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AGU Office: BANGKOK (THA) May 15, 2017: China Is out to assert its supremacy in the 7th Asian Senior Artistic and 14th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships opening at the Nimibtur Gymnasium inside the sprawling Thailand National Stadium Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
After a lackluster showing in the last year’s Rio Olympic Games where they failed to capture a gold medal, the Chinese “are sending their first team to our events here,” according to Asian Gymnastics Union Technical Manager Anis Saoud in an interview on Monday
“Maybe they want all of the gold medals here,” Saoud noted.
China is also bidding to bounce back from its runner-up finish in the Asian Seniors edition held in Hiroshima, Japan in 2015 when it went home with five gold, five silver and three bronze medals behind overall champion Japan, which had an 8-7-3 tally.
The Chinese have a full complement of five athletes in the men’s and women’s divisions of both the Asian Seniors and Asian juniors competitions held  one after the other for the first time in this “Land of Smiles.”
Both tournaments have drawn a record number of participating countries and participants, with the Asian Seniors attracting 20 countries and 135 gymnasts and the Asian Juniors 23 countries and 151 athletes.
Aside from China and Japan, also competing in the Asian Seniors are the countries of Indonesia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Iran, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese-Taipei, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
In the Asian Juniors, the other countries vying are Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese-Taipei, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Making its debut in both competitions is Turkmenistan: two women in the Asian Seniors and five boys and one girl in the Asian Juniors, respectively.
Gymnastics action opens with the Asian Juniors on Tuesday at 3 p.m. with two gold medals up for grabs in the girl’s team and individual events.
Competition will be suspended 5:15 p.m. to give way to the opening ceremonies, followed by the awarding rites for winners in the team and individual all-around events.
On Wednesday will be the boys team and all-around competitions while Asian Juniors individual apparatus finals for both girls and boys will the following day.
Monday was training day for all of the gymnasts taking part in both tournaments as well as the technical briefing of judges for both men’s artistic gymnastics and women’s artistic gymnastics.  

AGU Office: BANGKOK (THA) May 15, 2017 – Caught up in the spirit of innovation, the Asian Gymnastics Union is set to spring new ideas in making its major events such as the Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics and Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championship more attractive for both athletes and fans alike.
“We want to make these popular events event better and more organized to attract the best athletes and more fans to our beautiful Olympic sport,” said AGU Technical Manager Anis Saoud on Monday on the eve of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistics Championships here.
“When you have the Asian championships it is like a mini world championships because we feature some of the world’s best athletes in our competitions,” the amiable Saoud pointed out of the huge potential of their centerpiece tournaments. 
 As part of the AGU’s new four-year plan in attracting a new generation of gymnastics fans in the continent and beyond, he said that this year’s competitions held at the spacious Nimibutr Gymnasium within the Thai National Stadium  Sports Complex will be recorded on video and posted on the organization’s website (
“We will be recording the highlights of both our competitions by video here and post them on our AGUdwebsite,” he said. “Next time we will be do live video streaming so our fans throughout Asia can witness our events live wherever they are. We want these events to be accessible online”
The hardworking Tunisian AGU official bared that under AGU President Abdulrahman Al-Shathri of Qatar, the AGU is taking more steps in promoting and popularizing the dynamic the dynamic and visually sport throughout the Asian region.
Along this line, the AGU for the first time is offering modest cash prizes to team and individual winners in the Asian Seniors competitions, he disclosed.
“For example, we will be offering $1,000 to the team champions in the seniors competitions. We will distribute $14,100 in cash prizes to our winning gymnasts here,” said Saoud. “It may appear small now but we plan to raise the prize money in the future because we want the best and brightest gymnasts to take part in our events.
“We foresee these competitions to be our showcase for our sport as we attract more sponsors and we continue to grow.”
He underlined that AGU’s policies and directions were on the right path by pointing out that the Asian Seniors has drawn 20 participating countries and 24 for the Asian Juniors, both records, as well as rise in the number of athletes in both competitions. 
Saoud also took the opportunity to congratulate the officials of the Gymnastics Association of Thailand led by President Mr. Srayuth Pathanasak in hosting both tournaments simultaneously.
“We know the difficulties in hosting these competitions at the same time so we would like to congratulate the Gymnastics Association of Thailand for being prepared in conducting them,” he noted. “We look forward to a successful staging of both tournaments.”
Saoud added that whatever shortcomings the Thai hosts might have “our athletes should learn to adjust because whether it is a good or bad situation they must learn to cope with the conditions. It is part of their growing experience.”

