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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT):  The 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games started with a glittering opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, with teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through the national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor.
Even the torrential rain early on failed to dampen the spirit and Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.
The artistic gymnastics event will start on Sunday till Wednesday while rhythmic events will be from August 26.
Earlier, a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took centre stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of colour.
About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from gymnastics, boxing, equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): When the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games begin on August 17 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kaitlin DeGuzman will hope to help the Philippines defend their team bronze just like her mother Tammy did 20 years ago.
“I was thrilled to represent my country at a major international event. I’ve always wanted to play for the Philippine national team,” Kaitlin, who competed at the 2015 and 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships for USA, said in a recent interview to Filipino media.
Kaitlin will represent the Philippines in international competition because her parents were born there while her father was as a member of its water polo team.
Her stint as an elite gymnast in the US helped her prepare to control her nerves.
“I tend to over think and get sick. I need to stay calm and be positive,” she said.
For the Philippines, the SEA Games may be an important event, but it will be Kaitlin’s only second international assignment.
The 17-year-old Oklahoma resident wants to do well.
“My plan is to do well at the competition. I want to focus on getting ready for whatever God has in store for me,” added Kaitlin.
 
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): Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar may switch from the ‘vault of death’ to ‘Handspring 540’ at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG), according to media reports.
“There’s a Handspring 540 degree turn which could be there at CWG. It’s a twist movement in the air. In the handspring front movement, it’s the most difficult vault, but below Produnova,” said Dipa.
She became synonymous with the ‘Produnova’ after her path-breaking show at the Rio Olympics, but the Tripura-born gymnast has not competed thereafter due to an Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee.
The 24-year-old underwent a surgery in April and has already missed the Asian Championship. She will also skip the upcoming FIG Artistic World Championship in Canada and return to action only at next year’s CWG in Australia.
“I had an ACL tear. I don’t want to take pressure. My main target is 2020 Tokyo Games. If I can perform Handspring 540 with perfection, I can win a medal at CWG,” added Dipa, who won a bronze at the last CWG edition in Glasgow, Scotland.
She exuded confidence that despite out of action for long will not affect her medal chances in the April 4-15, 2018 event in Gold Coast.
“It’s all about practice. The standard of competition will be known to me after the World Championship. I’ll get to know what I need to practice,” she said.
 
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): 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): 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.
 

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