it is played all over the world at the summer olimpices it is a major sport
Many people associate gymnastics with flexibility. Girls are generally more flexible than boys so they think that boys can't do gymnastics. Actually gymnastics is more about your strength and ability to endure.
The International Gymnastics Federation first accepted rythmic gymnastics as a sport in 1962. In 1963 it had its first world championships. In 1984 it was in the Olympics as an individual sport and in 1996 as a team sport.