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Thinking about the Rhythmic Gymnastics of tomorrow

How can Rhythmic Gymnastics develop into a sport which is more easily enjoyed and understood by the largest possible audience? This is the long-term project launched on Friday by FIG President Morinari Watanabe as he gathered several great champions and FIG sports experts around the table in Lausanne to reflect on the reforms that could be made to usher in a new century for Rhythmic Gymnastics.

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Statement from FIG President Morinari Watanabe regarding US abuse cases

Please find here a statement from FIG President Morinari Watanabe following the 132nd IOC session in Pyeonchang.

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A promising step forward for Parkour development

Please find here a joint press release from the International Gymnastics Federation and the International Parkour Federation.

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Statement from FIG President regarding sexual abuse scandal in the USA

Please find here the statement from FIG President Morinari Watanabe regarding the sexual abuse scandal in the USA.

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Draw is out for the 2018 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp

The 2018 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, are looming. With less than two months to go before the big event of the Acrobatic season, the draw determining the order in which gymnasts will compete was held on 23 January at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

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FIG President receives the new UEG President

FIG President Morinari Watanabe and the new President of the European Gymnastics Union (UEG), Farid Gayibov (left), laid the ground for a future solid collaboration during a meeting at the International Federation headquarters in Lausanne on Monday 22 January.

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"Innovation !" - 2018 slogan for the Gymnastics community

After "Challenge" in 2017, FIG President Morinari Watanabe has chosen "Innovation" as the new slogan for the Gymnastics family this year.

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Thank you !

In a letter adressed to the Gymnastics community, FIG President Morinari Watanabe expresses his gratitude to all the stakeholders who have contributed to promote the sport this year.

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FIG President meets new USA Gymnastics CEO

FIG President Morinari Watanabe met Kerry Perry, the new President and CEO of USA Gymnastics, at the U.S. federation’s headquarters in Indianapolis to voice the International Gymnastics Federation’s support of USA Gymnastics, understand her vision and goals, especially regarding safe sport, and talk about the partnership between the two governing bodies.

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FIG President named Honorary Professor at National Sports Academy in Bulgaria

FIG President Morinari Watanabe was made an Honorary Professor of the prestigious National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” in Sofia (BUL), where he spent two academic years as a Japanese foreign student in the early 80s, on Monday.

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FIG and Fujitsu to collaborate on building a judging support system for Artistic Gymnastics competitions

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), which regulates Gymnastics disciplines internationally, and Fujitsu Limited today announced that they have agreed to collaborate on implementing a judging support system for Artistic Gymnastics competitions.

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Alina Kabaeva announced as Gymnastics Ambassador for the 2017 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is pleased to announce that 2004 Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva (RUS) will be the Gymnastics Ambassador for the 35th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Pesaro, Italy, 30 August to 3 September 2017.

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Morinari Watanabe and Nellie Kim honoured in Belarus

FIG President Morinari Watanabe, who was in Minsk to attend the Rhythmic World Challenge Cup August 5-6, and FIG Vice President Nellie Kim were received by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is also President of the Belarus Olympic Committee.

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Main decisions from the FIG Executive Committee meeting in Tonsberg (NOR)

The FIG Executive Committee held its third meeting of the year in Tonsberg (NOR) July 27-29. Please find here the summary of the main information and decisions.

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FIG President visits Portuguese Gymnastics festival in Faro

Portugal, one the most active member Federations in terms of organizing competitions, received the visit this week of FIG President Morinari Watanabe, who could feel the growing enthusiasm for the sport at the National Gymnastics Festival in Faro, in the south coast of the country.

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Update on the development of Parkour as a new FIG discipline

The development process of Parkour as a new FIG discipline successfully passed two key stages with the organization of a first FIG Obstacle Course Cup in Montpellier (FRA) and the discussions held in order to implement the roadmap unanimously approved by the Executive Committee and the Council in Baku (AZE) last month.

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FIG President sees German Gymnastics Festival as “role model” for world

Berlin is vibrating this week to the beat of the German “Turnfest”, one of the biggest Gymnastics festivals in the world, which has drawn an estimated 80,000 participants to the German capital with its mix of competitions and show acts. FIG President Morinari Watanabe was wowed by the large scope of the eight-day celebration and hailed it as a striking example of how to engage people of all ages in sport.

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The FIG commits to developing a Duty of Care Code

As a clear sign of its strong commitment to the protection of gymnasts, the FIG will develop a “Duty of Care Code” which sets up all the policies and procedures regarding misconduct in the Gymnastics world, ranging from prevention and education to reporting, investigation and sanctions.

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First FIG Obstacle Course Cup at FISE in Montpellier a huge success

FIG’s first Obstacle Course Cup, held in Montpellier (FRA) at the FISE festival on 28 May proved a huge success, bringing smiles to the faces of athletes, spectators and students of Parkour alike. During the event, hundreds of people of all ages were introduced to Parkour through dedicated classes in a dedicated place within the festival. Meanwhile, speed and freestyle competitions demonstrated the very highest levels of athleticism and artistic creativity.

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FIG President and Parkour founders on the same wavelength

FIG President Morinari Watanabe met Parkour founder David Belle and his friend and partner Charles Perrière, Thursday and Friday in Paris, strengthening the links between the three, and establishing a bond of friendship, as part of the process of developing a new discipline within the federation, inspired by Parkour and respectful of its history and philosophy.

