Five gymnastics disciplines will once again be showcased at the European Games in Minsk in 2019 ©UEG

Five different gymnastics disciplines of artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, acrobatic and aerobics will all be showcased for the second successive European Games in Minsk in 2019, it has been confirmed.

Members of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) ruling Executive Committee voted in favour of participation in the Belarus capital with exactly the same programme as in Baku in 2015.

As well as the three Olympic disciplines of men and women's artistic, rhythmic and trampoline, this was considered particularly innovative at the inaugural 2015 event because it also included the non-Olympic aerobic and acrobatic ones on the same programme for the first time.

In acrobatics, gymnasts work together and perform routines consisting of acrobatic moves and dance and tumbling, while in aerobics, they perform continuously complex and high-intensity movement patterns to music.

There was no mention after the meeting, however, of any discussions towards incorporating another event such as parkour. 

Parkour or obstacle course sprint, has been pioneered as the newest gymnastics discipline with an eye to eventual Olympic inclusion.

Acrobatic gymnasts in action at the inaugural 2015 European Games in Baku ©Getty Images
Acrobatic gymnasts in action at the inaugural 2015 European Games in Baku ©Getty Images

There has been fierce opposition from the grassroots parkour community, who claim the International Gymnastics Federation are trying to "hijack" the event, while there are also fears elsewhere that the ambitions of aerobics and acrobatics may be sidelined.

All five events are expected to be held within the 15,000 capacity Minsk Arena.

Competition is expected to take place from June 21 to 30 in 2019.

Holon in Israel was also awarded the 2019 European Championships in acrobatic gymnastics between October 21 and 27 during the Executive Committee meeting at their Lausanne headquarters.

The 2020 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships were also awarded to Kiev in Ukraine from May 22 to 24.

The next meeting of the UEG’s Executive Committee is scheduled to take place on September 8 and 9 in the Swiss city.