HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER IS SOMETHING THAT IS A FIRST FOR BAHRAIN, TAKING SPORTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL. WITH EIGHT COUNTRIES, REPRESENTED BY A TEAM OF FOUR, THE CALISTHENICS WORLD CUP 2015 WILL SEE ELITE INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES COME TO OUR SHORES. WE CAUGHT UP WITH SHEHAB SAEED, THE LOCALLY-BASED ORGANISER OF THIS EXCITING EVENT, TO LEARN MORE…


What is Calisthenics – tell us more about the idea, where it started and what you hope to achieve with it?


Calisthenics is a form of exercise that consists of a variety of movements, often rhythmical, generally without using equipment or apparatus. They are intended to increase body strength, body fitness, and flexibility through movements such as bending, jumping, swinging, twisting or kicking, using only body weight for resistance. I started an organisation called Big Up Sports to pursue my passion for this sport and bring it to Bahrain in an organised way.


What can people expect from the Calisthenics event and how will it stand out from other happenings in Bahrain?


WCO is known for doing individual competitions called Battle of the Bars 1-7 around the world but no one has ever done a team competition with representatives from each country and that’s what we decided to do together when we formed the CWC.

 

Who is organising the event and why Bahrain?


Together with Gallure and the World Calisthenics Organisation (WCO), we decided to put on this event. While the sport is already very popular around the world it is rapidly gathering momentum in Bahrain, with athletes finding the flexibility of it attractive.


How can people take part?


Qualification for the event involves teams registering online with a video of their skills – organisers and judges then shortlist the team per country. Fans can then go on the CWC website and vote for their favourite team. The event is open to men and women aged 19 and above.

GO: The Calisthenics World Cup takes place from November 12 to 13. Visit www.calisthenicsworldcup.com for more information.