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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.
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.
AGU Office: JAKARTA (INA): November 28, 2016: The technical manager of Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU), Anis Saoud provide training day for the Executive Board of the Gymnastics Association of Indonesia (Persani) about the organization of the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in 2018.
"All must be prepared from human resources, the training and the race, the number of volunteers needed, until things technical to wear the type of light what does not disturb the view athletes," said Anis Saoud in the Building PT Alita Mitra Praya Tanjung Barat, Jakarta , today (27/11).
Ita Yuliati, Gymnastics Competition Manager 2018 Asian Games said Anis Saoud arrival to Jakarta is indeed on its own initiative to provide a complete picture of what it must be prepared both in terms of human resources, match up the necessary equipment and other technical problems.
"Implementation of the Asian Games was the equivalent of an Olympic Games activity, so we have to get information and a full understanding as soon as possible so that it can make budget planning and preparation," said Ita Yuliati.
Meanwhile Anis reminded to challenge media fields, among others also educate the journalists to understand the type of match and assessment in the field of gymnastics.
"Not that gymnastics is not a global sport but it is complicated and assessment system has not been popular in the community. If soccer in addition to easily calculate the score, the world community also often watching a football game on television, "added Anis.
Challenges ahead Persani have to educate the public through national media so that they also understand that while covering the gymnastics they can follow the match well. For example, photographers cannot use a flash that distract the athletes.
The press should also understand how assessment takes place after the game because they would write in the medium of each so as to provide complete information to the world community because in this digital era of the country reports can be accessed from various parts of the world.
"Later in the 2018 Asian Games we need a Mixed Zone which should be placed by the committee to meet the athletes after receiving a medal with the reporters who had been waiting to interview him," added Anis.
Mixed Zone is important because each participant country has a team of journalists from the country of origin in the respective foreign and mixed zone that is still up in the arena they can meet with athletes from the country that does not have language difficulties.
He suggested Persani make the Forum Group Discussion (FGD) for both internal organization and to communicate regularly with the press a year before the big event on the Asian Games and regularly explained through a press release that also is ready to make its coverage.
In the sport of gymnastics, Persani and the government should think about the selection of equipment for the Asian Games and after use it only a few days, the equipment should then be stored, treated for use the next 10 years, for example.
"Just talking about storage just have a lot of rules that must be followed so that the laying of the tools does not make the item be damaged so that's why long preparation had to be done.
By Hilda Ansariah Sabri
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.
Doha (QAT), AGU Office: November 21, 2016: The FIG TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY LEVEL 1 was hosted by the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines  from November 7 to 16 2016.
15 participating coaches from HongKong, Indonesia, India Iran, Pakistan and the Philippines attend the academy.
This course was conducted by three experts from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The course was headed by Dr. Keith Russel from Canada Mr. John Beer from Great Britain and Mr. Xiaogang Wang from New Zealand.
This academy was sponsored by the Asian Gymnastics Union in conjunction with FIG.
This course was held at the Orchid Garden Hotel as well as the National Training Center for Gymnastics at the Rizal Memorial Sports complex, Manila
We had a very successful academy.
Our sincere thanks to the Asian Gymnastics Union and to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG for sponsoring this academy. The two coaches from India had the two highest scores with Coach Deepak Kabra topping the course with 97% , one of the highest scores recorded for these academies.

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.

Doha (QAT), AGU Office November 15, 2016: From September 29 to October 5, the Philippines Gymnastics Federation hosted a Level 3 Academy in the capital city of Manila. It was the eighth Academy hosted by the Philippines, the 40th worldwide for Rhythmic Gymnastics and the 246th overall.
Nineteen coaches participated from seven FIG member federations – Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia. Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Participation in this Academy was subsidised by the FIG Development Fund for the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) but only for the member federations of AGU.
Five FIG experts taught the practical and theory lectures and all were among the most successful and renowned persons in their fields. Three renowned experts taught all of the technical lectures. One was Nadya Alexandrova of Great Britain (2nd from right) who has been national coach for that country and for Bulgaria and is a member of the Academy Working Group for Rhythmic Gymnastics. Another was Dr. Marta Bobo (left) of Spain who is a renowned Rhythmic Gymnastics judge, coach and researcher and a frequent Academy expert. They were joined by music specialist Lasse Nettum (2nd from left) of Norway who presented several music lectures and helped coordinate the apparatus and body element work in each lecture with an understanding of music. The course leader was Dr. Keith Russell (right) of Canada who is the President of the FIG Scientific Commission and a frequent Academy expert for all disciplines. He taught most of the theory lectures. He was joined by Shayne Hanks (centre) of Australia who taught the psychology lectures.
None of the nineteen participating coaches met the stringent special eligibility requirements for the FIG Coaching Brevet and the required 85% on the combined theory and practical examinations.
The majority of participants had very good examination results on the two part theory and practical examination. The highest mark of 88% was achieved by Yin Wah (Carolyn) Au Yong of Malaysia. She was followed by Whynn Reroma of the Philippines and Cherrie Kwek of Singapore.
Once again we thank President Cynthia Carrion for her willingness to host another Academy in an excellent facility and with many demonstrator gymnasts and a wonderful support staff. Special thanks to Secretary General Bettina Pou who, as always, did all of the preliminary organisational work and assured all needs were met during the Academy.
The Academy programme continues with a Trampoline Academy that has already begun and is also hosted by the Philippines. Overlapping with this Academy was the 4th International Gymnastics Congress hosted by Portugal that included separate presentations and workshops for the three disciplines – Men’s (MAG) and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG), Rhythmic – of the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programmes. The FIG coach education and Academy Programmes will remain busy right until Christmas. Another seminar for the MAG & WAG age group programmes will be hosted in Peru for the FIG member federations of South America. The working groups for the Trampoline and Rhythmic age group programmes will meet this month at the FIG Headquarters in Lausanne to prepare updated editions of those programmes. Qatar will host a Level 3 Academy for MAG & WAG and Australia will host a triple Academy for Aerobic-, Trampoline-, and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
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