Since 2001, the city of Holon has been hosting the Grand Prix tournament in rhythmic gymnastics, a prestigious international contest. This circuit of competitions is held every year in 10 major European cities, with Holon the only non-European city in which it takes place.
Countries participating are Russian, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Spain, Finland, Cyprus, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Latvia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Poland and Israel.
The competition in Holon attracts the best gymnasts in the world, and garners a great deal of attention from lovers of this amazing sport. Meanwhile, over the years Holon has itself turned into a leader in rhythmic gymnastics. Its municipal gymnastics club has been and is a hothouse for generations of Israeli champions, among them Olympic gymnast Irina Risenzon, the highest-placing Israeli gymnast ever.
Holon has around 500 gymnasts in amateur clubs and some 100 on the competitive track, who compete both domestically and internationally.
The Grand Prix events are produced by the Holon Sports Department, which succeeds in bringing representatives of more than 20 countries to Israel every year.
Anna Basanova, Grand Prix 2010, Photo: Barny Thierolf