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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 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): Malaysia’s artistic gymnast Jern Rong hopes to pick up some medals at next month’s South East Asian Games in his hometown Kuala Lumpur from August 19-30.
“I’m ready for the Games. We’ve been training hard and hope to do well at the competition,” said the 19-year-old, who made his senior debut in 2014.
Vietnam are the favourites, but Rong exuded confidence that the hosts are capable of pulling off a few surprises.
“We’ll give them a good fight. We’ve a good opportunity in pommel horse and high bar. We can also expect a medal in the team event,” added Rong, who won the high bar gold medal at the Hong Kong Open this year.
Rong did not qualify in any of the finals at the Bangkok Asian Championships in May, but was pleased with his performances.
“I gained experience from the competition,” he added.
He scored 12.200 points in parallel bars, 13.000 (high bar), 12.800 (pommel horse) and 12.625 (rings).
Jeremiah Loo, who won a silver in pommel horse at the Singapore Games two years ago, Tan Fu Jie, Mohammad Abdul Azim Othman, Azroy Amierol Jaafar and Zul Bahrin Mat Asri are the other members in the squad.
Azim and Zul Bahrin are taking part in a month-long training-cum-competition in Moscow, Russia, and they are accompanied by Malaysian Gymnastics Federation President A Razak Mat Amin and team manager Azmi Hassan.
The men’s team will take part in the Taiwan Open next week as their final preparation for KL 2017.
 
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.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Injury to India’s Olympic gymnast Dipa Karmakar may rob her dream to compete at the FIG World Championships in Montreal, Canada, from October 2 to 8.
The 23-year-old, who finished fourth, at the Rio Games last year, recently underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai.
“Dipa’s participation in the worlds is uncertain. She is undergoing a rehab which’ll continue for two-and-half months,” said her coach Bisweshwar Nandi.
Dipa, who hails from the Indian state Tripura, became the first female gymnast to represent her country at the Olympics. She scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than Switzerland’s eventual bronze-winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216).
Infighting between two groups to control the Gymnastics Federation of India is not a healthy sign for the sport’s development in the country.
Though Dipa Karmakar’s fourth-place at the Rio Games last year has given a boon to the sport, it has been nearly three years since the last the National Championships were held. 
“Without a clear forward-looking plan of action, Indian gymnastics isn’t going anywhere. The faction rivalry is only damaging the sport’s growth in the country,” said Asish Kumar, who won the first medal for his country in the sport at an international competition.
Dipa’s Olympic success may be positive news for gymnastics which now attracts a lot of youngsters. However, athletes and coaches pledged the country’s sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India to take over the wrangling body until one federation is formed which can work for the sport’s development.
Unable to compete in a sizeable number of competitions have already posed a big problem to several promising gymnasts in this south Asian nation.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation recently hosted a five-day Common Training Camp for acrobatic gymnastics coaches in Almaty from July 11-15 under a FIG ACRO Technical Committee expert Mr. Yurii GOLIAK from UKR to develop the sport in the country.
In acrobatic gymnastics, a pair consists of a base and a top.
The sport combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills.
At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds the balance routine while synchronised tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise.
A women’s group is comprised of a base, middle and top partner and the men’s has a base, two middle partners and one top partner.
AGU wants to thank Mrs. Aigul Dukenbayeva the President of AGU ACRO Technical Committee and the Secretary General of Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation for the big support gives to the development of ACRO Gymnastics in Asia.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Philippines are hoping to win more medals at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next month, but they will have to fight it out in a field of top and proven competitors.
The multi-discipline event, which will be held from August 19-30, will have 405 events in 38 sports and have 20 gold medals are at stake including eight in rhythmic gymnastics.
Reynald Capellan, 24, who won the country’s lone gold at the 2015 edition in Singapore, will lead the men’s team that will compete with Asia’s top bets, including powerhouse China.
Capellan won the men’s floor exercises and took third spot in the vault in Singapore to account for half of the four medals won by them two years ago.
The other members include Jan Gwynn Timbang, Albert Tristan Lopez and Adrian Apuyan.
Kaitlin de Guzman, the 17-year old daughter of former national gymnast Cintamoni dela Cruz, is among five female gymnasts entered into the competition.
Katrina Marie Evangelista, Ma. Cristina Onofre, Mariana Josefa Hermoso and Rachelle Arellano are the other members of the women’s squad.
Ava Lorein Verdeflor came second in the women’s uneven bars for the solitary silver and was a member of the team that took the bronze.
Verdeflor, however, suffered a bad fall more than a year ago and underwent surgery. She is currently undergoing therapy and is out of the event.
 

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