athletes and coaches.

The challenge for the upcoming European Championship was to win Olympic licenses, but since the Olympic qualification was postponed to the European Championship in 2021, we decided not to risk it, ”the coach added.

Initially, the tournament was supposed to be held in Azerbaijan, but due to the situation in the country, it was moved to Turkey.

The continental championship will be held on December 9-20.

Earlier it was reported that three gymnasts passed positive tests for coronavirus at the base in Novogorsk.