FIG Executive Committee Official News
by Mr André F. GUEISBUHLER, FIG Secretary General
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, November 28, 2013: The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) publishes the main decisions taken by its Executive Committee during its scheduled meeting, November 21 - 22, 2013, at the federation's head office in Lausanne (SUI).
- Due to a natural disaster that struck the Philippines, the FIG Foundation Council will consider bringing aid to the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines;
- Said Foundation Council has confirmed the allocation of scholarships. A total of US$ 60,000 is available;
- The President informed that the new Athletes’ Commission is now complete, and will meet in Lausanne on January 24, 2014 to elect a President. It is made up of:
Elisabeth Tweddle MBE
Aldrin Rodriguez Garcia
- The FIG President met with a delegation from Australia and New Zealand to discuss the possible founding of a Continental Union of Oceania (OCE);
- The Executive Committee has decided to study the restructuring its Olympic contingent for Rhythmic Gymnastics, bringing from 6 to 5 the number of gymnasts in a group, which would allow for 14 instead of 12 groups to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro;
- The Executive unanimously decided to revamp the entire IRCOS system. A 2.45 million CHF wallet is allocated for the project over an 8-year period;
- The Executive took note of the Central African Gymnastics Federation’s (CAF) candidacy for the status of associated federation, as well as the readmission of Sudan (SUD) as an affiliated federation. These two points remain to be confirmed by the FIG Council in May 2014 in Kuwait City (KUW), and by the General Assembly in Tashkent (UZB) in October 2014;
- The “World Class Gymnasts” regulation has been extended to include the Aerobic Dance and Aerobic Step categories. Results from the 2013 World Games in Cali (COL) and the 2012 World Championships in Sofia (BUL) will count retroactively;
- The concept of a gift in the “FIG Code of Ethics” has been brought into compliance with the current IOC document. Starting today, all infractions will be brought before the FIG Disciplinary Commission;
- Following the October 2013 Symposium on calendar coordination and the new Olympic qualifying system, the Executive has examined the desired trajectories. A working group will meet in January 2014 to finalise proposals that will then be submitted to the Executive and FIG Council;
- At the close of the three world championships held in 2013, the Medical Commission informed that in terms of accidents, this year showed the lowest number of accidents over the past twenty years;
- From 2011 – 2013, the Medical Commission conducted 950 antidoping tests. Three positive, venial cases were recorded in all (furosemide, cannabis, stimulant);
- The Gymnastics for All Committee, in collaboration with British Gymnastics, will hold a Symposium on gymnastics for the disabled under the non-competitive Gymnastics for All umbrella;
- Organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) have secured the services of Ms Naomi Valenzo (MEX), FIG Women’s Technical Committee Vice-President, for the position of Director of Gymnastics Competitions. The same organisers have confirmed the organisation of a gymnastics Gala;
- The 30th Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships 2014 will be held in Daytona Beach (USA), November 7 - 9;
- The 13th Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships 2014 are slated for June 27 – 29 in Cancun (MEX);
- The 24th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships 2014 will be held in Levallois (FRA), July 10 - 12;
- Finnish organisers of the 15th World Gymnaestrada in Helsinki report 21,000 registered participants to date;
- Change in nationality:
De JESUS Sophina
HERNANDEZ RECALDE Angel
HERNANDEZ RECALDE Katish
PLUZHNIKOV Konstantin Sergey
- At the close of the 2013 Artistic worlds, the Men’s and Women’s Technical Committees submitted various changes to the codes of points for Executive Committee approval. These modifications will come into force as of May 1, 2014;
- Following the World Games in Cali, the Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee proposed modifications to its code of points, proposals which were accepted by the Executive and which will come into force as of May 1, 2014;
- The Executive gave the Presidential Board the power to accept modifications to the Rhythmic Gymnastics code of points at its January 2014 meeting. These changes will be valid for the 2014 Rhythmic worlds in Izmir (TUR);
- Members reviewed the competitions programme for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (BRA);
- The Executive approved judge selection criteria for the 2014 YOG;
- The FIG President set up a working group to examine the negotiation and validation procedure for all television and marketing contracts. The working group is composed of Vasily Titov (RUS - President), Morinari Watanabe (JPN) and Georges Guelzec (FRA), Members;
- Members of the Executive modified the Specific Judges’ Rules for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, which will allow some ten judges to obtain a category 1 brevet.
The next FIG Executive Committee meeting will be held at the FIG head office in Lausanne (SUI), February 27 – 28, 2014.
