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AGU Media Doha (QAT): The qualification rounds of the 15th Junior Rhythmic Asian Championships were held on Friday, with Adilya Tlekenova stealing the show at the Daulet National Tennis Center in her hometown Astana, Kazakhstan.
In the ball category (individual), she managed 16,000 to top the pool while China’s Zilu Wang (15,050) and Japan’s Aino Yamada (14,900) came second and third respectively.
The 15-year-old repeated his performance in the hoop where he accumulated 16,450. He was followed by compatriot Dayana Abdirbekova (16,350) and Uzbekistan’s Takhmina Ikromova (15,650).
The Kazakh eventually topped the all-around with 32,450 followed by Ikromova (30,550) and Yamada (30,450).
Japan, seeded third, made it to the team finals in the ropes category with 14,200 points followed by China (12,900), South Korea (12,150), Kazakhstan (11,500) and Uzbekistan (11,300).
Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore and Kyrgyzstan are the other participating teams in the junior edition. 
The event is held under the auspices of Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU).
Astana had hosted the event twice in 2009 and 2010 while Changsha, China, had the honour to organise the inaugural edition in 1996.
Yangzhou, China, hosted in 2004 while the competition was twice held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), with Surat (India) and Jecheon (South Korea) were the other venues.
As many as 150 gymnasts from 15 countries are taking part in the event jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Gymnastic Federation of Kazakhstan and Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics of Astana.
AGU Media Doha (QAT): Three-year-old Iran’s Arat Hosseini is an amazing talent who does backward somersaults, balancing splits and walkovers with such a consummate ease that even most accomplished of gymnasts would be proud to pull off.
When Hosseini was only nine months, he was able to perform the complicated poses.
The social media is already abuzz with this toddler’s amazing twist and turns. It seems he was born with a talent. While his stunts and flexibility stunned everyone, the world media taking a keen interest on him.
His parents Mohamad and Fatemeh, who live in Babol in Iran’s Mazandaran province, said their son has had no professional training.
Yoga poses such as balancing splits while traditional gymnastic moves like backwards walkovers and somersaults are just some of the things that have caught everybody’s attention.
The wonder boy, who has already amassed more than 18,000 followers on Instagram, practices for just 10 to 20 minutes daily.
“He’s is an extra special person. He’ll become a famous gymnast,” said Mohamad.
AGU Media DOHA (QAT): Mongolia is top seeded followed by South Korea and Thailand at the Ninth Senior Rhythmic Asian Championships after the draw of lots were held last week.
The event will be held under the auspices of Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) at the Daulet National Tennis Center, Astana, Kazakhstan, from June 24-27.
Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, China, Philippines, Chinese Taipei are the participating countries.
Astana had hosted the event twice in 2009 and 2010 while Changsha, China, had the honour to organise the inaugural edition in 1996.
Yangzhou, China, hosted in 2004 while the competition was twice held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), with Surat (India) and Jecheon (South Korea) were the other venues.
As many as 150 gymnasts from 15 countries will take part in the event jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Gymnastic Federation of Kazakhstan and Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics of Astana.
There will be four competitions in the individuals and two in the group categories.
The individual include qualifying individual competition with team ranking (Competition I), all-around final (Competition II), apparatus finals (Competition III) while the group has general competition (Competition I) and groups competition finals (Competition III).
The National Tennis Center (NTC) venue is a modern sport complex with a central court for 2700 seats. There are three additional courts for trainings with advanced television and audio equipment, snack bars, dressing rooms and showers while the Central Outdoor Tennis Court have 1210 seats and seven more courts as well as two indoor courts (hard) with RuKort surface.
Meanwhile, the 15th Junior Rhythmic Asian Championships will also be held concurrently with the senior tournament in Astana.

