The President's Note N° 7 2017

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The President's Note N° 7 2017

July 11, 2017

By Georges Guelzec, UEG President

Dear friends

With summer, the return of international competitions beckons. Our gymnasts are on edge and keen to compete against the best of their opponents in other continents. I am thinking in particular about the World Games in Wroclaw (POL), a scene that will allow our athletes from non-Olympic disciplines to shine in their specialties.

I’m also thinking of the third edition of the Gym For Life Challenge, organised in Vestfold (NOR), an event to which the UEG massively contributes with a strong participation. We wish the event the success that regularly meets our TeamGym, whose audience is growing constantly, both with the participants and the media. As such, we are delighted to meet in 2018 in Odivelas (POR).

Closer to home, the Executive Committee recently met in the headquarters in Lausanne. Important decisions were taken. I note with satisfaction that we have been able to complete the 2018 calendar and consolidate the major events of 2019 and 2020.  

For this reason, I am looking for, after the success of Rhythmic gymnastics in 2016, to the next Acrobatics Europeans in Holon (ISR) in 2019, from 21 to 27 October. Our Israeli friends demonstrate a healthy vitality and openness that we unanimously welcome.

2019 will also be the year of the second edition of the European Games. The Executive approved our participation with the same 6 disciplines that were presented in Baku in 2015. The event is an important showcase for us and we welcome the support of the Belarussian Federation and the authorities in Minsk, privileged partners of the European Olympic Committees. The same year, we head to Sofia (BUL) for the 29th Congress.

Even further ahead, it’s in Kiev (UKR) that invite the rhythmic gymnasts to compete in the 36th European Championships, from 22 to 24 May 2020. After the first edition in 2004, followed by the Worlds in 2013, Ukraine confirms its passion and its long tradition for a discipline that has seen several generations of champions shine.  

I also admit big satisfaction having renewed the partnership that we maintain with the supplier’s pool. It guarantees safety and development for all of us. My satisfaction is double as we have integrated aerobics and acrobatics into this pool and discussions about incorporating TeamGym in the future are being held.

But in the near future, our attention should be focused on our next General Assembly in Split (CRO) in December and the renewal of our authorities. I invite everyone in our Union to manifest themselves on the occasion of this statutory event, of course, but to keep in mind the paramount importance of the development of the UEG. We will need these skills to carry out the reforms that will be proposed to us by the Strategy Working Group. Skills and political courage to dare to project European gymnastics into the future. 

 

With my compliments

Georges Guelzec