Lausanne (SUI), FIG Office, November 22, 2013: On November 22, Acrobatic Gymnastics celebrates the 40th anniversary of its foundation in 1973. The anniversary was recognised Friday morning by FIG President Prof. Bruno Grandi (ITA), in his opening remarks on the second day of the meeting of the FIG Executive Committee at its seat in Lausanne (SUI).
It was on November 22, 1973 that IFSA (International Federation of Sports Acrobatics) was created in Moscow (RUS). IFSA counted 54 national federations among its members before merging with the FIG in 1999, becoming Acrobatic Gymnastics.
The discipline, whose technical committee is presided over today by Rosy Taeymans (BEL - photo), has continued its development on all five continents and has become well known, in part thanks to social media, where videos of the World Championships have made acrobatic fans by the thousands. Performances at the 2012 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Orlando (USA), featuring the popular mixed pairs and women's trio groups, have surpassed more than one million views on the FIG's Youtube channel.
The FIG Executive Committee also took a moment to remember Patricia Wade (GBR), a former President of Acrobatic Technical Committee who passed away in 2010. For the first time this year, British Gymnastics has organised a tournament in her memory, The Pat Wade Classic, which will be held November 23 and 24 in Stoke on Trent (GBR).
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG /UEG Offices, November 19, 2013: The Slovak Gymnastics Federation has just celebrated its 60th birthday. About 250 people came together to celebrate this occasion in the historical center of Banská Bystrica, in the heart of the country.
Guests of Mr. Jan Novak, President of the National Gymnastics Federation, included Mr. Bruno Grandi (ITA) and Mr. Georges Guelzec (FRA), Presidents of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and the European Union (UEG), respectively, who wished to mark this occasion in the gymnastics life of the country with their presence.
Both were delighted to meet Mrs. Vera Čáslavská, now 71 years old, one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of artistic gymnastics and a real star in her country; she won seven Olympic titles during her illustrous career.
She was also a member of the UEG Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee. The UEG President and the Director, Ms. Kirsi Erofejeff-Engman (FIN), were also pleased to meet Mrs. Lubica Risova, former President of the UEG Women’s Technical Committee. Both are now Honorary Members of the European Union of Gymnastics.
During the official event, different personalities took the floor, including Mr. Dušan Čaplovič, Slovak Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Mr. Peter Gogola, Mayor of Banska Bystrica, and Presidents Grandi, Guelzec and Novak, who explained the history of the federation and received the rapt attention of the guests present. Afterwards, guests were treated to performances from groups of local gymnasts.
From left to right : Kirsi Erofejeff-Engman, André F. Gueisbuhler, Bruno Grandi, The Mayor of Banska Bystrica Mr Peter Gogola, Vera Caslavska, Georges Guelzec, Jan Novak. (Picture Andrej Brummer)
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG Office, November 13, 2013: Members of the Mediterranean Gymnastics Confederation (CoMeGym) held their ordinary general assembly in the presence of their President, Dr Michel Léglise (FRA) on October 18-19, 2013, in the Sicilian city of Ragusa (ITA). In his opening address, the President extended wishes for success on behalf of Prof. Bruno Grandi (ITA), the FIG President.
Of the decisions taken by the assembly, it is worth noting organisation of the 1st Mediterranean Junior Championships in Artistic Gymnastics, scheduled to take place in Ragusa on September 4 – 8, 2014. To this end, CoMeGym has designated an organising committee and drawn up a provisional work plan.
The Mediterranean Gymnastics Confederation was founded in 2010 and is recognised by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and Mediterranean Games Association, which counts 23 affiliated federations, unfortunately only a few of whose delegates appear below.
Left to right: Gianfranco Marzolla (ITA), delegate and Executive member of the European Gymnastics Union (UEG); Rosario Cintolo, Director of Sport School in Ragusa, an establishment affiliated to the Italian National Olympic Committee, (CONI); Lamia Sakr (EGY), Director of Development for CoMeGym; Dr Michel Léglise, President of CoMeGym and Vice-President of the FIG; Riccardo Agabio, President of the Italian Gymnastics Federation; Cristina Casentini, Vice-President of CoMeGym and member of the UEG Executive Committee; Roberto Desantis (MLT) and Snezana Lakicevic (SRB), members of a CoMeGym Executive Board.
10th Junior and 26th Senior European Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics
Odivelas (POR), October 18 – 27, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, October 18, 2013: The 7th European Age Group Games (EAGG) in Acrobatic Gymnastics will take place in Odivelas (POR) from October 18-20, 2013, followed by the 26th Senior and 10th Junior European Championships (ECh), from October 23-27.
