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AGU Office Doha (QAT) September 29, 2016: The city of Nagoya and Aichi prefecture in central Japan will host the Olympic Council of Asia’s 20th Asian Games in 2026. The bid from Aichi-Nagoya was approved by the 35th OCA General Assembly at the Royal Lotus Hotel and Convention Centre in Danang, Vietnam, on Sunday 25th of September, 2016, securing the OCA’s showpiece event for the next 10 years following Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia, in 2018 and Hangzhou, China, in 2022.

The OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, thanked the commitment of Nagoya and Aichi and said: “The road map of our main event is very stable. Together with our three Asian Games in 2018, 2022 and 2026, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the next two Winter Olympics in Korea and China in 2018 and 2022 respectively, the sports calendar of Asia will be very busy with continental and international events.”

The President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda, introduced the city of Nagoya and the prefecture of Aichi to the delegates at the General Assembly and highlighted the industrial and economic strength of the region. The Governor of Aichi prefecture, Hideaki Ohmura, described Nagoya as a leading sports city in Japan with a population of 7.5 million.

Professional sports clubs include Nagoya Grampus Eight football team and the Chunichi Dragons baseball team, and the region has also produced several top national athletes, including OCA Executive Board member Koji Murofushi, female wrestlers Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho and figure skater Mao Asada.

The first theme of a five-concept Asian Games 2026 will be “Athletes First”, and excellent sports stadiums already exist such as the Mizuho Athletics Stadium, Toyota Stadium, Rainbow Hall and Rainbow Pool, Komaki volleyball arena and Nagoya Dome. The Main Media Centre will be located at the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall, and the total Asian Games budget was presented as USD842 million.

The Mayor of Nagoya, Takashi Kawamura, surprised the meeting by serenading delegates with a version of an Elvis Presley song: “Wise men say, only fools rush in. But I can’t help falling in love with Asian people, Asian Games in Nagoya and Aichi.

” His brief karaoke session was given a warm round of applause, prompting Sheikh Ahmad to ask: “Are we voting for the city or the song?” The Asian Games was first held in 1951 and this will be the third edition to be staged in Japan, following Tokyo in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994.

Doha (QAT), AGU Office, September 14, 2016: Iran Gymnastics Federation organized the Gymnastics Festival in Iran (Province Sistan o Balochestan). The festival contains Gymnastics for All show with children under 8 years With the slogan: “The Fight against drug, Environment protection”
Mr. S.M.Sh.Asbaghian the President of Iran Gymnastics Federation visited trampoline league and announced the importance of this event is to increase the motivation of the gymnasts and improve the development of gymnastics in Iran.
The festival attended by hundreds of future gymnasts, families and Enthusiasts of this sport base.
The purpose of this event was conducted in major cities in Iran: happiness, avoiding social harm and above all in the technical development of gymnastics.


RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 20, 2016: After four years as the perennial silver medallist in international competition, Margarita Mamun finally got her golden moment. On the Olympic stage in Rio Mamun surpassed teammate Yana Kudryavtseva, who had gone undefeated at the World Championships since her senior debut in 2013.
The 20-year-old succeeds Yulia Barsukova (2000), Alina Kabayeva (2004) and Evgeniya Kanaeva (2008 and 2012) as the fourth consecutive Russian gymnast to wear the Olympic crown.
Concentrated from her fingernails to the tips of her toes, Mamun turned in four scores over 19 points -- the golden benchmark in Rhythmic Gymnastics -- in the final to finish ahead of the three-time World champion, who has been her greatest friend and rival.
Kudryavtseva, nicknamed "the Angel with Iron Wings" for her balletic style and steadfastness, came to Rio as the favorite for the title. As expected, the 18-year-old led at the halfway point of the competition but made a fatal mistake at the end of her Clubs routine when she missed a catch. It was her only error of the night, but it was serious enough to take her out of contention for the gold.
Mamun didn't miss her chance. She saved her best for last, delivering her highest score of the competition with the Ribbon to seal the gold. The first to greet her as she came off the floor was her personal coach Amina Zaripova, who 20 years ago finished fourth in this competition at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

