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gymnaestradaDoha (QAT), AGU office, May 12, 2010: The 3rd Asian Gymnastics for All Festival will be organized in Hong Kong, China during the period 21 to 25 May 2010.
The event will be organized in the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. over 300 participants form 7 countries (China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong) confirmed to attend the captioned event
Provisional Schedule:
21/5/2010: Arrival of the participants
22/5/2010: Seminar HKG GFA Festival
23/5/2010: Seminar, 3rd Asian Gymnastics for All Festival & Farwell party
24/5/2010: Local tours
25/5/2010: Departure

Gymnastics for All Course in KAZ_2010FIG Office, April 28, 2010: In August 2009, representatives from Kazakhstan participated in the FIG course designed to prepare experts for FIG Foundation courses. Since then, Kazakhstan has been working hard to develop Gymnastics for All activities within their federation, going so far as to participate in the FIG Colloquium “Safety within Apparatus Gymnastics” held in Lausanne (SUI) in 2009.
The Gymnastics Federation of Kazakhstan (KGF) organised its first and very own GFA course for coaches and instructors in Almaty on April 17 – 18, 2010, and with Mr Viktor Saaron (EST) as invited expert. Karlygash Kalieva and Irina Soldatenko from KGF did a great job preparing the course, which was followed by twenty-one participants and included both practical and theoretical sessions. The main topics were basic games, group acrobatics, flow gymnastics, dance, gymnastics with apparatus and performance creation. By the end of the course, participants were given an opportunity to put their knowledge to the test by creating their own group performances with musical accompaniment.
KGF Vice-President Mahmud Eskindirov, together with Karlygash Kalieva, Irina Soldatenko and Viktor Saaron, took the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Almaty’s Tourism and Sport Department, Mr Hairbolat Haidarov, who promised to support Gymnastics for All developmental activities in Almaty.
The course offered participants an opportunity to prepare for the first national gymnastics festival “Gymnafest Kazakhstan” slated for this summer. And who knows but we’ll see a few groups from Kazakhstan at the next World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne, July 10 – 16, 2011!
Looking ahead, KGF plans to arrange a Gymnastics for All course sometime in the near future in Astana, the country’s capital. We look forward to going back!
Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist (SWE)
FIG Gymnastics for All Committee President

Mahmud Eskindirov, Irina Soldatenko, Viktor Saaron, Karlygash Kalieva and Hairbolat Haidarov



AGU EC meeting - Bangkok 2010AGU office, Bangkok April 11, 2010: The Executive Committee meeting was organized in Bangkok / Thailand on 10/4/2010, the majority of the members was present at the meeting and was surprised with the wonderful hospitality and a successful organization of the meeting by the Thailand Gymnastics Association and his President Mr. Sawat Sopa – Vice-President and President of the South East Asian Gymnastics Zone (SEAGON).
The AGU President present his report that contains a lot of information and activities held in the different Asian countries and he was very satisfied through the request of some Federations that have organized a lot of the AGU events and because of the first time that we realize the organization of all the 6 projects that was plan for the following year, it is a big challenge since we received the subsidy from the FIG in September 2009 in spite of fact that we submit our project in the beginning of the year and we have only 2 months to organize all the program, it is difficult to find organizers and participants despite that we pay all the expenses related to the accommodation, meals and local transportation in addition to the experts who conduct the camp despite that we pay for them every thing plus a per diem.
* The Executive unanimously approved the following:
- The 2009 accounts
- The budget for the year 2010
- AGU development project program for the year 2010.
- Increase the per diem for the EC members to 100 USD per day.
- Give to the Affiliated Federations that have not paid their fees a chance to pay their debt before June 2010.
- Provisional admission of Bahrain Gymnastics Federation and give the recommendation to the General Assembly for the final admission.
- Distribution of the donate equipments from the FIG In depth of the development funds allocated to AGU in 2007.

Allocation of the AGU development project 2010

1Training camp for coaching in RG21-27 / 6 / 2010Kazakhstan
2Training camp for coaching in AERSeptember 2010Mongolia
3Training camp for coaching in TRADecember 2010China
4Training camp for coaching in MAGJune 2010 Mongolia
5Training camp for coaching in WAG (Propose to changed to MAG)December 2010 Pakistan
6Training camp for coaching in MAG–West zoneNovember 2010 Doha – Qatar
Allocation of the next AGU events:


13rd Asian Gymnaestrada21-25/5/2010Hong Kong, China
2Acrobatic Gymnastics Asian Championships25-30/5/2010Almaty- Kazakhstan
316th Asian Games12-27/11/2010Guangzhou - China
4AGU congress 201020 / 12 / 2010Doha - Qatar
52nd Aerobic Gymnastics Asian Championships17-19/12/2010Vietnam
6AGU Executive Committee meeting 2011April 2011India
712th RG Juniors Asian Championships October 2011Thailand
85th ART Seniors Asian ChampionshipsNovember 2012India
913th RG Juniors Asian Championships (Qualify for the Youth Olympic Games)February 2014Malaysia

