Acrobatic Gymnastics in the spotlight at SportAccord convention in Lausanne19/04/2016
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, April 19, 2016 -- Fresh off their golden performances at the Acrobatic Gymnastics Worlds in Putian, China, two World champion Acrobatic Groups will demonstrate the beauty and technical merit of their craft before the eyes of the sports public at the SportAccord convention opening ceremony Tuesday in Lausanne.
Between presentations from the celebrated Béjart Ballet of Lausanne, the Russian Women’s Trio and the Chinese Men’s Gorup will take part in the festivities, which gathers more than 100 international sports federations, both Olympic and non-Olympic, for several days of meetings and exchanges.
"It is important to us to increase the visibility of Acrobatic Gymnastics," FIG President Bruno Grandi said during the recent Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships, which concluded April 4 in Putian, China. "It's easier to convince IOC members that Acrobatic Gymnastics deserves a place in the Olympic Games if we can open this small door and show them what a fantastic sport it is."
The Chinese Men's Group at the 2016 Worlds in Putian
The FIG has been organising coaches education programmes and channeling funding through its continental unions for the development of Acro all over the world. "We are in close discussions with the IOC and are trying our best to possibly lead this sport to the Youth Olympic Games," said FIG Secretary General André Gueisbuhler. The next step, according to the FIG, is to show the discipline off -- "And I am sure your Men's Group will have the necessary effect," he told the Chinese media assembled in Putian.
Twenty one nations, including first-time participant Iran, took part at the World Championships, which are held every two years, but 34 competed in the World Age Group competitions, reserved for junior gymnasts.
"Everyone loves Acro as soon as they know what it is," said Rosy Taeymans, President of the FIG Acrobatic Technical Committee. "The problem is that most people don't know what it is."
Grandi announced plans to select a Mixed Pair, a Men's Group and a Trio to perform at the FIG Gala at this summer's Olympics in Rio. "We will use the opportunity to show the beauty of this sport to the whole Olympic movement," he said.
The Russian Women's Trio at the 2016 Worlds