An Olympic medal at last for Rizatdinova
The Russian duel left just one podium spot up for grabs, and the three expected contenders -- Ukraine's Ganna Rizatdinova, Korea's Son Yeon Jae and Belarus's Melitina Staniouta -- went after it with all they had. After a slightly shaky start with the Hoop, it was Rizatdinova who grew stronger as the afternoon went on. In taking bronze four years after her disappointing 10th place finish in London, the two-time World medallist made good on her bid to win an Olympic medal.
Son, fifth in London, moved up a place in the ranking, a new best-ever finish for a Korean gymnast at the Olympic Games. As the 2015 World bronze medallist, Belarus's Melitina Staniouta began as a potential podium contender, but after two mistakes with the Clubs she could only shake her head at her fifth place finish.

Spain leads in Group qualification
Spain took its only Olympic title in Rhythmic Group Gymnastics in 1996, the first time the event was held at the Games. Twenty years later, the Spanish Group (Sandra Aguilar, Artemi Gavezou, Elena Lopez, Lourdes Mohedano and Alejandra Quereda) shimmied to first place in the qualification round in Rio Saturday, ahead of the Russians, whose team has won every Olympic gold since 2000.
The Russian Group (Anastastia Maksimova, Anastasia Tatareva, Maria Tolkacheva, Anastasia Bliznyuk and Vera Biriukova) led after the first of two routines (5 Ribbons), but turned in only the sixth best performance in their second exercise (2 Hoops/3 Pairs of Clubs), allowing the Spaniards to seize the lead by 0.233. Belarus (Hannah Dudzenkova, Maria Kadobina, Maryia Katsiak, Valeryia Pischelina and Arina Tsitsilina) finished third.
Italy, Japan, Israel, Bulgaria and Ukraine rounded out the eight Groups to qualify for Sunday's final, ejecting host nation Brazil, Germany, China, Uzbekistan, Greece and the United States.

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Doha (QAT), AGU Office August 27, 2016: The SEAGZONE Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships for juniors and age groups organized in Hanoi in Vietnam during 23 – 29 August 2016.

Team Final for MAG

The team of Nguyễn Việt Hoàng, Nguyễn Văn Đạt, Trần Đình Vương, Văn Vĩ Lương, Trịnh Hải Khang and Đỗ Nam Anh became the first Vietnam men's gymnastics team to clinch the gold medal at the Championships in the team event for Junior. Followed by Malaysia second for the bronze medal with Teoh Chuen Loong, Low Jun Hao, Teoh Chuen Feng, Anuar Mustafa M. Ammar and Zulfa Luqman Al-Hafiz. And third place go to Singapore with a team composed with 3 gymnasts only: Yeo Sean, Forest Lightman Lincoln and Sim Robin

1- Vietnam: 310.700 pts
2- MALAYSIA: 282.350 pts
3- SINGAPORE: 207.950 pts

All-Around final was dominated by Vietnam gymnasts with the following results:

1- Trần Đình Vương VIE with 79.750 pts
2- Văn Vĩ Lương with VIE 79.550 pts
3- Teoh Chuen Loong MAS with 71.800 pts

WAG Team Final for Junior

Only 2 teams participated in the WAG event. Vietnam pip Malaysia for women's artistic gymnastics gold ans win the women's artistic gymnastics team event with a total of 187.200 points to overtake Malaysia’s overall score of 124.55 pts.

