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China team during Asian Games 2006Taipei, May 24 (CNA) A 35-member gymnastics team from China, including many gold medalists from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, arrived in Taipei Sunday for a performance tour.
It was the most prominent Chinese athletic team ever to visit Taiwan, marking a big step forward in sporting exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, said Tsai Chen-wei, chairman of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee.
China won gold medals in the men's team, men's individual all-around, men's floor, men's pommel horse, men's rings, men's parallel bars, men's horizontal bar, women's team, women's uneven bars, men's trampoline and women's trampoline events at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Liu Baoli, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Olympic Committee who is heading the elite gymnastics team on its Taiwan visit, said he hopes the visit will help inspire more Taiwanese youths to take interest in gymnastics and dedicate themselves to the sport.
During its stay, the outstanding Chinese gymnasts will give three exhibition performances -- Monday evening at National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei City; Wednesday evening at Taoyuan County Stadium in Taoyuan City and Friday evening at Miaoli County Stadium in Miaoli City.
(By Taiwan news)

Wang Wei - Asian Games Doha 2006The Chinese media reported, that the three-time Olympic champion of gymnastics YANG Wei, double Olympic gold medallist of the 2008 Beijing Games, confirmed his retirement on Thursday, May 7.
The 29-year-old spearheaded China to the men's team title and collected all-around individual to cap his prolific career.
Yang was also a member in China's gold team 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Before culminating in Beijing, Yang also won seven world titles - so at last at the 2007 Stuttgart worlds, beating the German Fabian Hambuechen -  and two Olympic silvers in an international career spanning 13 years..
According to Yang, injury problems forced him to retire and give up hope of taking part in China's 11th National Games in October.
"I just cannot handle it now although my mind is still there to compete at least for the national games," said Yang to "China Daily,  who pondered to quit at the aftermath of Athens Olympic debacle. "I think it's the time to retire and it would have been more reasonable to retire at the peak of my career after the Olympics. I'm happy I can stick to my training until now and finished top on the Beijing Olympics podium. "I just wanted to end my career following flop in Athens out of concern of injury and my form, but my coach Huang Yubin persuaded me to hang on. I'm so eager to be part of the Beijing Olympic squad, so I said no to the thought of leaving finally," said Yang.
"The longer you stay, the harder to leave. I decided to battle on for my home province Hubei at this year's national games and started training at the beginning of the year, but it turned out to be difficult for me to continue the harsh training for the pain and sore in my injured left elbow. "And in my age, it's much more difficult for me to recover from injuries than before."
Yang refused to reveal his plans for the immediate future.
The versatile Yang can match top gymnasts in all six disciplines and boasts an integral part of the China team and a strong contender for all-around gold at three Olympics.
In Sydney 2000, he finished up with silver and arrived in Athens four years later as one of the gold medal favorites. Yang had the title within his grasp after Paul Hamm fell from the vault, but a fall of his own from the high bar meant he returned home empty-handed as China, the world champions, finished fifth in the team competition.
The 2004 Athens fallout came to Yang's pre-mature thought to quit. Holding cherished expectations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Yang weathered age and injuries to reach the climax of his career in the National Stadium last August by grabbing the all-around gold, leading his team to the team title and snatching a silver in the rings.
* Yang Wei's Vita ...
Born in the central province of Hubei in 1980, Yang was already attending a sports school part time at the age of five. He entered the national team in 1996 at the age of 16 and three years later was a world champion as part of China's team victory at the 1999 Worlds in Tianjin.
In Sydney 2000 he became an Olympic champion, chipping in with the top score as China claimed its first ever team gold. After his Athens disappointment, Yang missed the 2005 world championships in Melbourne but stormed back with three golds in Arhus of Denmark in 2006 and two golds in Stuttgart one year later.
Yang married his long-term girlfriend Yang Yun, a bronze medallist in the uneven bars at the 2000 Sydney Games, last November in a lavish ceremony that drew some criticism from his compatriots.
Following his golden success in Beijing, Yang took time off to enjoy the celebrity spotlight, but planned to return to competition in 2009. The 11th National Games will be held Oct. 11-23 in Shandong.
"It would have been more reasonable to retire at the peak of my career after the Olympics," he told the Chinese press, " ... but I decided to battle on for my home province, Hubei, at this year's National Games and started training at the beginning of the year."

