Beauty, Art & Sports! The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 3

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Beauty, Art & Sports! The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 3

March 9, 2016

By Heide Bruneder, President of the UEG's RG-TC










Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2016! January and February flew by with the preparation of an action-packed Rhythmic Gymnastics season, highlighted by the European Championships in Holon (ISR) in June and our training camp for girls in July in Obertraun (AUT).  Of course we also looked even further ahead, to the new Olympic cycle 2017 - 2020 for which the FIG is working on an updated Code of Points. Our meeting with FIG President Natalia Kuzmina brought out fruitful discussions while focusing on cooperation between the different Unions.








Mid-February, in sub-zero weather, our Russian friends offered our Technical Committee a verywarm welcome at the Olympic Center in Moscow. We gathered there to hold our first TC meeting of 2016.  The main task of the meeting was a discussion with Natalia Kuzmina, President of the FIG RG-TC. She shed her light on the new qualification system for the Olympic Games, which will commence with the Tokyo 2020 Games, we discussed the preparation of the test event in Rio and the new Code of Points for the next Olympic cycle 2017-2020. The first draft of the new Code of Points was presented to us and Mrs Kuzmina asked for our remarks, especially concerning the junior programme which we will happily provide. Our two next TC meetings will be in Holon, the first from 14 to 17 April, when we will draw the starting order for the European Championships, and the second during those Europeans from 12 to 21 June.



2 months before the Olympics all eyes will be on Holon, where Europe’s best junior and senior gymnasts will gather to battle for the continental title. The Local Organising Committee is in full swing, tickets went on sale and the website was launched.  At the recent Moscow Grand Prix we saw the extraordinary level of some of the juniors, and by then, the seniors will have their routines perfected for the Olympics. A competition of a dazzling level announces itself. And the OC is very pleased and anxious to welcome the gymnasts, specialists and rhythmic gymnastics fans in their new sports center, build especially for this beautiful sport.


Obertraun in Austria welcomes gymnasts ages 10 to 12 (born 2004 – 2006) to our 2016 training camp. It will be held from 3 to 8 July and the experts include Olympic Champions Marina Lobach (technique of body movements) and Evgeniya Kanaeva (apparatus). They will be joined by Alexander Savitsij (ballet) and Annires Marchetti & Vincent Coppeaux (physiotherapy). We are extremely proud to have such fantastic experts on hand to guide our talented gymnasts.


On 22 April Olympic host Rio de Janeiro (BRA) organises the ‘Aquece Rio’ (Rio Prepares) test event. This is the second and last qualifying event for all gymnasts. 7 groups will battle for 4 remaining places, but with one place guaranteed for host nation Brazil, it basically means 6 groups for 3 places. For Europe, Germany, Azerbaijan, Greece and Finland are competing. In the individual competition 23 gymnasts fight for at least 6 places. 3 more places are reserved for continental representation and one for the host nation. These 4 places can still go to the next eligible gymnast if the conditions for the allocation have been fulfilled. 1 gymnast is invited by the Tripartite Commission, the so-called ‘wild card’. The reigning World Champions, the Russian group and Yana Kudryavtseva, are invited to compete, as are Margarita Mamun and Melitina Staniouta. We wish our gymnasts, coaches and judges a fantastic competition!


With my kind regards
Heide Bruneder
RG-TC President