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FIG decision-making bodies greenlight inclusion of a new discipline

Meeting in Baku (AZE) last week, the FIG’s decision-making bodies gave their in-principle approval for the inclusion of a new FIG discipline based on obstacle course competitions.

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VTB and the FIG renew their partnership for 2017

Russian bank VTB has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) for 2017, extending a support that has been in place since 2009.

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Baku rolls out the red carpet for the FIG Council

As the International Gymnastics Federation prepares to hold its annual Council in Baku May 6-7, the Azerbaijani capital is going big to welcome its hosts, continuing to forge its reputation as one of the new hotspots for sporting events.

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FIG President praises Cuban gymnasts in Havana

After attending the Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Romania, FIG President Morinari Watanabe flew this week to Havana to meet young Cuban gymnasts, like Olympian Manrique Larduet, who embody the outstanding performances by the island on the international stage.

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Morinari Watanabe and Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist named members of IOC Commissions

FIG President Morinari Watanabe and Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist, Gymnastics for All Committe President, are among sport leaders who have been appointed to an International Olympic Commission for 2017.

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Morinari Watanabe joins the IOC’s newly launched Gender Equality Review Project

FIG President Morinari Watanabe has accepted an invitation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to join its newly launched Gender Equality Review Project as a member of its Working Group. The invitation was extended last week by Lydia Nsekera, Chair of the Women in Sport Commission, and Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the Athletes’ Commission.

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FIG Commissions and members for the 2017-2020 cycle

FIG President Morinari Watanabe has revealed the composition of the new FIG Commissions, whose role is to guide and support the International Gymnastics Federation in its sporting and development mission during the 2017- 2020 Olympic cycle.

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Nellie Kim and Slava Corn represent FIG at the IF Women in Leadership Forum

Two high-profile women from the FIG, Nellie Kim and Slava Corn, took part at the International Federation Women in Leadership Forum, jointly organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) this week in Lausanne (SUI).

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Seven months before Artistic Gymnastics Worlds, FIG President visits Montreal

FIG President Morinari Watanabe was in Montreal March 6 and 7 to visit the Olympic Stadium where the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will be held October 2-8 and discuss preparations for this big event with Canadian organisers.

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FIG President visits young gymnasts in Indonesia

While Jakarta prepares to host the 18th Asian Games next year, FIG President Morinari Watanabe visited young gymnasts at the Indonesian capital’s main club last weekend.

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Read the latest 'World of Gymnastics' Magazine, online now!

The cover features IOC President Thomas Bach with FIG Presidents Bruno Grandi and Morinari Watanabe at the inauguration of the new FIG Headquarters December 6 in Lausanne.

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FIG President visits national Artistic Gymnastics training centre in Russia

FIG President Morinari Watanabe visited the Russian national Artistic Gymnastics training centre outside of Moscow on January 20, with the Russian Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov and Vasily Titov, Russian Gymnastics Federation President and FIG Vice President.

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President Watanabe: “I want New Zealand’s Gymnastics to grow tall, like its beautiful trees”

Two weeks after officially taking the helm of the FIG, new President Morinari Watanabe made his first visit to a member federation in his new role with a trip on January 14 to New Zealand, where an Academy in Artistic Gymnastics was being held in Auckland.

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"Challenge!" - New Year's Greetings from Morinari Watanabe

FIG President Morinari Watanabe proposes "Challenge" as the slogan of the 2017 gymnastics family.

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Before bowing out, FIG President Bruno Grandi presents his best wishes

As the end of 2016 approaches, it is time for me to bow out after 20 years of presidency. I do this with some nostalgia, but also with a certain pride at leaving my successor, Morinari Watanabe, the keys to what I consider to be a solid federation.

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'Zero tolerance' for sexual abuse and harassment in Gymnastics

The protection of children and young athletes is fundamental to our sport. While the FIG is very concerned by recent media reports alleging child sexual abuse in U.S. gyms, the FIG is confident that USA Gymnastics is taking the necessary steps to prevent further such cases and is undertaking all possible efforts to review its policies and cooperate with relevant authorities in this serious matter.

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FIG President: 'Shock and sadness' following fatal bus accident involving gymnasts in Russia

FIG President Bruno Grandi expressed his shock and profound sadness at the tragic news of a fatal road accident involving a bus transporting 31 young Russian Acrobatic Gymnasts and three coaches on December 4 in Russia.

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The FIG enters a new cycle with Morinari Watanabe as President

Morinari Watanabe (JPN) was named as the next President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Wednesday after a landslide election victory at the FIG Congress in Tokyo.

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Bruno Grandi on Vera Caslavska: 'A legend of gymnastics has left us'

FIG President Bruno Grandi expresses his deep sadness following the death of Vera Caslavska.

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Samir Ait Said: 'Even amidst my misfortune, it was an extraordinary moment'

FIG President Bruno Grandi visited French gymnast Samir Ait Said at the hospital Sunday, one day after his heartbreaking fall on Vault during men’s qualification at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 2013 European champion on Still Rings, who sustained an open double fracture of the tibia and fibula, underwent a successful surgery at the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro and will be released on Monday.

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Two candidates standing for FIG Presidency

The International Gymnastics Federation has received two candidacies in view of the upcoming FIG Presidential election in October.

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As Rio approaches, FIG President Bruno Grandi confident in judges, scoring system

Gymnastics's coherent code of points and improved accuracy in judging has the FIG President 'serene' going into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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