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AGU Office, BANGKOK (THA) May 17, 2017: Thailand rolled out the welcome with colorful opening ceremonies ushering in the 7th Asian Senior and 14th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium here on Tuesday.
The country’s leading sports officials graced the inaugural rites in greeting close to 500 athletes and officials from 22 countries taking part in both competitions sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
Participating nations had one delegate each during the opening ceremonies, accompanied by a chaperone garbed in the traditional “chut thai,” or native costume, carrying a sign from where they came from.  
“It is with great pride and pleasure that we welcome all the gymnasts and officials participating in this great event,” Pongpanu Swetharun, Permament Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sport, said in his opening address.
He cited the Gymnastics Association of Thailand in its effort of developing the dynamic and attractive Olympic sport in the country by “securing the honor of being the host of these prestigious tournaments. I wish both competitions great success,” and formally declaring the championships open.
For his part, Lt. Cmdr. Srayuth Pratanasak RTN, GAT President, expressed his appreciation in securing both government and private support in hosting both the Asian Seniors and Asian Juniors tournaments.
Pratanasak outlined the GAT’s aims in conducting both events: encourage more Thais to take part in gymnastics, raise the standards of local judges, showcase the country’s ability to stage big international sports events and boost the Thailand’s income through sports tourism.
He also thanked the tireless efforts of the GAT staff and personnel in making the event successful.
Also present during the occasion was AGU Secretary General Mohammad Saeed of Qatar and Chatichai Payuhanaveechai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Government Savings Bank, a major sponsor of the event.
To literally light up the festivities, Swetharun and Pratanasak both touched a huge transparent globe, triggering a kaleidoscope of sounds and colors that filled the arena, and paved the way for an impressive tableau to cap the program.
Wowing the crowd, the presentation featured  young boys and girls  wearing bright sequined tights and skirts doing calisthenics, followed by teeners doing ethnic dances in dynamic “gymnastics” fashion and a mock battle in muay thai, or kick boxing, Thailand’s popular and ethnic combat sport.
 
OPENING ADDRESS:  Pongpanu Swetharun, Permament Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sport, delivers the opening address at the start of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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WELCOME REMARKS: Lt. Cmdr. Srayuth Pratanasak RTN, Gymnastics Association of Thailand President, welcomes the participants at the start of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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APPRECIATION AWARD: : Lt. Cmdr. Srayuth Pratanasak RTN, Gymnastics Association of Thailand President, (left) presents a plaque o appreciation to Pongpanu Swetharun, Permament Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sport, for gracing the opening  rites of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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MAJOR SPONSOR:   Chatichai Payuhanaveechai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Government Savings Bank, whose company is a major sponsor of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships being held at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand. (opening cere 6 pix)
PARTICIPANTS:  Participants listen during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships being held at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
OPENING RITES SHOW: Part of the colorful show during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships being held at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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AGU Office, BANGKOK (THA) May 16, 2017: China began its campaign in the 14th Asian Junior Gymnastics Championships with a bang, sweeping both girls individual and team all-around golds at the Nimibtur Gymnasium inside the sprawling Thai National Stadium Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
Anchored by newcomer Chen Yile, who tallied an individual high of 55.00 points, the Chinese captured the team championship with an imposing score of 161.10 points in the tournament sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
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They finished nearly eight points ahead of runner-up Japan (153.35), which narrowly took the silver over bronze medalist South Korea (153.00).
Japanese  Chiaki Hatakeda and Mana Oguchi settled for the individual all-around silver and bronze medal with scores of 51.90 and 51.70 points, respectively, in the competition using the  $50,000 computerized scoring system of  the Gymnastics Association of Thailand.
AGU Secretary General  Mohammad Saeed of Qatar awarded the team medals while Syrian’s Rima Kizilgun, the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee President, did the same for the individual winners.
“I am very happy because this is my first international tournament and I was able to win golds,” said  Chen,15,  who began her gymnastics career at the tender age of eight years old, through an interpreter of her surprisingly strong performance.
Chen was a picture of precocious poise and precision on the uneven bars for the highest individual score of 14.05 points. Her other scores were 13.75 in the vault, 13.80 in the balance beam and 13.40 in the floor exercise.
The Guangzou City native can boost her gold-medal collection as she and teammate Zhu Ruiyu, who finished sixth overall with 50.85 points, will advance to the individual apparatus finals of the Asian Juniors  on Thursday.
“We hope we can continue our strong performance in the boys competitions tomorrow (Wednesday),” said a Chinese team spokesperson.
Scheduled on Wednesday will be the juniors boys individual and all-around finals.
Among the gymnasts to watch is Filipino Carlos Yulo, who has been training intensively for nearly a year in the Japan national gymnastics training center in Tokyo.
Known as the “Tiny Twister,” Yulo bagged a gold medal in the rings on top of two silvers and a bronze medal in the prestigious Voronin Cup held in Moscow, Russia last December.  
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ASIAN JUNIORS GIRLS TEAM GOLD MEDALISTS:  Members of the Chinese team, led by girls individual all-around individual champion Chen Yile (fourth from left), proudly display the gold medals they won for winning the team all-around event in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. (team China pix)
ASIAN JUNIORS SILVER MEDALISTS: Japanese team members display their silver medals for placing second in the team  ll-around event  in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
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ASIAN JUNIORS BRONZE MEDALISTS: South Korean team members display their bronze medals for taking third place in the team all-around event in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
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INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND WINNERS:  Individual all-around girls gold medalist China Chen Yile (center) is flanked by Japan’s Chiaki Hatakeda (left) and Mana Oguchi, who settled for the silver and bronze medal, respectively, in  in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 
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WINNING FORM: Individual all-around girls gold medalist Chen Yile of China shows off her dazzling form in the floor exercise. 
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SOARING SHOWING: Japan’s Chiaki Hatakeda, the girls all-around silver medalist, soars through the air in the balance beam.
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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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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.  
 
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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.

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 (http://www.agu-gymnastics.com).
“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.

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