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AGU Office, Incheon (KOR): October 1, 2016: The General Assembly meeting held in Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea on September 27, 2016.
Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shathri, AGU President opened the meeting with a welcomed message of the attendees and wishes them a nice stay in Incheon – Korea. In addition, he appreciates the invitation of Korea Gymnastics Association to this Congress and he takes the opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude, especially to the President of the Association Mr. Chan Kun HAN, and the Secretary General Mr. SOH Jeongho, and of course, all the people associate to this federation for their valuable cooperation with AGU.
Then the Vice-President of Korea Gymnastics Association and President of Incheon Gymnastics Association Mr. Wangjun LEE welcome the delegates present in Songdo, Incheon.

The meeting starts with a memorial for Mr. Saif Abu Edel: the FIG EC Member, a President of the Arab Gymnastics Union and the President of Kuwait Gymnastics Federation

The meeting took these principal decisions:

1- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved Formation of the Voting office:

Member   Lee Hosik                 EAST ASIAN Zone
Member   Cynthia Norton         South east zone
Member   Mohammad Makki     EST ASIAN Zone

2- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the agenda of the meeting

3- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the minutes of the last General Assembly Meeting held in Doha – QAT on December 8, 2014.

4- Following the situation of the South East Asian Gymnastics Zone which is the following:
- We received a resignation from Mr. Jiradej Worapainkul on September 21st, 2015
- We received a minutes from the SEAGZONE of the Executive Committee Meeting dates August 29, 2015 held in Kuala Lumpur informing us that the EC of the SEAGZONE took the following decisions:
• Nominate Mr. KAU Git Kaur as President of the Zone and AGU Vice-President.
• Nomination of the technical committee members.

The problem is that the statutes of the South East Asian Zone is not approved by AGU yet because they did not update it according to our last version 2013. So this situation became against our statutes– For that - we wrote a letter to the federations belong to the zone to explain how to do with such situation, and the AGU EC approved unanimously: 

- According to the official resignation of Mr. Jiradej Worapainkul, we ask the SEAGZONE Federations to nominate a candidate to the Vice-President who will be automatically President of the SEAGZONE (according to AGU Statutes 2013). The vote will be done during the Congress today just after all the reports.
- Then - SEAGZONE will have a General Assembly to decide about the board members and update their statutes, that must follow the AGU Statutes according to the Article 56: Approval of Statutes of Zones.
- Also - Review the Technical Committee Members according to the election made in AGU congress 2014.

• I want to thaks the federations belong to the SEAGZONE for their understanding. And we received 2 candidates for the President of the zone:
- From MAS: Mr. KAU Git Kaur
- From THA: Mr. Srayuth PATANASAK
* The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved to make election during the General Assembly and Mr. Srayuth PATANASAK decide to withdraw from this position.
- The new Vice-President of the AGU is Mr. KAU Git Kaur from Malaysia who will act as President of the SEAGZONE.
5- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2015.
6- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2016 which contain the AGU development project according to the following:
- The program and the Budget of the AGU Development Project 2016 approved by the FIG, the budget contains all the expenses of the project (accommodation, meals, expenses for the expert including the flight ticket and the per diem, also the local transportation and an amount to help and encourage the participants to come.
- FIG Approved the following program with a total of 265.000 USD
- The program contains 4 FIG academies: for MAG – WAG – RG and TRA in QAT and PHI which give good opportunity for our coaches to have a FIG Academy Diplomas. 
- One training course for MAG in HKG and one training course for WAG in JOR – one training camp for AER in Thailand and one training camp for Gymnastics for All in Jordan.
- The Scientific Symposium will be confirmed later and should be organized parallel with a training camp.
7- Allocation of the AGU Events 2016 – 2019:
• Since we did not found organizer for the ART Senior Asian Championships in 2016, we prefer to organize in 2017 – Junior and Senior ART Asian Championships (it can be in the same country or in different country). To keep our Juniors competing because there no many junior’s events.
• We have a request from Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation to organize RG Asian Championships in 2017
• Also a request from Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation to organize ACRO Asian Championships in 2017
• Also we have a request from Mongolia Gymnastics Federation to organize an AER Asian Championships in 2017.
• In 2018: We have to find organizers for at least ART – RG and TRA events because it will be qualifying events for the Youth OG 2018.
• In additional we will have the Asian Games in Indonesia 18/8 – 2/9/2018.
• And finally the AGU Congress 2018 which should be elective to renew our authorities – for that we have a request from Qatar Gymnastics Federation to host again the Congress 2018.
- For your information, The Dates for our events was selected according to the proposal of the FIG to elaborate an annual calendar for gymnastics for whole the word, in additional the continent championships will be qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games and also for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the calendar of AGU events and request to coordinate with the Organizing Committee to finalize the place and dates as soon as possible.
8- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved to Send a reminder to the Olympic Council of Asia Regarding our pervious request to add Aerobic and RG group events to the next Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.

9–  The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved a suggestion to send official request for FIG to create a support plan for AGU countries who will host future Asian championships, since these event will be qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 and Olympic Games 2020.