Doha (QAT) April 19, 2017: With China’s receding fortune in gymnastics, the pressure will be on them to regain their lost glory at the 14th Junior Artistic Asian Championships, which starts at the National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 16-21.
A total of 146 gymnasts from 24 nations will hope to showcase their talents while China will face stiff challenges from Japan and Chinese Taipei, who have done really well in the last couple of years.
126 athletes from 22 countries took part in the competition in the previous edition in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2014.
The competition, organised by the Asian Gymnastics Union, will help the juniors prepare for the 2018 Asian Championships, which will be a qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Meanwhile, the tournament will be a kind of assessment for the Chinese as they will be keen to wipe out their Rio Games memory as well as in the Asian competitions.
In the current scenario, the Chinese gymnasts play a second fiddle to Japan, who have emerged stronger and confident.
Japan took the team gold at the 2014 Asian Games, with China finishing third while South Korea came second.
Even at the Rio Games last year, Japan clinched the team all-around gold, followed by Russia and China, who finished 13th in the medals table with one silver and four bronze medals.
Interestingly, the gymnasts will adapt to the new Code of Points in the tournament, which like the seniors, will be the first Asian Championships in the new Olympic cycle. 
According to the FIG rule, those born between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2003, will be eligible to compete in the boys’ category while girls should be born between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2004.

Doha (QAT) AGU Office, May 2, 2017: The competition draw for the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships, which begins May 16 in Bangkok (THA) was held Monday April 24, at the Thailand Gymnastics Association Headquarters in Bangkok (THA) with the presence of Mr. Srayuth Patanasak – President of Thailand Gymnastics Association, Mr. Anis SAOUD – AGU Technical Manager, Mr. Saksit Suwansa the Competition Manager, Mrs. Kusumarn and the staff members of the Local Organizing Committee.
The draw, which determines the order of the team and gymnasts in which apparatus and subdivision will compete in the qualification round, often influences a competitor’s strategy and preparation.
With just over two weeks before the Asian Championships begin on May 16, all the Asian gymnasts are in full preparation mode for the biggest event before the World Championships that will be held in Montreal this year.
Twenty countries have registered to participate at the Senior event and twenty-four countries have registered at the Junior events.
Results of the draw in the attachment files 
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Doha (QAT) April 19, 2017: Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian gymnast to compete at the Olympics in Rio last year, will miss the next month’s Senior Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, following a knee surgery early this month.
The 23-year-old underwent an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai which has ruled her out of the competition.
Karmakar, who won a bronze at the 2015 Asian Championships in Hiroshima, Japan, shot to fame by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, where she came fourth in vault.
She hogged the spotlight after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she became the first Indian female gymnast to achieve the feat.

Several top stars are expected to take part in the 7th Senior Artistic Asian Championships, which will be organised by Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) in Bangkok, Thailand, from May18 to 21.
More than 100 gymnasts will be seen in action while the previous edition held in Hiroshima, Japan, two years ago had attracted 116 athletes from 16 countries.
The women’s and men’s qualification will be held on May 18 and 19, with the finals on May 20 and 21 respectively.
There will be eight events in the men’s category, with top contenders China and Japan will fight it out in the team, individual all-around, floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars. 
The women gymnasts will contest in the team, individual all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.
China will have the largest delegation with 24 members followed by Japan (23), Thailand (20) and Chinese Taipei (20) in the tournament, which will be the first Asian competition in the new Olympic cycle where the gymnasts will follow the new Code of Points.
It will be interesting to see if Japan, who topped the medals tally with eight gold, seven silvers and three bronze medals in 2015, can maintain their domination.
China, once a top side, has failed to show promise and finished second two years back, with 13 medals. Their slide in performance at the Asian meet was also reflected in Rio Games last year.
Hong Kong, who came third, was the only other nation to win a gold besides a silver medal.

Fifteen years ago, from February 18-25, 2002, the first FIG Academy was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Forty-three coaches from nine countries participated, representing Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan.
The course was led by Adrian Stan (ROU) and lectures were given by the experts Hardy Fink (CAN) and Tim Lees (AUS) for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Brian McVey (CAN) for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Nellie Kim (BLR) for dance, choreography and Balance Beam artistry, Keith Russell (CAN) for anatomy and physiology, John Palmela (USA) for psychology and Patria Hume (NZL) for biomechanics and first aid.
Former FIG President Bruno Grandi (ITA) and former Secretary General Norbert Bueche flew in for the closing dinner, where they made speeches and gave out the certificates.
To date, more than 8,000 coaches from 127 different federations have participated in a total of 251 Academies.
The coach education programme, which expanded with the worldwide introduction of the Age Group Development and Competition Programme in 2011 and entered an agreement with the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programme to combine courses in 2014, is unique in the world of amateur sports. It enjoys an enormous amount of administrative and financial support, not only from the FIG, but also from the many federations whose contributions in hosting, teaching and helping to develop the curriculum is vital to the great success of the programme.
Spreading the message of safe, healthy and systematic training of gymnasts towards excellence, the various programmes aim to ensure greater worldwide consistency in the content and focus of coach education. Special efforts are made to provide coaches with an understanding that the 11-15 age period is critical for gymnasts; during this time they are capable of learning complex aerial skills quickly, but are also susceptible to debilitating acute, chronic and overuse physical injuries, as well as emotional and psychological damage.
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