32nd Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships has started in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Championships runs until September 1, reports ForUm.

The geography of participants spans the globe: the competition gathered some 300 athletes from 59 countries. Grand gala concert featuring well-known stars was held during the opening of the championship.

According to the President’s press service, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has congratulated the participants and guests of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2013.

"I sincerely congratulate you on the opening of the 32nd Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, which will be held in Kyiv. Ukraine welcomes the best gymnasts from 59 world countries, reflecting the high prestige and recognition of the achievements of our athletes in the world," the statement says.