Germany’s rhythmic gymnastics team are hoping to hone their preparations for this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in front of their home crowd at the Berlin Masters, which is due to begin tomorrow.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup event will be one of the final major competitions ahead of Rio 2016.
A total of 19 countries set to have gymnasts competing in the individual event in the Max-Schmeling-Halle.
Among the 27 individual athletes will be Ukraine’s Ganna Rizatdinova, the European Championship bronze medallist, as well as Belarus’ World Championship bronze medal winner Melitina Staniouta.
Brazil, Finland, Japan and Ukraine are set to join host nation Germany in competing in the group competition in Berlin.
Four of the nations will be competing in the group all-round event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with Finland the only country to have failed to earn a place.
"We will try at the last competitions before the Olympics to perform confidently and present with a lot of power, and to show what we can do,” said Anastasija Khmelnytska, a member of Germany’s six member group team.
“And of course, we are particularly pleased to be at the Berlin Masters because our German fans are the best easy and a great atmosphere in the Max-Schmeling-Halle prevails.”
Germany’s Laura Jung, a bronze medallist in the Team event at the European Junior Championships in 2010, will miss competing front of her home crowd, however.
The 21-year-old from St Wendel announced her retirement earlier this week due to a back injury.
Competition is due to begin tomorrow with the qualification for hoop and ball event, while the group five ribbons will also be contested.
Saturday (July 2) will see the individual clubs and ribbons qualification and the group hoops and clubs competitions held, with the finals all set to be concluded on Sunday (July 3).