In the All-Around final we had the following results:

1- Nguyen Tienna Katelyn VIE with 47.050 pts
2- Đỗ Thị Ngọc Hương VIE with 46.350 pts
3- Lim Zhi Fei MAS with 42.700 pts


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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 16, 2016: Biles floors the competition for fourth gold
Simone Biles's Olympic finals ended as they began, with the American champion atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck. After golds with the U.S. team, in the All-around and on Vault as well as bronze on Beam, the 19-year-old took her fourth Olympic title for her samba flavored Floor routine Tuesday, finishing comfortably ahead of her teammate, 2012 Floor champion Alexandra Raisman.
The U.S. sensation hereby joins an exclusive club of women to have won four golds in Gymnastics at a single Games: Agnes Keleti (HUN, 1956, including gold for Team portable apparatus, an event contested for the last time that year), Larisa Latynina (URS, 1956), Vera Caslavska (TCH, 1968) and Ekaterina Szabo (ROU, 1984).
Raisman, 22, was all smiles as she accepted her sixth Olympic medal, her third of these Games. Tumbling to bronze, Amy Tinkler, the youngest British athlete in Rio, earned her nation's second Olympic medal in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, four years after Elisabeth Tweddle made history with the same colour.

Gold at last for Verniaiev...
After coming within a toepoint of defeating Japan's Kohei Uchimura for the All-around title, 22-year-old Oleg Verniaiev finally got to stand on the top step of the podium on his best event, Parallel Bars. The 2014 World champion on the apparatus locked down his first Olympic gold - only his second major international title - after reigning World champion You Hao took himself out of contention with a fall on his dismount.
Danell Leyva has medalled at every Olympics and World Championships he's attended for the past five years. The 24-year-old American continued his streak Tuesday with silver, much to the delight of his coach and stepfather Yin Alvarez, who danced for joy from the sidelines. The 2011 World Parallel Bars champion was originally an alternate to the U.S. team, but was called in to replace injured teammate John Orozco just before the Games.
Often a finalist but rarely a medallist in major international competition, David Belyavskiy finally climbed onto an individual podium with bronze, one week after his silver with the Russian team.

...and for High Bar king Hambuechen
After four Olympic Games and a decade as the leader of the German team, Fabian Hambuechen finally has his long-awaited gold, at 28. The 2007 World champion on High Bar won bronze in 2008 and silver in 2012 but considered himself over the hill before the Rio Games, which he says will be his last. He nevertheless qualified first to the final.
The expected duel between Hambuechen and London gold medallist Epke Zonderland never materialized: "The flying Dutchman" fell to his stomach after a risky release combination and finished seventh. The challenge came instead from Leyva, whose performance gave him his second Olympic silver of the afternoon and third overall medal.
Britain's Nile Wilson, just 20 and in his first Olympics, took full advantage of his only individual event final, nailing his routine for bronze.

USA dethrones China to top medal table
China has been the dominant nation at the past two Olympic Games, but in Rio the USA, led by Biles, was number one with 12 overall medals. Their haul includes four golds, along with six silvers and two bronzes. Following up on their stunning success in London in 2012, Great Britain surpassed itself with its best-ever results, ending with six medals, including two historic golds, their first in Artistic Gymnastics. Until the very last moment the Russians weren't certain to take part in the Games, but they proudly collected eight medals, though just one title. With only two bronzes, China dropped to the 11th on the medal table, behind host Brazil.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office, Aug 21, 2016: Russia won its fifth consecutive Olympic title in Rhythmic Group Gymnastics Sunday, continuing a golden tradition established 16 years ago in Sydney. The victory, coming 24 hours after Margarita Mamun's individual title, gives Russia a complete sweep of the gold medals in Rhythmic Gymnastics since 2000.
But the Russians did not dominate the competition from start to finish. The team (Anastasia Maksimova, Anastasia Tatareva, Maria Tolkacheva, Anastasia Bliznyuk and Vera Biriukova) finished behind Spain in Saturday's qualification round, and trailed the Spanish by 0.2 after the first routine in Sunday's new life final.
A bobble with a Ribbon even left the Russian Group third at the halfway point, though within striking distance of the leaders. The 2015 World champions closed the gap with an inspired performance with the 2 Hoops/3 Pairs of Clubs to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," earning the highest score in Group competition in Rio and rendering them impossible to catch.
The gold makes a double Olympic champion of Anastasia Bliznyuk, the sole holdout from the London 2012 team. Bliznyuk is only the third Rhythmic Group gymnast to win two gold medals in Olympic competition.

