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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China (GAHK) hosted the 14th Cycle FIG International Judges’ Course for Aerobic Gymnastics at the Olympic House in Hong Kong from June 22 to 30.
FIG Vice-President AER Technical Committee Tammy Yagi-Kitagawa presented the lectures and introduced updated rules of the new cycle to the participants while GAHK Vice-Chairperson Dr Herman Chan thanked Tammy and participants for their hard work and continuous support on aerobic gymnastics.
Mongolia’s Choidor Otgontsetseg Dorjdamba Tumentugs, Enkhsaikhan Munkh-Orgil, Battogtokh Uuganbolor, Galbadrakh Yeruulbat and the hosts’ Ng Ho Laam Ng Sin Yee, Cheung Cho Hang Christine, Yip Wai Man, Tai Miu Ping and Liu Fuk Ying took part in the course.
The examination results will be announced later.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Some good news for Asia and Iran after the international gymnastics federation’s (FIG) men’s technical committee approved a second new Pommel Horse element after Iran’s Saeedreza Keikha, who earlier this year became the first gymnast from his country to have a skill named for him in the Code of Points.
The new element, with a side support with half spindle with both pommels between the hands (flair or circle), will be known as the Keikha 2.
Keikha had successfully performed it at the Islamic Solidarity Games in May in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“I’m glad that I had performed a new element during the Games,” Keikha had said in a recent interview. “I was pleased with my performance as well my country’s show at the Baku event where we won a bronze with 152.150 points.”
Saman Madani and Hadi Khanarinejad were the other team members, who finished behind Turkey (163.450) and Azerbaijan (161.700).
The gymnasts, with original skills named for them in the Code of Points achieve a kind of immortality in the sport as their names will live on years after they have taken their final bows on the international stage.

AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Uzbekistan’s Anastasiya Serdyukova, who won the all-around bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, clinched the women’s individual honours in the Ninth Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships at the Daulet National Tennis Center in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old won gold in all-around, ribbon and clubs to end the competition on a high note.
Her score of 71,650 in all-around was good enough to land her the medal ahead of Japan’s Kaho Minagawa (67,450) and Uzbekistan’s Sabina Tashkenbaeva (65,600).
Serdyukova’s performance at the Asian competition will boost her confidence for the future events particularly after a dismal show at last year’s Rio Games where finished 17th in individual all-around qualifications and failed to advance to the top 10.
Sabina Ashirbayeva of Uzbekistan, bronze medallist in team event at the 2014 Asian Games, emerged as the second best with a double-gold feat in her hometown.
The 18-year-old, who idolises Yana Kudryavtseva and Yanina Batyrchina, picked up the medals in hoop and ball categories, scoring 17,550 and 17,600 points respectively. 
Japan’s Minagawa waged a lone battle for the Far East nations, who would need to do a lot more to compete with the technically superior central Asians gymnasts.
The 19-year-old, who trains in Moscow, Russia, claimed three silvers in hoop, all-around and ball events and came third in clubs.
On a positive note, her country managed to take home the gold in group events — five hoops and  two ropes + three balls.
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): India’s Budda Aruna Reddy wanted to be a karate expert, but destiny had something else written for this 21-year-old gymnast.
“I had started learning karate when I was five. I continued till I turned eight, but my coach felt that my body was flexible and unsuited to karate. He got me into gymnastics,” said Aruna, who came sixth with a score of 12.825. in the vault final at the Asian Championships in Bangkok in May this year.
Aruna, who hails from India’s Telengana state, has been included in the national camp to prepare for this year’s FIG World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
However, she wants to achieve something great before she turns 23.
“A gymnast’s career is short. The sad thing about the sport is that once you cross 23-24, it becomes difficult as the body doesn’t remain
flexible. I want to make the most out of things before I turn 23,” explained Aruna, who represented the country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom.
She could not make it to the national team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games due to underage. 
“I had even qualified but I was only hence I couldn’t take part,” she added.
On her future target, Aruna said, “A gymnast requires at least six hours daily practice, but due to studies I used to get only three hours.”
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Adilya Tlekenova lived up to her expectations, winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals in her hometown Astana, Kazakhstan, at the 15th Junior Rhythmic Asian Championships at the Daulet National Tennis Center on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old talented gymnast scooped up her first gold in hoop, pocketing 16,050 points. She was followed by Uzbekistan’s Takhmina Ikromova (15,000) and Japan’s Aino Yamada (14,500).
Her second gold came in the individual all-around event (63,400). Ikromova (61,900) and China’s Zilu Wang (57,250) came second and third respectively.
Tlekenova claimed the silver in apparatus final individuals and won the bronze in ball and club events.
Ikromova, who threw a tough challenge to Tlekenova, ended up with two gold and as many silver medals from the competition, which was held under the aegis of Asian Gymnastics Union.
The Uzbek claimed gold in apparatus final individuals and ball categories while her silver came in hoop and individual all-around event.
Uzbekistan’s Lola Zakirova won the club gold (14,850) while China’s Zilu Wang came second (14,350).
Meanwhile, Japan bagged the apparatus final group honours with 15,650 points. Kazakhstan (14,900) and Uzbekistan (14,850) came second and third respectively.
The Japanese team also added the apparatus final (ropes) where they accumulated 14,900 points followed by Uzbekistan (14,850) and China (14,700).
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AGU Media Office, Doha (QAT): The week-long FIG Academy for Level 1 Aerobic coaches, sponsored by the Asian Gymnastics Union, concluded at the Hanoi Aerobic Gymnastics Club in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday.
The technical lectures were conducted at the Quan Ngua Gymnasium, Van Cao Str, Ba Dinh, with a total 19 coaches took part while with seven from the host nation attended the programme.
Indonesia sent four trainers while India (three), Iran (two) while Japan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan had one coach each at the training.
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.
The first FIG Academy, which completed 15 years, was first held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2002 with 43 coaches from Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan.
Sri Lankan-born rhythmic gymnast Anna-Marie Ondaatje, who is based in Canada, wants to compete for her country at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Her father Alistair Ondaatje encouraged his daughter’s passion for dance by putting her into a complex sport at nine.
The rhythmic art is a complex one which combines the elements of ballet, gymnastics and dance and apparatus manipulation. But Anna -Marie enjoys it from the technicalities of the dance, music and training her expression.
“I love the elegance, the expression to the music, the rhythm, everything," said Anna-Marie.
Apparatus manipulation, a robotic term associated with the graceful sport, is exceedingly challenging and adds to the allure of the act. Each performer has to master the use of five apparatuses – the ball, the hoop, the ribbon, the rope and the clubs. Whilst most of us are attempting to juggle a couple of appointments in a day, Anna- Marie relentlessly trains five hours a day, six days a week to master the sport she loves.
“One needs to achieve technicality of the routine and the apparatus artistry," she said.


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