New code, other changes discussed at FIG Acro Technical Committee meeting in Bulgaria10/04/2015
A new code of points for the next Olympic cycle was the hot topic at the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee at their meeting last week in Pravets (BUL).
The FIG Acrobatic Technical Committee in Pravets (BUL).
"The main focus of the meeting has been on developing the new code of points and tables for difficulty for the 2017-2020 cycle," reported TC member Karl Wharton. "This has involved reviewing and discussing the rules for both the competition of the exercises, technical and artistic judging and the competition structures, as well as general Technical Committee business."
Even with a loyal online following and attention on the discipline after top gymnasts performed on America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent (and will be this coming weekend, in finals on Portugal's Got Talent), Acro struggles to get a share of the prestige normally reserved for Olympic sports. TC President Rosy Taeymans (BEL) remains hopeful that one day the discipline will be included in the Games, though it is more likely to be part of the Youth Olympic Games first, she says.
In the meantime, the TC is seeking to refine its code, seeking to balance out the surging difficulty seen in recent years, allowing gymnasts to focus on Artistry.
“Acro just had is first World Cup in Portugal with the limitation of elements rule,” Taeymans reported. “This was a good change! The Technical Committee is evaluating the impact on the exercises and will decide what more is necessary to change to bring all criteria more in balance.”