The President's Note N° 10 2018

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The President's Note N° 10 2018

October 3, 2018

By Dr. Farid Gayibov, UEG President

Dear members of the Gymnastics family!

In early September, Rhythmic Gymnastics turned heads in the gymnastics community with the high-level performances in Sofia (BUL) – host of the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships.

I was very pleased to see the prevalence of European gymnasts in the ranking of this year’s first Worlds in an Olympic discipline. All individual apparatus finalists, with just one exception in one final, were from Europe! Our athletes distinguished themselves in the group competition as well. I am content with the performance level of the European gymnasts who represented us with dignity. In other words, I can say that European reigns in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Within the framework of these Worlds, the first groups, Russia, Italy and Bulgaria qualified, for the Olympic Games. The President of the International Olympic Committee Mr. Thomas Bach attended the competition and had a separate meeting with the athletes. In my opinion, meetings with such outstanding sports figures have a very positive impact on the gymnasts and the discipline itself, inspiring athletes for higher achievements.

Events in other sports disciplines preceded the Gymnastics competitions in Bulgaria, but the crowded Armeec Arena and spectators reacting to the gymnasts’ every movement proved once again that people in Bulgaria are found of Rhythmic Gymnastics and know its value. The Gymnastics community was honored with the presence of the President of the country, Mr. Rumen Radev, and other representatives of the Bulgarian government who watched the events with great enthusiasm.

Moreover, the European Gymnastics family was pleased with the fact that the Ambassador of the World Championships shining in Sofia was the UEG’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee President - Ms. Maria Petrova.

The organisation level of events was exemplary. I congratulate the FIG led by President Mr. Morinari Watanabe, the Local Organising Committee and the Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, with at its head President Ms. Iliana Raeva, on the successful events we witnessed in Bulgaria.

Impressed by the Worlds, I left Sofia and found myself at the event that proves there is no age limit in Gymnastics. Pesaro (ITA) offered brilliant conditions for the performances of the 6th Golden Age Gym Festival. Having inhaled fresh air coming from the wonderful sea, 2000 participants of different ages showed a beauty of Gymnastics for All competitions – some kind of basis for all gymnastics disciplines. In spite of the fact that these performances are not evaluated by the judges, the level of these exhibit performances is increasing constantly. Of course, along with the participants, the Italian Gymnastics Federation, its Local Organising Committee and the City Administration of Pesaro contributed a lot to the success of these events for which I express my deepest gratitude. Gymnastics for All events not only invite people to lead a healthy lifestyle regardless of age, but also prove that no other sports can gather and unite so many people in the streets for city performances at the same time.

The presence of FIG Honorary President, the legendary Bruno Grandi, at the Festival made us happy indeed. I am very grateful to Mr. Grandi for his wise advice which are very useful in fact.

We also signed a contract with the organiser of the next Golden Age Gym Festival – the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation to host it on its beautiful island of Crete, in the city of Rethymno. I am sure that Rethymno will offer all necessary conditions and the same friendly atmosphere like Pesaro. 

Last month, I also visited Portugal. I was invited to the 7th National Gymnastics Congress by the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal. I was given an opportunity to speak about the UEG current strategy and be a part of important debates we had at the round table where I also discovered many interesting things for myself. I express my gratitude to the Federation concerned for their kind invitation.

September was filled with competitions, events and meetings and this apparently will continue till the end of the year.

This month, we will gather for the UEG’s Executive Committee Meeting, the last one for the current year. Important decisions and good news will come out following the discussions of issues we have on the Agenda.

More challenges are awaiting the European gymnasts at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG), the 12th European TeamGym Championships in Odivelas (POR) and the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha (QAT) ...

Dear Athletes!

I wish you great performances and successes at all forthcoming events. Please remember that every challenge conceals a piece of luck behind. Just work hard, and you will see!