Some 527 gymnasts aged 11 upwards and representing 22 national federations will line up in a variety of categories – Women’s Pair, Men’s Pair, Mixed Pair, Women’s and Men’s Groups – to present their “Balance”, “Dynamic” and “Combined” routines in Odivelas.
At the European Age Group Games, gymnasts will compete over three competition days in two separate categories: first the 11-16 group, followed by 12-18. Boys and girls of these two age groups will perform one Balance and one Dynamic routine during qualifying and the top eight groups in each category will advance to the finals.
In the finals, the 11-16-year-olds will perform one routine, either Balance or Dynamic, whereas the 12-18-year-olds must present one combined routine. The pair or group with the highest score in this last routine will be declared European Age Group winners.
The same qualification format applies to the European Championships, where junior and senior gymnasts perform one Balance and one Dynamic routine.
For the All-around final on Friday, October 25, the competitors will present their combined exercise, whose score will be added to the one obtained in qualification. For each category, the competitors with the highest total score will be declared European champions.
The Balance and Dynamic Individual Finals will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27.
There are a good number of winners and medallists from the 2011 European and 2012 World Championships competing at this event to defend their title or rank:
KIM/DUBROVINA (RUS) – silver medal at the ECh 2011
DUDCHENKO/PILIPCHUK (RUS) – gold medal at the ECh 2011 and the WCh 2012
ROQUE*/OLIVEIRA (POR) – *gold medal at the ECh 2011 together with a different partner
GURGENIDZE*/CHERNOVA (RUS) – *silver medal at the ECh 2011 and at the WCh 2012 together with a different partner
BATUYEVA/IASYNSKYI (UKR) – bronze medal at the WCh 2012
IVANOVA/KIROV (BUL) – bronze medal at the ECh 2011
SHAIKHUTDINOVA/STROYNOVA/LOGINOVA (RUS) – gold medal at the ECh 2011 and WCh 2012
KOBYZEVA/KOVALENKO/KHRYPACH (BLR) – bronze medal at the ECh 2011 and WCh 2012
CHETVERKIN/BRYZGALOV/CHULKOV/KURASOV (RUS) – silver medal at the ECh 2011 and bronze medal at the WCh 2012 with a slightly different composition of the group in two cases.
18 October: European Age Group Games – Qualifications
19 October: European Age Group Games – Qualifications
Antwerp (BEL) / FIG Office, 4 October 2013 : Jani Tanskanen (FIN), incumbent President and Elizabeth Tweddle (GBR) will represent respectively the male and female gymnasts within the Athletes’ Commission of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) for the period 2013 – 2016. It was thus decided yesterday and today by the gymnasts who are currently participating in the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, taking place in Antwerp (BEL).
From the left: Wolfgang Willam (EC Member), Prof. Bruno Grandi (FIG President), Jani Tanskanen (MAG representative), Steve Butcher (MTC President), André F. Gueisbuhler (FIG Secr. Gen.).
The new Commission
Recently elected representatives from Rhythmic, Aerobic and Acrobatic gymnastics respectively, Lioubou Charkashina (BLR), Aldrin Rodriguez (MEX) and Ayla Ahmadova (AZE) form the Athletes’ Commission which will be completed by the representative from Trampoline who will be elected in November this year, during the 29th World Championships of the discipline, in Sofia (BUL). Today only one candidate has been registered, Nuno Merino from Portugal. The new Commission will then meet all together to elect its President.
From the left: Slava Corn (FIG vice-President), Prof. Bruno Grandi (FIG President), Elisabeth Tweddle (WAG representative), Nellie Kim (WTC President).
The members of the Athletes’ Commission are also members of their respective Technical Committees, with voting rights. The same applies for the President who serves on the Executive Committee and the FIG Board. This body was created in 1999, during the Extraordinary Congress of the Federation in Tianjin (CHN).
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG Office, September 18, 2013: With the close of its annual general assembly in the capital city of Amman on August 31, 2013, the Jordan Gymnastics Federation elected new governing authorities.
An elective assembly appointed a new board consisting of Her Royal Highness Princess Rahmabint El Hassan, President, Nuha Hattar, Secretary General, and members Engineer Saleh Ghwari, Dr Rashad Zoubi, Mr Waleed Alaskr, Mr Adel Odeh and Ms Rania Omaish. The election was held in the presence of the National Olympic Committee members invited to supervise the voting process.