Dong Fangxiao - CHNThe International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has taken note of a decision recently made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, convened in Dubai for SportAccord, in the case involving Chinese Women’s Artistic gymnast Dong Fangxiao at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney (AUS).
The IOC Executive Board decided to withdraw and re-allocate accordingly the diplomas of the athlete with respect to the Women’s Individual Floor Exercises in which Dong Fangxiao placed sixth, and the Women’s Individual Vault in which she placed seventh.
The Board decided furthermore to withdraw and re-allocate accordingly the medals and diplomas of the Chinese Women’s Team in which Dong Fangxiao participated, namely the Women’s Team event in which the Team placed third.
The decisions come in response to a request submitted by the FIG to the IOC on February 27th by means of an Executive communiqué.
The sanction reflects the Chinese gymnast’s wilful falsification of her date of birth. After a lengthy investigation into the affair, the FIG ruled that there had been a violation of the Federation’s Statutes and Regulations. Consequently, the results obtained by Dong Fangxiao at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games have been cancelled. In addition, the FIG Executive Committee pronounced the cancellation of all results obtained by Dong Fangxiao at the 34th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 1999 in Tianjin, the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Final 2000 in Glasgow (GBR) and all events counting for the FIG World Cup 1999-2000. The Chinese Gymnastics Association will be responsible for covering all court costs.
The FIG stands behind both the IOC’s decision and FIG President Prof. Bruno Grandi, who has once again reiterated his convictions. “Respecting the minimum age of our gymnasts remains a priority and I am committed to safeguarding the health of our athletes. I was very happy to hear the IOC’s decision, which is a full support of the FIG’s request and shows the IOC’s support in FIG fight for justice in sport.”
Chinese fans blamed China's sports system for the ruling that stripped gymnast Dong Fangxiao of her Olympic bronze medal because she was only 14 when she competed. The women’s team bronze will now go to the US gymnastics team.
Chinese sports fans reacted with anger to the news that gymnast Dong Fangxiao had been stripped of her Olympic medal. But their ire was directed at the Chinese government, not the International Olympic Committee.
Cry for Dong Fangxiao, Victim of the Sports System” read the headline on today’s post by Li Jiayang, sports columnist on the popular Netease web portal.
"Competing for her local team in the Chinese National Games, she damaged her knee permanently, in order to win an Olympic medal for the national team, her age was hidden (I don't dare to use the word 'falsify' which may cause trouble)” Mr. Li wrote, “and she has been humiliated. It’s enough to make you cry.”
On Wednesday, the IOC resolved a decade-old scandal with its decision to strip China of a gymnastics bronze medal from the Sydney Olympics for fielding an under-age gymnast.
The women’s team bronze will now go to the US team, following a finding that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 when she competed for China in Australia, two years younger than the minimum allowed.
China, where top athletes are selected and intensively trained from very young ages, has been accused several times of including under-age gymnasts in their world class teams, but this is the first time such accusations have been upheld by an international body.
Though rumors about Ms. Dong swirled among international gymnastics teams in Sydney, the issue attracted wider attention during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when similar doubts were aired about several of the host team’s female athletes.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), the body that governs international gymnastics, later accepted the results of an official Chinese investigation into the 2008 team. Using passports, ID cards, and family registration documents, Beijing convinced the FIG that none of the girls had been too young to compete in Beijing.
The FIG said, however, that it was not satisfied with “the explanations and evidence provided to date” about Dong’s eligibility in 2000, and nullified her results last February. Since Dong’s performance had contributed to the Chinese team’s success, all team members lost their medals due to Wednesday’s IOC decision.
Though Dong’s birthdate is registered in FIG records as Jan. 20th 1983 – the date that the Chinese gymnastics federation provided when she competed – her accreditation at the Beijing Olympics, where she worked as a national technical official, said she was born on Jan. 23rd 1986. That would have made her 14 in Sydney, two years younger than the minimum age of 16.
On her blog, Dong said that she had been born in the Year of the Ox, which ran from February 1985 to February 1986.
The FIG raised the minimum competition age from 14 to 15 in the 1980's, to protect young and still developing athletes from serious injury. The IOC ordered the FIG to raise the age again, to 16, in 1997.