Chinese Taipei, Japan, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan and South Korea are the seeded teams.
Results of the Junior Draw of lot in attachment files
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AGU Media Doha (QAT): Pranati Nayak, who finished fourth at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, last month, is tipped to become India’s next promising gymnast after Olympian Dipa Karmakar.
Pranati was introduced to the sport when she was in Class 3 by one of her school coaches. She showed promise even at that young age and which would then take her to Kolkata’s Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex in Salt Lake.
She hails from Medinipur, which is 156km from Kolkata, eastern Indian city. Her parents, who also realised their daughter’s potential, would stay in the city and only returned on the Saturdays so that Nayak gets to train at the SAI Centre.
Their encouragement bored fruit after Pranati’s coach Minara Begum convinced SAI Deputy Director to give the little girl a place in the hostel.
“Soon after Pranati got a hostel room, she came first in the state selection of the Sub Junior Nationals and then won gold in floor at the Chandigarh Nationals,” said Minara to an Indian newspaper.
At 13, Pranati travelled to Yakutia, Russia, for the Children of Asia Games where she qualified for the vault and the floor final.
She wants to compete more in the international competitions.
“I want to win medals at the international stage. The World Championships are coming up, but I’ll have to raise my level. I’m also focused on next year’s Commonwealth Games,” said Pranati.

AGU Media Office: At her age, when most girls spend their time with Barbie dolls, Pakistan’s 10-year-old Misha Saqib does some incredible vaults, twists and turns on a gymnasium floor.
An ardent admirer of Olympic champion Simone Biles, Misha recently won five gold medals at the National Women’s Championships in vault, balance beam, floor and also added the best gymnast and team gold. 
She is passionate about the sport and dreams to be at the Olympics.
“I want to be like Biles. I train six times a week after school. I want to be an Olympian,” said Misha.
She was introduced to the sport through a local coach at her neighbourhood in 2013. However, she travels to Dubai twice a year and she receives trainings.
“We took her to London for a short course. Misha did some ballet for a year. We think she has potential and hence decided to encourage her,” said her mother Zantiana.
Meanwhile, while praising Misha’s efforts the Pakistan Gymnastics Federation (PGF) President Ahmed Ali Rajput laments the sport is still not taken up seriously.
“We’re trying to develop the sport. We need to work really hard and have excellent infrastructure to produce world-class gymnasts,” said Rajput.
While South-East countries like China, Japan and South Korea have a strong presence at the world level, the sport in south Asian nations still needs a lot of attention.
India’s Dipa Karmakar’s achievement at the Rio Games have shown there’s immense talent, but the respective federations in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan must accumulate strength to develop the sport and encourage young gymnasts like Misha.

AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): After the recent success of Saeedreza Keikha, who won the pommel horse silver at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the bronze medal at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand last month, the Gymnastics Federation of Iran (GFI) has stepped up to promote the sport in the country.
The GFI recently organised its 30th National Festival for kids and juniors in Kerman in southeast of the country which featured around 1000 young athletes.
The GFI Secretary General M E Adhami welcomed the participants at the event which has become very popular over the years.
A part of its sport’s promotion among the children and youth, the GFI hoped to build a talent pool and spread the programme in other provinces also.
Barring Keikha, who demonstrated a new element in the pommel horse exercises, the men’s team also won a bronze medal at the Baku competition.
Dipa Karmakar may have missed the medal by a whisker at the Rio Olympics last year, but her performance has put gymnastics in the spot light in India.
The 23-year-old, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than Switzerland’s eventual bronze-winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216).
What made her famous was the use of ‘Produnova Vault’, which even her coach Bisweswar Nandi wants to spread it among the other gymnasts in the country.
“My main target will be to teach the Produnova vault to others. I hope to see others also learn and execute the vault and win medals,” Nandi told the Indian media recently.
But he added, “The gymnasts must have the courage and determination of mastering Produnova. Dipa had tremendous courage to master the art. That’s why she was able to achieve it. Determination is important to execute such a difficult vault, but I’m hopeful they also can learn it.”
Recently, during her visit to the country legendary Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci lauded Karmakar’s fourth-place finish at Rio and also shared some tips on improving the Produnova.
“For us, Nadia is God. I’m really happy to talk to her. She suggested that if I do certain changes in my Produnova vault, I can be much better,” Karmakar was quoted in the Indian media.
Comaneci became the first gymnast in the history of the Olympics to achieve a perfect score of 10.0 at the 1976 Montreal Games.
“It’s really amazing to watch the new generation of girls. Indian parents who’ve girls can see an opportunity their daughters can to do well in gymnastics. Dipa is now a role model for many Indian girls. She also proved you don’t need to be Romanian or American to make an impact in the sport,” said Comaneci. “Apart from Produnova, she needs to improve and make other vault perfect. She only need to work on the details like how to put her feet while landing, speed and techniques.”
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