The assembly statutorily approved various submissions, such as the 2012 financial and administrative report, minutes from the last assembly and a project plan for 2013.
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, September 11, 2013: Panama hosted the second Spanish language FIG Academy for Acrobatic Gymnastics in Panama City in the first week of September. It was only the eighth Academy for that discipline and the 149th overall. Panama has now hosted an Academy for the first time and becomes the fifty-third FIG member federation to do so.
Twenty-one coaches representing six countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico – participated in this the Academy.
This Academy was funded by the FIG Development Fund for the Pan-American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) and all Spanish speaking FIG member federations were invited. There is now increasing activity in PAGU in this discipline and many of the participating countries plan on hosting a national championship for the first time in 2014.
The conclusion of this Acrobatics Academy also achieved an enormous landmark for the FIG Academy Programme. There have now been over 4.000 participations (4011) including some who have attended several levels of the Academy programme. And, over 2.200 different coaches (2203) from 112 countries have participated.
The course leader in Panama was Andrea João of Brazil who has served as FIG expert at Academies in all disciplines. She taught most of the theory lectures and artistic preparation. Two other experts came to teach at this Academy from Portugal - Lourenço França and Vanda Videira who both coach the Portuguese National Team and had earned an FIG Coaching brevet a few years ago.
The three-part examination proved quite challenging because not many participants were very familiar with this discipline. However, most achieved satisfactory results and some received excellent results. The highest results were achieved by Axel Eduardo Ruiz Lopez of Mexico with 88% overall. The next two highest results went to Jaime Antonio Perez Moreira of Panama and Sheerimar Garcia of Puerto Rico.
Thanks go to the Panama Gymnastics Federation and to Camilo Amado, the President of the Panama Gymnastics Federation and President of the Panama Olympic Committee for providing everything necessary to host this camp successfully. Thanks also for the constant hard work before and during the academy of Teresita Medrano.
The Academy in Panama overlapped with a Level 2 Academy for Artistic Gymnastics in the Dominican Republic and a Level 1 for Trampoline Gymnastics in Chile.
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, August 30, 2013: The International Olympic Committee has just published a compelling study on female participation in the Olympic Games. The document takes on particular importance for federations like FIG, whose gymnast pool boasts a female majority. Furthermore, in London 2012 and for the first time in Olympic history, women participated in every sport! Statistics say that out of 10,568 athletes, 4,676 were women. In total, 35 national committees – including Russia, China, and the USA – counted more women than men. Also worth mentioning is that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei Darussalam accredited women for the first time. And since 1991, a sport wishing to be included on the Olympic programme must feature women’s events.
Statistics also show that this heightened female participation can be seen on the Organising Committee (LOCOG), whose various departments (Communication, Human Resources, Finance, Legal) registered female participation at 60%. In addition, 54% of the thousands of volunteers were women.
If in the year 1900 the Olympic Games in Paris counted 22 female athletes, the number increased drastically until Mexico 1968, when it peaked at 781. Four years later in Munich, a 1,059 total broke the record! After that, a constant eruption: 2,200 in 1988, 3,500 in 1996, 4,300 in 2004, and as mentioned earlier, 4,676 in 2012. With regard to podiums – also in London – consider that of 962 medals on the table, 430 went to women.
Where does FIG figure in all that?
The International Gymnastics Federation boasts one of the highest numbers with 210 women of a total 324 gymnasts at the Games. It is important to note that the IOC outdid the FIG when it welcomed women to the Olympic Games as early as 1928 in Amsterdam, while their participation in world championship events dates back to Budapest 1934 only!
While female participation in the OG continues to grow in the stadiums and arenas – reaching 44% of the total participation – they stall in press halls at a mere 19% of 20,421 accreditations issued in London.
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG Office, August 7, 2013: Following the discovery of irregularities during the MAG judges’ course in Bucharest (ROU) on February 11-13, 2013, and the resulting commencement of disciplinary proceedings on 24 May 2013 FIG Disciplinary Commission has now finalised its decision.
All of the results obtained by the judge, Mr Dragos Birzu (ROU) are hereby revoked. As a result, Mr Birzu will be required to complete the course again and resit the examination in order to renew his brevet.
Similarly, the MAG expert, Mr Istvan Karacsony (HUN) has been suspended from participation in all FIG events until 31 December 2014. Moreover, his title of Honorary Member of the FIG has been rescinded.
In accordance with current procedure, the individuals in question shall have the right to appeal to the FIG Appeals Tribunal within 21 days of notification of this ruling.