Dong Fangxiao - CHN



China gymnastics_doha 2010Doha (QAT) - March 29, 2010: The day following the Doha tournament, a FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event, participating gymnasts gave themselves over to a welcomed day of rest.
In response to an invitation from Mr Abdulrhaman Alshathri (QAT), President of the Asian Gymnastics Union, gymnasts of the Chinese delegation were received in Alshathri’s traditional tent located in the marvellous city of Syline, followed by an afternoon swim.
The Chinese athletes were more than deserving of their day off, having garnered 6 Gold medals under Doha’s Aspire Dome. The delegation was comprised of female gymnasts Wu Liufang and Huang Qiushuang, and male gymnasts Huang Yuguo, Cao Yulong, Du Wei, Chen Xuezhang, Dong Zhedong and Zhang Chenglong.
The delegation of Canada and South Africa was also present in the journey.
Huang, Cao and Chen will be returning to China while the names of Wu, Huang, Du, Dong and Zhang are already registered on the nominative list of the French stage of the FIG World Cup, April 10 – 11, at the POBP, Paris-Bercy Omnisport Palace.





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Huang Qiushuang & Wu Liufang




SamaranchThe Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) extended its "sincerest sympathies and condolences" to the family and colleagues of former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died on Wednesday April 21,2010 at 89.
Widely credited with renewing and fundamentally changing the landscape of the Olympic Movement, Samaranch led the IOC for 21 years from 1980 until 2001, and was Honorary IOC President at the time of his passing.
Juan Antonio Samaranch maintained an intimate relationship with the international gymnastics community. In 1983, former FIG President Yuri Titov of Russia named him an Honorary Member. In 2006, incumbent President Prof. Bruno Grandi (ITA) made Samaranch the guest of honour at the festivities marking the 125th anniversary of the founding of the FIG in Geneva (SUI).
"I was very sad to hear about the death of Juan Antonio Samaranch, who transformed the modern Olympic movement into what it has become today" said AGU President Mr. Abdurrahman Al-Shathri
During his 21-year presidency, Juan Antonio Samaranch achieved the goals he had set for himself around the themes of unity, development and quality.
The unity of the Olympic Movement led in particular to:
- the inclusion of the People’s Republic of China, begun by Lord Killanin;
- the appointment of active athletes and International Federations’ and National Olympic Committees’ representatives as IOC members;
- the abolition of apartheid in sport, which allowed South Africa’s multiracial team to participate in the Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona in 1992; and
- the return of tennis to the programme of the Olympic Summer Games in Seoul 1988.
Development resulted in:
- an increase in the numbers of NOCs from 149 in 1980 to 199 in 2001;
- an increase in the number of sports at the Olympic Games from 21 in 1980 to 28 in 2001;
- the co-option of women as IOC members;
- the promotion of sports education with the creation of Olympic scholarships for
athletes and coaches;
- the participation of the best athletes in all disciplines, through an amendment of the Rule on eligibility for participation in the Olympic Games;
- the diversification of the financial resources of the Olympic Movement, which no longer depend only on TV rights;
- the promotion of the arts and sport, largely achieved through the construction of the
Olympic Museum.
His concern with better quality can be seen:
- in the intensification of the world-wide fight against doping, under the responsibility of the Medical Commission;
- in the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 1999;
- in the creation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 1983, and an International
Council of Arbitration for Sport in 1993;
- through concrete actions to promote the protection of the environment, especially during the construction of Olympic venues for the Olympic Games.
A contribution to world peace
By strengthening the unity of the Olympic Movement to make it a leading social force of the 20th century, President Samaranch also made it his goal for sport to contribute to peace in the world. Upon the proposal of the IOC, the UN General Assembly unanimously voted in 1993 for a resolution on compliance with the Olympic Truce during the 17th Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. Since then, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly expressed its support for the IOC by unanimously adopting, every two years, one year before each edition of the Olympic Games, a resolution entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal."
An early interest in sport
As a teenager, he was interested in sport and sports development. He practised hockey, boxing and football. He did his studies at the Business School of Barcelona, and moved on to study in London and the USA. He obtained a diploma from the Barcelona Higher Institute of Business Studies (IESE). During his studies, he practised roller hockey, for which he created World Championships in 1951 in his hometown, and which the Spanish team won.