10- in the Honorary Awards and Distinctions the president of the AGU propose the following:
AGU Choose this time a gymnast – She is a world and Olympic level gymnast who has competed for the Soviet Union, Germany and Uzbekistan. Her career as an elite gymnast has spanned more than a quarter century. She began competing at the international level in 1989 / She is the only female gymnast ever to compete in seven Olympic Games, and is one of only two female gymnasts to compete at the Olympics under three different national teams / She has also competed in 10 World Championships, three Asian Games and three Goodwill Games. She holds the record for the most individual world championships medals on a single event (nine, on the vault): Oksana Chusovitina.
The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved his proposal.

11- AGU President open the second session with the following:
2016 is a turning point for the FIG since the 81th Congress Meeting in Tokyo gives the opportunity to the FIG to renew its authorities. With the departure of the estimated Prof. Grandi, FIG will be introduced to a new kind of politics and the new upcoming president should affect all of us.
Today we will introduce you all our candidates to the FIG congress to memorize them very well because they will represent Asia in the first stage, and we have to help them because our aim is to retain the spirit “Together we are stronger” – their success is our success too.
So - we now face new challenges and responsibilities. We must build on our success and keep the AGU moving forward as partner with FIG and alongside our friends and colleagues in other continents.
Then, he presents all the Asian candidates to the next 81th Congress Meeting in Tokyo. Starting with Mr. Watanabe Morinari – candidate to the FIG President who speaks about his Quadrennial Plan (2017 - 2020 cycle), then Dr. LUO Chaoyi – candidate to the FIG Vice-President and then all te EC, council members to all the candidates to the technical committees.

Finally, Mr. Al-Shathri welcomes the President of the FIG - Prof. Bruno GRANDI with “We appreciate a lot the cooperation and the support that Prof. Grandi done for Asia, It is the reality not because he is here, I want to thanks him too much / Mr. Bruno has the opportunity to come in our meeting to have a speech, then we can have a discussion”

Followed by a presentation of Mrs. Nellie KIM – FIG WAG Technical Committee President which showing the performance of the WAG Asian Gymnasts during last world championships and Olympic Games 2016.

The meeting close with a nice photo of all the delegates present.


AGU Office, Incheon (KOR): October 1, 2016: The Executive Committee meeting held in Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea on September 26, 2016.
After the opening of the meeting by Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shathri, AGU President with a welcomed message of the attendees and wishes them a nice stay in Incheon – Korea. The meeting took these principal decisions:

1- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the formation of the Voting office:

Member  Lee Hosik                 EAST ASIAN Zone
Member  Cynthia Norton         South east zone
Member  Mohammad Makki    WEST ASIAN Zone

2- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2015 which will be presented for approval at the General Assembly next day on September 27, 2016.
3- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2016 which will be presented for approval at the General Assembly next day on September 27, 2016.
4- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved to Send a reminder to the Olympic Council of Asia Regarding our pervious request to add Aerobic and RG group events to the next Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.

5- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved a suggestion to send official request for FIG to create a support plan for AGU countries who will host future Asian championships, since these event will be qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 and Olympic Games 2020.

6- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved to submit a proposal for Mr. Bruno Grandi as following:

- Continents to nominate Technical Committee Members for each committee (Europe 2, Asia 2, Africa 1, PAGU 1, Oceania 1). The Member/members of each continent to be selected during the continent congress which to to be held prior the FIG election congress.

- The Continental Union must elect the member/members and submit to the FIG in its General assembly no later than 1 month before FIG congress. The FIG Congress to select the Technical committee presidents among the elected members.

- Then the FIG Congress will select one president for each technical committee among the nominated elected members provided by the continental unions.


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.


Doha (QAT) AGU Office, September 30, 2016: The Yellow Sea port city of Qingdao, China, was decked out with flags for the 2016 Asian Gymnaestrada, a five day Gymnastics for All festival that enlivened the metropolis from September 20-24.
More than 10,000 gymnasts from seven federations – Australia, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Malaysia – came together for the fifth edition of the Asian Gymnaestrada. In addition to an outdoor opening ceremony attended by all participants, the programme featured traditional group performances, a rich and diverse Gymnastics gala, yoga activities and an Aerobic Dance competition.
“During the opening ceremony, all gymnasts performed together and it created a friendly start to the event,” said Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist, President of the FIG Gymnastics for All Committee, which oversees the World Gymnaestrada. “The gala was a very special experience, both for the performing gymnasts as for the 12,000 people in the audience. With high quality sound and light, we enjoyed a fantastic show with selected Gymnastics and Dance groups and World champions from Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics. As at the opening ceremony, the gala ended with everyone dancing together.”
Gymnastics for All is on the rise in China, with clubs focused on gymnastics for fun and fitness springing up in several cities. Qingdao, the first Chinese city to host an Asian Gymnaestrada, hopes to host more Gymnastics for All events in the future and increase the number of federations who attend, Sikkens Ahlquist said.
“We saw some very interesting performances and really hope that we in the future will see some of these groups performing at the World Gym for Life Challenge in Norway in 2017 or at the World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, Austria in 2019,” she added.
The opportunities and challenges of developing Gymnastics was the main topic of a summit forum held during the event. Presenters included Sikkens Ahlquist, Dr. Luo Chaoyi, President of the Chinese Gymnastics Federation, Araki Tatsuo, President of the Asian Gymnastics Union’s Gymnastics for All Committee, Qingdao organiser Zhang Ying and Wang You Ping.


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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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.

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.



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