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Several top stars are expected to take part in the 7th Senior Artistic Asian Championships, which will be organised by Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) in Bangkok, Thailand, from May18 to 21.
More than 100 gymnasts will be seen in action while the previous edition held in Hiroshima, Japan, two years ago had attracted 116 athletes from 16 countries.
The women’s and men’s qualification will be held on May 18 and 19, with the finals on May 20 and 21 respectively.
There will be eight events in the men’s category, with top contenders China and Japan will fight it out in the team, individual all-around, floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars. 
The women gymnasts will contest in the team, individual all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.
China will have the largest delegation with 24 members followed by Japan (23), Thailand (20) and Chinese Taipei (20) in the tournament, which will be the first Asian competition in the new Olympic cycle where the gymnasts will follow the new Code of Points.
It will be interesting to see if Japan, who topped the medals tally with eight gold, seven silvers and three bronze medals in 2015, can maintain their domination.
China, once a top side, has failed to show promise and finished second two years back, with 13 medals. Their slide in performance at the Asian meet was also reflected in Rio Games last year.
Hong Kong, who came third, was the only other nation to win a gold besides a silver medal.

Doha (QAT) April 19, 2017: With China’s receding fortune in gymnastics, the pressure will be on them to regain their lost glory at the 14th Junior Artistic Asian Championships, which starts at the National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 16-21.
A total of 146 gymnasts from 24 nations will hope to showcase their talents while China will face stiff challenges from Japan and Chinese Taipei, who have done really well in the last couple of years.
126 athletes from 22 countries took part in the competition in the previous edition in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2014.
The competition, organised by the Asian Gymnastics Union, will help the juniors prepare for the 2018 Asian Championships, which will be a qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Meanwhile, the tournament will be a kind of assessment for the Chinese as they will be keen to wipe out their Rio Games memory as well as in the Asian competitions.
In the current scenario, the Chinese gymnasts play a second fiddle to Japan, who have emerged stronger and confident.
Japan took the team gold at the 2014 Asian Games, with China finishing third while South Korea came second.
Even at the Rio Games last year, Japan clinched the team all-around gold, followed by Russia and China, who finished 13th in the medals table with one silver and four bronze medals.
Interestingly, the gymnasts will adapt to the new Code of Points in the tournament, which like the seniors, will be the first Asian Championships in the new Olympic cycle. 
According to the FIG rule, those born between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2003, will be eligible to compete in the boys’ category while girls should be born between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2004.

AGU Office, Jakarta (INA): February 6, 2017: The Executive Committee meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia during February 4, 2017
Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shathri, AGU President open the meeting with this word “I appreciate the invitation of Indonesia Gymnastics Federation to this meeting and we take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude, especially to the President of the Federation Mrs. Ilya AVIANTI, the Vice-President Ita Yuliati and the Secretary General Mr. Riyanto, and of course all the people associate to this federation”.
A Special welcome to Mr. Watanabe Morinari, the new FIG president who accept our invitation to attend this first meeting in the new Olympic cycle 2017-2020.
Also, congratulate the Resounding and fantastic success of the AGU representatives who became a FIG authority members which showed great solidarity of the AGU affiliated federations. This is also a historic success for Asia representatives to be present in the different position in the FIG.
• Dr. LUO Chaoyi, as FIG Vice-President.
• Mr. Ali Al-Hitmi, Mr. Youssef ALTABBAA and Mr. KIM Dong-Min as FIG EC Member.
• Mr. Mohamad Makki, Mr. Kaushik BIDIWALA, Mr. Painda MALIK, Mr. Aruna PRASAD, Mr. Srayuth PATANASAK and Mr. Ruslan MUSTAEV as FIG Council members.
- And also, our representative to the different FIG Technical Committees such us:
• MAG / TC: Mr. TOMITA Hiroyuki
• WAG / TC: Ms. ZHOU Qiurui and Ms. Radiye ZINAL
• RG / TC: Ms. SEKITA Shihoko
• TRA / TC: Mr. LIU Xing
• AER / TC: Ms. YAGI-KITAGAWA Tammy and Mr. WANG Hong
• GfA / TC: Mr. ARAKI Tatsuo
 
Presentation of the reports:

* Report from the President Mr. A-Rahman Al-Shathri
* Report from the East Asian Zone - Dr. LUO Chaoyi
* Report from the South East Asian Zone - Mr. Git Kaur, KAU
* Report from the Central Asian Zone by Mr. Ruslan Mustaev
* Report from the West Asian Zone by Mr. Abdullah Albuloushi
* GfA- Committee President's report by Mr. Tatsuo ARAKI
* MAG-TC President's report by Mr. MIAO  Zhongyi
* WAG-TC President's report by Mrs. Radiye ZAINAL
* RG-TC President's report by Mrs. Gyozal FILIPPOVA
* TRA-TC President's report by Mr. LIU Xing
* AER-TC President's report by Mrs. TAMMY Yagi-Kitagawa
* ACRO-TC President's report by Mrs. Aigul BIYEKENOVA
 
The meeting took these principal decisions:
1- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2016.
2- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2017.
3- The Executive Committee (EC) distributed the AGU development project for the year 2017.
AGU has annually used some portion of the money from the FIG Development Fund to subsidize the attendance of coaches at Academies and that policy has been much appreciated by the federations and coaches and has been enormously successful. This collaboration increase the development of our coaches with the knowledges and to beneficiate them to get a FIG Academy certificates. For that, we will organize this year five FIG academies Level 1 for MAG – WAG – RG – TRA and AER to help new coaches to enter in the system of the academies.
 
