May 16, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has awarded the 2019 world championships to Stuttgart, Germany.

The federation said on its website Sunday that Stuttgart was chosen over the only other competing city, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, during the FIG council meeting in Melbourne on Saturday.

FIG said under a new Olympic qualification system accepted by the council, the top nine teams from the 2019 worlds - not including teams already qualified from 2018 - will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

On Saturday, FIG said it had approved ''with an overwhelming majority'' a new format that will see the number of gymnasts in the team competition be reduced from five to four for the Tokyo Olympics. There were five-person teams at the 2012 London Games and six in Beijing in 2008.

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