Uladzislau Hancharou makes up part of an impressive Belarus delegation in Baku ©Getty Images

The first of five International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Trampoline World Cup events is set to take place this weekend from (February 12 to 13) in Baku.

Athletes will take to the National Gymnastics Arena in the Azerbaijani capital, the same venue where last year's World Championships were held, to battle it out in the men's and women's individual and synchronised divisions.

Current women's world champion Bryony Page of Britain and China's world silver medallist Caoe Yunzhu are both absent in Baku.

This will leave a clear path to glory for Russians Iana Lebedeva and Meri Golota to star.

Lebedeva took the bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships while Golota triumphed at the 2021 World Age Group Competition.

Home gymnast Seljan Mahsudova is also in with a chance of medalling after finishing fourth at the last two World Age Group Competitions.

Although double mini-trampoline is not being contested in Baku, three-time world champion Lina Sjöberg of Sweden will be taking part in both the individual and synchronised events with compatriot Thea Liljeroth.

Reigning team world champions Belarus are expected to succeed in the men's events as they have the last two Olympic champions.

Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Ivan Litvinovich and Rio de Janeiro 2016 winner Uladzislau Hancharou are both on the entry list.

Hancharou also won silver in Japan.

Russia is fielding a young team of 16 and 17-year-olds including 2021 World Age Group Competition champion Kirill Kozlov.

Rounding out the field are three-time Olympian Luba Golovina of Georgia and Portugal's Diogo Abreu.

After Baku, the season will continue in Rimini in Italy from May 27 to 28, Coimbra in Portgual from June 25 to 26, Switzerland's Arosa from July 1 to 2 and Saint Petersburg in Russia from September 23 to 24.