- Training camp for GfA during 08-12/05/2017 in Nepal
- FIG Academy Level 1 for AER coaches during 19-24/06/2017 in Vietnam
- Training Camp for MAG coaches during 16-20/07/2017 in Jordan
- Training Camp for ACRO coaches during 18-22/07/2017 in Kazakhstan
- Training Camp for WAG coaches during 08-12/08/2017 in Kazakhstan
- FIG Academy Level 1 for RG coaches during 18-23/09/2017 in Uzbekistan
- FIG Academy Level 1 for TRA coaches during 02-07/10/2017 in Uzbekistan
- FIG Academy Level 1 for ART coaches during 17-22/10/2017 in Philippines
 
4- The Executive Committee (EC) check out the list of AGU official championships for the year 2017:

* 14th Junior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships during 16-21/05/2017 in Bangkok THAILAND
* 7th Senior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships during 18-21/05/2017 in Bangkok THAILAND
* 15th Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships during 24-27/06/2017 in Astana KAZAKHSTAN
* 9th Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships during 24-27/06/2017 in Astana KAZAKHSTAN
* 6th AEROBIC GYMNASTICS ASIAN Championships during 13-18/09/2017 in Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA
* 10th Acrobatics Asian Championships during 17-19/09/2017 in Almaty KAZAKHSTAN
 
5- Ms. Ita Yuliati the competition manager gives to the EC a presentation about the preparation of the 18th Asian Games that will be held in Jakarta in 2018.

Doha (QAT) April 19, 2017: Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian gymnast to compete at the Olympics in Rio last year, will miss the next month’s Senior Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, following a knee surgery early this month.
The 23-year-old underwent an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai which has ruled her out of the competition.
Karmakar, who won a bronze at the 2015 Asian Championships in Hiroshima, Japan, shot to fame by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, where she came fourth in vault.
She hogged the spotlight after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she became the first Indian female gymnast to achieve the feat.

New Year’s is the perfect occasion to celebrate love, friendships and all the good things in life. Let’s take the time to appreciate what this year has given us and what the new one is about to bring!
May the New Year give you the strength to face the challenges of life courage to adjust the sail so as to take every situation to your stride.
It is a new chance for everyone to restart for the development of gymnastics in Asia and in the whole of the world.
Have a blissful new year!

Fifteen years ago, from February 18-25, 2002, the first FIG Academy was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Forty-three coaches from nine countries participated, representing Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan.
The course was led by Adrian Stan (ROU) and lectures were given by the experts Hardy Fink (CAN) and Tim Lees (AUS) for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Brian McVey (CAN) for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Nellie Kim (BLR) for dance, choreography and Balance Beam artistry, Keith Russell (CAN) for anatomy and physiology, John Palmela (USA) for psychology and Patria Hume (NZL) for biomechanics and first aid.
Former FIG President Bruno Grandi (ITA) and former Secretary General Norbert Bueche flew in for the closing dinner, where they made speeches and gave out the certificates.
To date, more than 8,000 coaches from 127 different federations have participated in a total of 251 Academies.
The coach education programme, which expanded with the worldwide introduction of the Age Group Development and Competition Programme in 2011 and entered an agreement with the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programme to combine courses in 2014, is unique in the world of amateur sports. It enjoys an enormous amount of administrative and financial support, not only from the FIG, but also from the many federations whose contributions in hosting, teaching and helping to develop the curriculum is vital to the great success of the programme.
Spreading the message of safe, healthy and systematic training of gymnasts towards excellence, the various programmes aim to ensure greater worldwide consistency in the content and focus of coach education. Special efforts are made to provide coaches with an understanding that the 11-15 age period is critical for gymnasts; during this time they are capable of learning complex aerial skills quickly, but are also susceptible to debilitating acute, chronic and overuse physical injuries, as well as emotional and psychological damage.
 
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AGU Office: December 26, 2016: Under the AGU development program for the year 2016, Thailand Gymnastics Association organized the Common Training Camp for Aerobic Gymnastics Coaches during 4 days of Course which have the opportunity to express the technical potential of the Coaches. With the nomination from Ms. Tammy (President of AGU AER TC) to Mr. Nuthawut Pimpa from Tahiland as the Expert for this course and it benefit to him to have get this experience. We have registered 8 Countries to this course from Bangladesh, Nepal, Iran Vietnam, Uzbekistan, India, Malaysia and Thailand and around 21 persons not including the Expert and Assistant to Expert. In Overview, all the participants are cooperated and active in the course and they studied well in all the sessions as well as Theory & Practice. The facilities was excellent and comfortable in Accommodation , Meals and Transportation as well since the distance between Hotel and Venue of training camp is only 10 min by walking and also nearby Shopping center and night market.
Thank to the President of Thailand Association Mr. Srayuth Patanasak who was present and supervising all the sessions for his cooperation and collaboration.
 

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