* Source: Chinese media

Wang Wei - Asian Games Doha 2006

Wang Wei - Asian Games Doha 2006














Wang Wei - Asian Games 2006

Universal Sport Palace in Uzbekistan Mr. A-Rahman Al-Shathri- the AGU President has visited Uzbekistan and discussed the ways to develop the sport of Gymnastics in Uzbekistan.

The President Met the   President of Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation, Vice President of Uzbekistan   Gymnastics Federation, the Minister of Uzbekistan’s Olympic Committee, the Minister of culture and Sport and the Secretary-General of Uzbekistan   Gymnastics federation. 

He has seen Universal Sport Palace, where will take place In February 2010, the Juniors RG Asian Championships.  Having such base as Universal Sport Palace and professional coaches, UGF have possibility to hold different events in all kinds of Gymnastics on their own base. The officials and responsible in Uzbekistan welcomed this purpose and promised to assist.



Gymnastics hall in the Universal Sport Palace in Uzbekistan.In February 2010, the Juniors RG Asian Championships will take place in Tashkent; it is the license tournament for the first Youth Olympic Games. This competition will be held in Universal Sport Palace. At this time preparation work for rigging with the essential equipments of sport complex is doing.

The special stage for judges is constructing, cloak-rooms are fitted out, repair of rest-rooms and shower is doing.
Also UGF is going to conduct seminar for the general gymnastics in October 2009 at the same sport complex.
UGF in cooperation with NOС is going to conduct seminar for coaches in artistic gymnastics (MAG).

Al-Shathri in the meeting with the uzbekistan officials 1 May 2009During the discussion, was decided that both sides, Asian Gymnastics Union  from one side and    Gymnastic Federation of Uzbekistan from other side, will cooperate in the development of gymnastic kinds in Asian region, by the organization and conducting International competitions, seminars, congresses, round-table at the territory of Uzbekistan.


Asian Games Doha 2006The FIG member federations will be requested from May 16 to register their gymnasts on the Federation homepage.
In the future indeed, gymnasts intending to participate in any official FIG competition will need to present a FIG licence. Such was the decision taken by the FIG Executive Board in May of 2008, which will come into force at the Artistic World Championships in London (GBR) in September of this year. With time, gymnasts from every discipline will need to follow suit.
The gymnastic passport serves to identify athletes and verify accreditation. The licence is required for the Olympic Games, World and Continental Championships, the World and Continental Games, World Cup Series, International Age Group Competitions and for all FIG-backed competitions and tournaments among federations.
By signing, an athlete attests to his or her identity and age, and consents to a formal athlete profile in the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS), as provided in the WADA Code (World Anti-Doping Agency).
FIG affiliated federations have until June 30, 2009 to register their gymnasts free of charge, after which time a registration fee will become payable

EC Members 2009The Executive Committee meeting was organized in Tehran / IRAN on 18/4/2009, the majority of the members was present to the meeting and was surprised with the wonderful hospitality and a successful organization of the meeting by the Gymnastics Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and his President Mr. Ahmed Mohtashami – EC member and President of the West Asian Gymnastics Zone.
AGU President Mr. Al-Shathri honored Mr. Ahmed Mohtashami President of the West Asian Gymnastics Zone, Mr. Sawat Sopa President of the South East Asian Gymnastics Zone and the President of the Hong, Kong Federation for their effort to develop gymnastics during the last period. 
* The Executive unanimously approved the following:
- The 2009 accounts
- AGU development project program for the year 2009.
- Elevate the former AGU President Mr. Hidenori Futagi to the rank of Honorary President.
- AGU fixed 4 months as deadline to the Federations which did not pay the freight costs of the donated Janssen & Fritsen equipments, otherwise the equipments will be donated to another Federation.
- 4th Seniors Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships will be organized in Astana / KAZ during the period 15-21/10/2009.
- 11th Juniors Rhythmic Gymnastic Asian Championships will be organized in Tashkent / UZB during the period 14-20/02/2010 (Qualify for the Youth Olympic Games 2010).
- 11th Juniors Artistic Gymnastic Asian Championships will be organized in Tokyo / JPN during the period 13-16/03/2010 (Qualify for the Youth Olympic Games 2010).
- Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics Asian Championships will be organized in Astana / KAZ in March 2010 (date will be fixed later) (TRA qualify to the Youth Olympic Games 2010).
- 3rd Asian Gymnaeastrada will be organized during May 2010 in Hong Kong, China (date will be fixed later).
- 16th Asian Games will be organized in Guangzhou / CHN during 12-27/11/2010 and contain 4 Olympic Gymnastics disciplines in their program (MAG – WAG – RG & TRA).
- Unification the names of the AGU zones as the following:
•East Asian Gymnastics Zone.
•South East Asian Gymnastics Zone.
•Central Asian Gymnastics Zone.
•West Asian Gymnastics Zone.

