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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysia’s rhythmic gymnast Chong Lok Yi will be looking forward to win medals at the SEA Games which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 19-30.
“It’s my first SEA Games. I’m quite excited. I need to be consistent and help my country make a clean sweep of all the six gold medals,” Lok Yi told www.thestar.com.
Besides Lok Yi, Koi Sie Yan, Amy Kwan Dict Weng and Izzah Amzan will represent the hosts in the multi-discipline competition.
Sie Yan and N Shasangari Sivaneswary were joint gold medallists in the individual all-around in Singapore two years ago.
“I’ve two major challenges. First, the event and then studies. I hope to do well in both. It’s all about striking the right balance,” said the 17-year-old, who won a gold in the clubs event at the Asean Schools Games in Singapore last month.
Lok Yi joined the national junior team at 12, but almost left the sport in the first year.
“It was difficult to cope with the training sessions. I was too scared. But I won a bronze in the clubs in 2012. It helped me to stay in the sport,” said Lok Yi.
Malaysia’s best outing in rhythmic gymnastics was at the 2001 KL Games when they made a clean sweep of all six gold medals.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Tokyo will host the 2019 Trampoline World Championships just months before Japan welcomes the world for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Executive Committee at its meeting in Tonsberg, Norway, decided to entrust the Japanese Gymnastics Association with hosting the 34th edition while Russia will host next year’s edition.
The competition, which will provide a qualifying path for the Olympics, will take place from November 29 to December 1 at the future Olympic arena in Tokyo while the World Age Group Competitions will follow from December 5-8.
This will be second time that Japan will be hosting the championships it was held in Osaka in 1984.
“The Worlds will provide the perfect platforms to showcase trampoline, synchronised trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling. Russia has a great history in all of these disciplines with so many inspiring, world-class champions. As far as Tokyo is concerned, it’s a great opportunity for the gymnasts to be able to compete in the same arena as the 2020 Olympic Games,” said FIG President Morinari Watanabe.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s four-time world champions Dong Dong and Tu Xiao added another golden chapter to in men’s acrobatic gymnastics and synchronised trampoline by winning their second consecutive titles at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland on Sunday.
The Games, officially called the X World Games, is a major international multi-discipline event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested at the Olympic Games
Dong and Xiao are aware of glory at the Games after having triumphed in Cali, Colombia, four years ago.
But the Chinese pair had to endure a bit of struggle in the qualification round when Dong made a rare mistake by landing on the boards of the trampoline mid-routine and putting China in the unusual position of needing help from other pairs to assure themselves a place in the final.
They got it, and used their second chance to blitz the field, delivering their usual brilliance for first place.
Wrocław was the sixth city in Europe after London (1985), Karlsruhe (1989), The Hague (1993), Lahti (1997) and Duisburg (2005) to host the competition.
 
AGU Office, Doha (Qatar): One of the legendary gymnasts, Nellie Vladimirovna Kim turned 60 on July 29.

Born in Shurab, Tajikhstan, in 1957, she inherited her eyes from her father, a Korean descendant.

Due to her father’s work at a slate factory, she moved to Shymkent, Kazakhstan, soon after her birth, where she discovered gymnastics at the age of 9.
She became the second woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score after Nadia Comaneci and rivalled the Romanian and Ludmilla Tourischeva in
the 70s.
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, which will be hosting this year’s FIG World Championships, Kim won three gold in team, vault and floor and silver medal in all-around
“I enjoyed at Montreal. That was my greatest time. Those two individual medals are my favorites because I got perfect 10s,” she said in an interview recently.
Four years later in Moscow Games, she claimed two gold medals in team and floor exercises.
But Kim’s major contribution to the sport was when he helped design the alteration in the Code of Points as the President of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee.
Her efforts ended the use of the Perfect 10 in 2006 when she introduced uncapped scoring for gymnasts after judging controversies tarnished the sport at the 2004 Athens Games.
She, along with former FIG President Bruno Grandi, is believed to have ended the scandal after bringing a radical change of the old Code while clean execution and artistry are now considered as the main priorities.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): A five-day common training camp for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) was held at the Princess Rahma Gymnastics Center in Amman, Jordan, from July 16-20.
 
The programme was held under the aegis of the Asian Gymnastics Union.
 
The Jordan Gymnastics Federation Secretary Ms Nuha Hatter opened the camp with a welcome message from HH the JGF President and other board members to all the participants.
 
A total of 20 participants including coaches and gymnasts from Qatar, Syria, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Palestine and Afghanistan took part in the camp, which was conducted by South Korea’s 1996 Olympian and FIG Technical Committee member Yoon Soo-Han. 
 
The program included theoretical and practical sections in the morning and evening sessions under Mohamed Al Ahkdar, JGF Technical Manager.
Qatar had sent a maximum of participants (four) with one coach and three gymnasts Raslen Saoud, Tameem Kerab and Abdulla Al Harith while Nepal, Syria and Afghanistan had one gymnast each during the event.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s Zhang Luo won the men’s tumbling title with a score of 75.100 at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, but their overall performances left a lot to be desired.
While Luo beat the US and Russian competitors in his event, his compatriots had a torrid time in acrobatic where they finished behind Great Britain while Israel came third.
Despite an extraordinary display of ‘difficulty’ shown by Chinese world champions Li Zheng, Rui Liuming, Zhang Teng and Zhou Jiahuai, it was not good enough to pip the British gymnasts as the medal was decided on the strength of superior ‘Execution and Artistry’ scored by the latter.
Meanwhile, in one of their most disappointing shows, Li Dan and Zhong Xingping, reigning world champions since 2013, failed to defend their crown in the women’s synchronised trampoline after an unexpected fall by Li crashed their hopes in the qualifiers. Azerbaijan’s Sviatlana Makshtarova and Veronika Zemlianaia won the silver behind Ukraine.
In aerobics, China won a gold and two silver medals while Japan and South Korea won a gold and silver each.
Rhythmic, trampoline, tumbling, acrobatics and aerobics are part of the competition, but artistic gymnastics is not contested because all of its disciplines are Olympic sports.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Dr Zahra Inche Dargahi became Iran Gymnastics Federation’s (IGF) first woman President after she was elected at a recent election held in Tehran, Iran.
Dargahi will have four-year term till 2021, as reported in Tehran Times
“I thank everyone for reposing their faith in me. I’m really honoured to be elected IGF head. I’ll do my best to develop the sport in our country. The Iranian women can participate wearing a hijab,” said Dargahi.
Shervin Asbaghian and Habib Nozohouri came second and third with 12 and four votes respectively, according to Tehran Times. Reza Mohammad Kazemi also received four votes.
 
 

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