Rhythmic Gymnastics is a quite recent discipline,
born at the end of 19th and at the beginning of the 20th centuries
as expression of the movement, basing on the ideas of Noverre, Delsart and Bode.
It became a competitive sport in the Soviet Union,
where the first national championship was held in 1942.
The International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) recognized this discipline in 1961,
first as modern gymnastics, then as rhythmic sportive gymnastics,
and finally as rhythmic gymnastics.
The first World Championship was in Budapest in 1963, only for individuals;
the group competition was added in 1967 in the World Championship of Copenhagen.
Rhythmic Gymnastics was introduced in the Olympic programme
in Los Angeles 1984 only with the individual competition,
and in Atlanta 1996 also with the group competition.