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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, 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.
The Gymnastics Federation Qatar hosted a Level 3 FIG Academy for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics on December 3-10, 2016.
The Academy was hosted at the wonderful Gymnastics facilities of the Qatar Gymnastics Centre in the capital city of Doha.
Twenty-four eligible coaches participated (11 for WAG and 13 for MAG) from thirteen FIG member federations - Egypt, Indonesia, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Ukraine and Yemen. Interestingly, for the very first time, the host country for an Academy did not participate with any coaches.
The participation at this Academy was partially funded by the International Gymnastics Federation through the FIG Development Fund for the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU). 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.
The experts were among the most successful and renowned persons in their fields. The men’s technical lectures were presented by super-coach Takashi Kobayashi of Japan who has also taught frequently for Academies and has in recent years worked with the Japanese men’s national team and served as women’s national coach. Peggy Liddick, the Australian national coach and formerly coach of World Champion Shannon Miller taught the women’s apparatus as well as artistic preparation and choreography. Two professors delivered lectures at an Academy for the first time. Dr. Alexandra Pizzera from the German Sport University in Cologne presented two psychology lectures and Dr. Monem Jemni, now chair of the sport science department a the University of Doha, presented two lectures related to biomechanics. The course leader was Dr. Keith Russell of Canada who is the President of the FIG Scientific Commission and a frequent Academy expert for all disciplines. He taught the remaining sport science lectures related to health and injury prevention.
None of the participating coaches met the stringent special eligibility requirements for the FIG Coaching Brevet.
The participants had to take a two-part theory and practical examination. Almost all of the examination results were good but they did vary from 55% to 86%. The highest result for WAG and for the course overall was by Mai Hamdy of Egypt. Second was another WAG coach, Dima Al-Shar’e of Jordan. The highest MAG result was in third place overall and was tied with two other WAG coaches. These were Himanshu Dave of India, Carin Maxwell of South Africa and Maria Barakat of Jordan.
We thank and congratulate the Qatar Gymnastics Federation and its President Ali Al Hitmi for hosting this event so successfully and are grateful that he visited the Academy every day. A very helpful and enthusiastic staff of helpers assured that all the needs of the participants and experts were met. All of the preliminary correspondence and day-to-day organisation was handled by Anis Saoud, the Qatar Gymnastics Federation Technical Director.
By FIG
 

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!

Doha (QAT) AGU Office December 17, 2016: Under the AGU development program, the Jordan Gymnastics Federation organized a common training camp for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coaches in Amman from 12th to 16th December 2016 in the beautiful hall the Princess Rahma gymnastics hall in Amman. The training camp is supervised by the expert: Dr. Miguel Marina from Spain with the participation of 23 coaches and gymnasts from Vietnam and Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Nepal, Syria, Iraq and of course coaches and gymnasts from Jordan
The program of course included theoretical and practical sections in the morning and evening sessions and under the presence of Mr. Mohamed Al-Ahkdar the technical director of the federation. The secretary of the federation Mrs. Nuha Hatter open the training camp with a welcome message to all the participants and inform them the greetings of Her Highness the President of the Federation and the president of the board member and wished them a good stay in Jordan and profit the maximum of this program.
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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.
 

Doha (QAT) AGU Office, December 12, 2016: The IOC Olympic Solidarity had allocated Gymnastics (MAG) Level I Coaches Course to FIG recognized Pakistan Gymnastics Federation.  The course was organized by Pakistan Olympic Association in collaboration with Pakistan Gymnastics Federation which started on 02 December, 2016 at Government Islamia College, Civil Lines Lahore. In this Course 25 Pakistani Coaches participated (from Four Provinces, Army, WAPDA, Railways, Police and HEC) with Mr. Mazin Al-Mustafa from Qatar as the Expert to impart high level Gymnastics training and coaching to Pakistani Coaches.
The Certificate Distribution Ceremony/Closing Ceremony took place on Sunday the 11th December, 2016 in the Olympic House, 2-Hameed Nizami (Temple) Road Lahore. Ch. Muhammad Yaqoob, Vice President POA/ Chairman, Pakistan Volleyball Federation graced this occasion as Chief Guest and distributed the Certificates to the qualified coaches.
Mr. Painda A Malik, Council Member, International Gymnastics Federation /Executive Member, Asian Gymnastics Federation/ Executive Member, POA, thanked the Pakistan Olympic Association especially Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan HI(M) for allocating this Course to PGF.

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