USA Gymnastics announces first Global Ambassador Program recipients
(from USA Gymnastics Media Office)
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG Office, Indianapolis (USA), Aug. 6, 2013 – USA Gymnastics announced today that Bermuda, Denmark, Panama and South Africa will receive support through the Global Ambassador Program, which was announced in 2012 and is designed to assist countries with the development of gymnastics worldwide.
“USA Gymnastics received a number of quality requests, and we are going to work to build this program over time,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "These four countries had well-defined programs and needs that we felt could have an immediate impact on their athlete development pipelines. And, each will help provide examples of how we can aid other countries. We are confident this is a great start for this program, and look forward to working with other countries on how we can assist them as well.”
In partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), AAI and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), the USA Gymnastics Global Ambassador Program will provide U.S. athletes and coaches as consultants on a request basis to developing countries to stimulate the growth of the sport and athlete development at many levels. AAI, a long-time partner of USA Gymnastics, will assist with equipment requests for approved Global Ambassador Program partners. Developing countries are those that are not yet competing in the World Championships on a frequent basis and/or those that could use help promoting the sport to achieve more awareness and growth.
CALI (COL), FIG Office, July 31, 2013: The Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics event at The World Games 2013 Cali concluded after the third competition day on Wednesday at El Pueblo Coliseum. On the programme were qualifications and finals in Women’s Synchronised Trampoline, Men’s and Women’s Double Mini-Trampoline, as well as Acrobatic Gymnastics Men’s Groups.
The Women’s Synchronised Trampoline event saw Great Britain’s Amanda PARKER and Katherine DRISCOLL tie with China’s ZHONG Xingping and LI Dan for the World Games title, while Bruno MARTINI of Brazil and Svetlana BALANDINA of Russia won the men’s and women’s Double Mini-Trampoline competitions respectively. China prevailed in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Men’s Group category.
Women’s Double Mini-Trampoline
Reigning World Champion Svetlana Balandina of Russia qualified only in sixth rank, boasting the highest execution and the best overall qualifying score for her first pass, but struggling with her second. In the final, the 32-year-old gymnast showed all her experience, leaving her challengers in her wake with two difficult and cleanly executed passes. Top qualifier Corissa Boychuk, a former World Champion, also put in an overall consistent performance matching all but one of Balandina’s final values for execution and difficulty, which won the Canadian the Silver. Clean passes and the performance with the highest difficulty of the day earned Portugal’s Silvia Saiote the Bronze. She narrowly outscored Brazilian Mariana Carvalho de Aquino, who faced problems during the preliminaries, where she ranked last.
South Africa’s Bianca Zoonekynd performed two difficult passes to rank second in qualifying, but she failed to show her best in the final, finishing seventh.
Canadians Denis Vachon and Keegan Soehn impressed with excellent performances in the preliminaries, taking first and second place respectively. With the rules allowing only one gymnast per country in the final, however, only Vachon advanced to the latter stages, where he finished a disappointing fifth.
World Champion Bruno Martini was not up to his usual standard in qualification, but he came back strongly in the final to take the World Games title. Both of his final passes were brilliant, marking the competition’s highest difficulty values. Qualified in third place, 20-year-old Mikhail Zalomin of Russia took a deserved Silver with an overall remarkable performance. Finally, André Lico, who hurt himself during his first pass in the preliminaries and consequently abandoned the second, produced the pass with the second highest difficulty value of the competition to win the Bronze.
The women’s Synchronised Trampoline qualifications were marked by the impressive synchronisation of both the Ukrainian pair of Maryna Kyiko and Nataliia Moskvina (UKR) and Czech Republic’s Zita Frydrychova and Sandra Opalecka. Rosie MacLennan and Samantha Sendel’s (CAN) two routines featured the highest and lowest (0) difficulty values, while Xingping Zhong and Li Dan (CHN) scored high in execution in their first routine, but failed in their second.
The finals started from zero with new chances for all pairs. The World Champions from China then performed up to their marks again and came out on top. However, they were soon joined by Great Britain’s Amanda Parker and Katherine Driscoll, who stunned the crowd with flawless synchronisation and tied in first place for the Gold. Ukraine played safe with less difficulty than the first placed, but their clean routine scored high on synchronisation again to win them the Bronze. Canada had some timing issues and Russia failed to complete their routine.