20 years after gold, Spain shines in silver
After their fourth place finish four years ago, Sandra Aguilar, Elena Lopez, Lourdes Mohedano, Alejandra Quereda and newcomer Artemi Gavezou came to Rio determined not to leave empty-handed this time. Their silver medal marks their first podium finish since 1996, when the country won the inaugural Olympic title in Rhythmic Group.

Bulgaria bronzed 12 years after Athens
Like Spain, Bulgaria returned four of its five members from 2012. With bronze, Reneta Kamberova, Lyubomira Kazanova, Mihaela Maevska, Tsvetelina Naydenova and Hristiana Todorova capped off a successful quadrennium that included the World title in 2014. They brought the country its third Olympic medal, following bronze in 2004 and silver in 1996.
It was Italy's fate to taste the bitterness of a chocolate medal. The Italians shut out Spain by a mere half a point four years ago, but the "Butterflies," as they are known at home, found themselves the odd team out this time, 0.217 behind Bulgaria. Belarus, Israel, Ukraine and Japan rounded out the eight-team field.


RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 15, 2016: Dutch delight
After two World titles and the top qualification score, Simone Biles was expected to win her fourth Olympic gold on Balance Beam Monday. But an uncharacteristic slip left the door open for someone else, and Sanne Wevers spun her way to the title. The 2015 World silver medallist brought the Netherlands its second Olympic medal in Women's Gymnastics, 88 years after the Dutch team's victory in 1928.
Unlike her rivals, Wevers relied on complicated turns rather than flips to compile the highest difficulty score of any routine in the final and her touch of elegance helped withstand the challenge from Lauren Hernandez, the other American contender. The 16-year-old earned silver, her second medal after gold with the U.S. team last week.
After a dozen flawless routines and three gold medals, Biles finally made a mistake, grabbing the beam to stay on after an underrotated front somersault.
Her bronze medal performance ended Biles's quest to become the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at a single Games, but the All-around, Vault and Team champion can make it four in Tuesday's Floor final.

The new Lord of the Rings is Greek
The rings crown concludes an Olympic odyssey for Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias, who in April was the first to carry the Olympic torch as it made its way from Olympia to Rio.
Clean execution was the key for reigning World Still Rings champion as he trumped 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti to deprive Brazil's "Lord of the Rings" of a second consecutive gold after London. Petrounias, Zanetti and bronze medallist Denis Abliazin of Russia performed equally difficult routines, but Petrounias ended his flawless exercise with a stuck dismount.

Three years at the top for Ri
After gold on Vault at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships, Ri Se Gwang of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made it three in a row. At his first Olympics after a decade on the international scene, Ri demonstrated his mastery of the vault that bears his name, landing both of his jumps with little trouble.
Barely had he come down from the podium than Abliazin was back on it for his second medal ceremony of the day. The Russian captured silver, just as he did four years ago in London, to bring his tally to five Olympic medals.
Bronze medallist Kenzo Shirai may not have won, but the Japanese gymnast nicknamed "Mr. Twist" still managed to leave a unique mark on the final. The 20-year-old successfully performed a vault never before seen in competition, which will bear his name from now on.

Disappointment for Romanian stars
After the traditionally strong Romanian programme failed to qualify a men's or women' s team to the Rio Olympic Games, Marian Dragulescu and Catalina Ponor attempted to recreate the medal-winning performances that made both of them stars at past Games. Dragulescu, who owns three medals from the 2004 Olympics, finished with the chocolate medal on Vault. The pioneer of the eponymous Dragulescu vault jumped to the same overall score as Shirai, but lost a tiebreaker that favors the gymnast with the highest score on either of their two vaults.
Twelve years after winning three golds in Athens, Ponor managed to qualify for the Beam final. But a wobbly routine left her seventh and well out of medal contention.

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