Mr. MohtashamiHKG President










Mr. Sawat

syria-judges-courseThe Syrian Gymnastics Federation in cooperation with Arab Gymnastics Union recently organised its very first International Judges’ Course for Rhythmic Gymnastics in Damascus (SYR), April 30 – May 5, 2009. But that’s not to say they’re not seasoned organisers; parallel to the RG course the federation hosted judges’ courses for both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. All three courses were held at the facilities provided by the Syrian Olympic Committee, where each conference hall boasts a 30 person capacity.
An opening ceremony was held on April 30 at the Syrian Olympic Academy for more than 60 participants from 11 countries. Judges from Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria took part in the courses.
The facilities were well-equipped making it easy for FIG Experts to ensure excellent practical and theoretical presentations.
Newly elected to the FIG Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee, Edouard Iarov (CAN) led the MAG Judges’ Course, at the end of which 21 of a total of 30 course participants took the exam.
With the exception of one judge, those who took the WAG course exam passed with flying colours. The course was led by FIG WTC Vice President Donatella Sacchi (ITA).
Expert and member of the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics TC Noha Abou Shabana (EGY) was pleased to announce that all 12 course participants for Rhythmic Gymnastics successfully passed the exams.
Course results were announced by the FIG Experts at a closing ceremony given by the Syrian Gymnastics Federation at the Syrian Academy on May 5. A culminating banquet topped things off in Damascus Old Town.
The FIG Experts expressed their special thanks to the Syrian Gymnastics Federation and Mr M. Youssef Al-Tabbaa, President of the federation and FIG Council Member, for their hospitality and the flawless organisation of all three courses.


FIG Academy Doha 2009In the last week of April and only one week after a successful Level 3 Academy in Australia, the Qatar Gymnastics Federation also hosted a Level 3 FIG Academy for Artistic Gymnastics. It was the 58th Academy overall and the 40th Academy for Artistic Gymnastics since this coaching education program began in 2002. For Qatar, it was the fourth time to host an FIG Academy – all three levels for Artistic Gymnastics and the first ever Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics.
A total of 28 coaches from ten countries attended this Academy. There were 21 MAG coaches from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria, Uzbekistan and Yemen as well as seven WAG coaches from Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Syria. The first time attendance of Uzbekistan brings to 95 the number of federations that have attended an FIG Academy. The course was conducted in English with translation into Arabic.
Except for the coach from Uzbekistan who qualified for direct entry into Level 3, all of the other coaches had had to have successfully completed Level 1 and Level 2 Academies in Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar as a prerequisite to enter the course.
Carol-Angela Orchard of Canada taught all of the women’s apparatus as well as choreography and Pedro Almeida, the Portugal Technical Director, taught all of the men’s apparatus. Ignacio Grande of Spain taught four theory lectures covering a wide variety of contemporary topics and Thomas Heinen of Germany taught psychology. The course leader was Hardy Fink the Director of FIG Education and Academy Programs. He also taught biomechanics and medical issues related to injury. This Academy marked the 50th that he has been responsible for organizing since his FIG position began in January 2005; making it almost exactly one Academy per month since then.
The course was held at a wonderful training centre associated with the Khalifa Primary School in Doha. It has a classroom directly above the gymnasium and located such that the gymnasium activities can be observed.
Three coaches met special eligibility requirements to attempt the examination for the FIG Brevet but none of them were successful in achieving the required 85% on the combined theory and practical examinations. The results in general were quite low for a Level 3 Academy but there were a number of exceptional candidates and results.
The highest results for MAG and for the course overall was achieved by Mazin ALMUSTAFA of Iraq. Only slightly behind was WAG coach Khaleel Taha AL¬KAWASMEH of Jordan.
The organization of the course was of the highest quality and all technical, audio-visual, and educational equipment as well as helpers was constantly available. Two extra MAG gymnasts from Uzbekistan and two WAG gymnasts from Syria were there to assure that the quality of demonstrator gymnasts was of sufficiently high quality for the Level 3 Academy content.
Thanks and congratulations go to the Qatar Gymnastics Federation and its new President Ali AL-HITMI and his team of workers, translators and gymnasts for organizing such a successful FIG Academy.  

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