While the Men’s Group qualifications saw a fall from Ukraine and significant deductions for the Balance exercises of Belgium and Belarus, the three groups redeemed themselves with their Dynamic exercise performances. With an impressive artistic value, Belgium climbed from fifth to fourth place to qualify for the final that took place without Belarus. Top qualifiers China and Russia played in a league of their own, boasting massive difficulty and thrilling the audience with their spectacular pyramids and moves.
The final was free of penalties for all groups, but it was again China and Russia that produced the most stunning performances. In the end, a .21 margin was the difference between Gold and Silver, with the Chinese having the advantage. Ukraine outscored Belgium to proudly take the Bronze.
The Gymnastics events at The World Games 2013 Cali continue with the Aerobics competitions on Friday and Saturday. Connect to the FIG micro side at http://cali2013.fig-gymnastics.com/ for more information and follow @officialFIG on Twitter for updates and live commentary during competitions.
CALI (COL), FIG Office, July 28, 2013: Representatives of the Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics competitions at The World Games 2013 Cali were updated on the situation at El Pueblo Coliseum here in Cali during an orientation meeting this morning.
Results of venue inspections carried out on Saturday evening and this morning still showed problems with regards to compliance with the FIG Rules.
However, the FIG, in close consultation with the International World Games Association (IWGA), decided that training and competitions could go ahead provided the air conditioning system in the warm-up, training and competition venues does not fail.
CALI (COL), FIG Office, July 26, 2013: The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) informed its member federations participating at The World Games 2013 Cali about unacceptable conditions at the Gymnastics competition and training facilities and the considerable risk that the competitions in Trampoline, Tumbling, Acrobatic and Aerobic Gymnastics might not take place.
While the Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions on Ribbon had to be cancelled on Thursday due to strong air draughts caused by the provisional air condition system, competitions on Hoop, Ball and Clubs shall take place as planned today and tomorrow based on a written confirmation by the Medical Commission of the International World Games Association (IWGA). In its statement the commission confirmed that the health of the Rhythmic gymnasts will not be at risk provided the temperature in the venues does not exceed 30 degrees.
In the case of Trampoline, Tumbling, Acrobatic and Aerobic Gymnastics the FIG as well as the IWGA can and will not allow any compromise. This was confirmed in writing by the IWGA, signed by their CEO and the President of their Medical Commission. Cali Local Organising Committee (CLOC) was informed accordingly. Aerobic Gymnastics is a very intensive discipline and Trampoline, Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics are disciplines which bear the risk of serious accidents. FIG and IWGA agreed not to allow trainings and competitions in these disciplines to start should the gymnasts be at risk. This includes that the temperature in the venues may not exceed 24 degrees as per the Technical Regulations of the FIG.
The FIG regrets to state that in spite of two site visits and regular meetings with the CLOC and IWGA over the past two years, as well as written guarantees received by CLOC, CLOC has not done the promised renovation of the competition venue and therefore seems to be unable to deliver regular training and competition venues.
“With the information we have at this point in time and the experience of the past days, we find it very hard to believe that CLOC will be able to stabilise the temperature in the provisional tents and the competition venue,” FIG Secretary General André Gueisbuhler said. “For reasons unknown to the FIG, CLOC still believes that it will be able to meet all requirements in due time.”
The FIG shall inspect the warm-up and training tents for Trampoline, Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics on Saturday, July 27 at 18:00 and the competition venue will be inspected Sunday morning at 8:00 local time. Further decisions will be taken at that time.
Ah that gymnastics can be beautiful when imagination, expressiveness, sensuality guide the body in motion!
Natural gymnastics, unashamedly, without constraints, with in mind just want to do well and if possible ... better than the neighbor! It is the spirit of the Challenge!
South African organizers of the SAGF were successful in their “coup” in all domains. In the opinion of the gymnasts themselves, will long be remembered Cape Town!
Thank you the SAGF !
….and the winner is...
The 16 teams involved have shown great enthusiasm and as offering the best of themselves. Impressive demonstration of the Norwegian Fredrikstad (61 gymnasts), the acrobatics of Swiss Mendrisio, touching the delivery of U.S. Chattooga group, the grace of gymnasts Tallinn, freshness Golden Lions in South Africa. Each gymnast committed showed talent as he could and wowed the nearly 4,000 spectators.
Ultimately, it is the Gymnastics Club TS Goetzis Zurcaroh (AUT) that prevails and in a beautiful way. Their impressive acrobatics have won both the public delegations and evaluators.
The Bruno Grandi Trophy will be Austrian for the next fours years!
All the Gymnastcs Community is now looking forward to meeting together in 2017, in Vestfold, in NOrway!