Israel’s top gymnast Alex Shatilov will begin his participation at the European Games on Sunday afternoon after admitting he was overcome with emotion when carrying the Israel flag at Friday’s opening ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Shatilov will compete in the pommel horse, still rings and floor exercise in the first half of his qualifying campaign on Sunday before performing in the vault, parallel bars and high bar on Monday.
“This is the first time this year that I’m taking part in an all-around competition in a big event and I’m doing so to prepare for October’s World Championships in Glasgow,” said Shatilov, who was extremely excited at being Israel’s flag bearer on Friday. “I was euphoric. As soon as they said the word Israel and I entered the stadium I felt that the entire world was looking at me. I didn’t know what to expect and I felt elated.”