While helping to run the family business, he became a municipal councillor in 1954 in charge of sports, then a member of the Spanish Parliament in 1967. He served as national delegate for physical education and sports for three years. In 1973, he was appointed President of the Barcelona “Diputación” (Provincial Council), from which he resigned in 1977 upon being appointed Spanish ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia by King Juan Carlos I, after the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
A man of the media
In the 1950s, Samaranch took an especially keen interest in the media, realising that, without the media, sport would be unable to achieve the popularity and high profile essential to exerting an influence in modern society. He began to work for the Barcelona evening paper La Prensa, for which he covered the Games of the XV Olympiad in Helsinki in 1952 and major football encounters in the Spanish League.
An active Olympic career
At the same time, he had an active career within the Olympic Movement. He was elected Vice-President of the International Mediterranean Games Committee (CIJM) for the second edition of the Games in Barcelona in 1955. On several occasions, he was appointed Chef de Mission: for the Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1956) and the Summer Games in Rome (1960) and Tokyo (1964). For these last two Games, he was also President of the Spanish delegation.
Elected a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee in 1956, he was its President from 1967 until 1970. He was elected as an IOC member in 1966. Two years later, the then IOC President, Avery Brundage appointed him Head of Protocol (1968-1975 and 1979-1980). A member of the Executive Board (1970-1978, 1979-1980), he was IOC Vice-President from 1974 to 1978.
Elected to the IOC presidency in the first round of voting on 16 July 1980 at the 83rd Session, he succeeded Lord Killanin on 3 August that year. During 21 years, Juan Antonio Samaranch endeavoured to breathe new life into the Olympic Movement. On 16 July 2001, he handed over the IOC presidency to Jacques Rogge and became Honorary President.
Olympic.orgOfficial website of the Olympic Movement


mag_pb-final_wc-doha2010DOHA 24-3-2010: Chinese gymnasts yet again hogged the limelight by plundering four gold medals on the final day of the Third Artistic Gymnastics FIG World Cup yesterday.
The Chinese brigade topped the medals table with six gold medals, three silver and bronze medals each for a total of 11 medals. In all there were 10 golds at stake in his edition of the World Cup.
On the final day at the Aspire Dome, China won four gold medals of the five on offer. They also won one silver and bronze apiece on the day.
On the second day, they had dominated with five medals including two golds, two silvers and a bronze.
It was a huge disappointment for Qatar’s medal hope Nasser Al Hamad as he missed on a podium finish by a whisker.
The youngster tallied 15.600 points in the men’s Vault final to finish fourth. The bronze medal went to Jeffrey Wammes of The Netherlands who scored 15.612 points. The gold was won by Chinese Yulong Cao with a score of 16.062.
Speaking to the media after the final, Nasser admitted his disappointment. However, he tried to look at the brighter side by saying he was satisfied for having notched his best score of his career.
“Obviously, I am disappointed to have missed on a medal in front of the home fans. However, I can be proud and happy that I managed to put in a good performance. This has been my best so far. I can improve further and am looking forward to the other competitions coming up later this year,” the 20-year-old said.
Nasser will be aiming to win medals at the forthcoming Arab Cup in Kuwait, GCC Championship and also the World Championships. All these competitions along with the Asian Games in Guangzhou will be Nasser’s target in 2010.
Qatar Gymnastics Federation’s (QGF) President, Ali Al Hitmi congratulated Nasser for putting a brave effort amid strong contenders.
“I would like to congratulate Nasser for this performance. It was a very good effort from him. He could have won a medal but missed by a narrow margin. But we are happy with this show. We can expect a medal in the future from this talented youngster,” Al Hitmi said as he hugged Nasser and congratulated him after the competition.
Nasser had a consolation when he won the Aspire Rookie Award for male.
In the men’s Parallel Bar event, China’s Zhendong Dong clinched gold for his second medal of the World Cup.
He had won bronze in Pommel Horse event on the second day. Another Chinese woman won gold in the Balance Beam competition. Liufang Wu scored 14.700 points for top position while Croatian Tina Erceg finished second with 13.600 points. The bronze medal went to Jennifer Khwela of South Africa (13.350 points). Khwela had won gold in the Vault event on Tuesday.
After winning Balance Beam event, Wu added one more gold medal as she topped the Floor final. It was Wu’s third medal as she had clinched silver in Uneven Bars event on Tuesday.
China’s Quishuang Huang took Floor silver to add to her Uneven Bars’ gold won on Tuesday. Huang’s efforts won her the Aspire Rookie Award for female.

Vault: 1. Yulong Cao (China) 16.062 points, 2. Jevgenijs Sapronenko (Latvia) 15.862, 3. Jeffrey Wammes (The Netherlands) 15.612, 4. Nasser Al Hamad (Qatar) 15.600.
Parallel Bars: 1. Zhendong Dong (China) 15.900 points, 2. Adam Kierzkowski (Poland) 15.225, 3. Xuezhang Chen (China) 15.150.
Horizontal Bar: 1. Epke Zonderland (The Netherlands) 15.950 points, 2. Chenglong Zhong (China) 15.675, 3. Alijaz Pegan (Slovenia) 15.325.
Balance Beam: 1. Liufang Wu (China) 14.700 points, 2. Tina Erceg (Croatia) 13.600, 3. Jennifer Khwela (South Africa) 13.350.
Floor: 1. Liufang Wu (China) 13.975 points, 2. Quishuang Huang (China) 13.850, 3. Goksu Uctas (Turkey) 13.700.

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