The President's Note N° 5 2018

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The President's Note N° 5 2018

May 9, 2018

By Farid Gayibov, UEG President

 

Dear members of Gymnastics family!

The Trampoline Gymnastics family had been looking forward to its European Championships for two years. Finally, the long-awaited moment had come for the gymnasts to fly to Baku where this year’s Europeans’ season was opened.

Quite an impressive number of athletes - 432 gymnasts from 25 countries! – participated in the European Championships in Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-Trampoline, from 12 to 15 April. Gymnastics stars like Olympic Champion Uladzislau Hancharou, Olympic silver medalist Dmitrii Ushakov, World Champions Mikhail Zalomin and Anna Korobeinikova, World silver medalists Lucie Colebeck, Polina Troianova and Anders Wesch and World bronze medalists Elliott Browne and Aleksandr Odintsov took part in the event.

And a wide variety of countries returned home with medals: athletes from 12 countries won 14 sets of medals in the senior and 14 in the junior categories in total. The qualifiers for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the 2019 European Games were defined within the framework of these Championships as well.  

The sudden appearance of the UEG Trampoline Gymnastics Technical Committee President and Members on the podium -and even on Trampolines- during the Opening Ceremony surprised all of us and set the tone for an event full of show and entertainment.

In the course of the Championships, the event’s official Mascot - Gur-Gur - performed by Scott Hesington and Barry Anderson, professionals from the USA, mostly known for their works for NBA, added an exclusivity to the event.

Our partner SmartScoring succeeded in delivering the terrific atmosphere within the hall to the computers of 25,000 online viewers over 4 days of competition through its recently launched gymtv.online project. Apart from Azerbaijan TV, the events were also transmitted on one of the Russian TV channels.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my gratitude to the UEG Technical Committee, UEG staff, Local Organizing Committee and Smart Scoring results supplier for their joint work directed to the smooth running of the events.

We now have 2 years prior to the next Europeans. In this time, we will work with the TC on changing the format of the events in the way that the spectators would be able to easily understand what is going on the Field of Play. It will give us a chance to present this gymnastics discipline in a more attractive and understandable way.  

At the same time as the Trampoline Europeans, the ACRO Worlds were held in another European country - Belgium. From the 19 countries represented at this event, 14 were European! Moreover, 14 from the 18 possible medals went to European countries. This proves yet again the power of gymnasts from Europe in this gymnastics discipline. The World Age Group competitions which preceded the Worlds were also successful for European gymnasts where they prevailed as well.

Meanwhile, the World Cup series in Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics have concluded and, here as well, the winners are mostly Europeans!   These series will now be followed by the World Challenge Cups.

As you can see, April turned out to be very successful for European gymnasts. I extend my congratulations to all the winners, their coaches and Federations concerned.

Many events ahead awaiting our gymnasts in May. I wish the gymnasts sound health and enough strength to demonstrate the beauty of gymnastics in their sophisticated performances.

 

Farid Gayibov

UEG President