The President's Note N° 8 2018

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The President's Note N° 8 2018

August 8, 2018

By Dr. Farid Gayibov, UEG President

Dear members of Gymnastics family!

This summer’s hottest city for the gymnastics family was Liege. This city went down in history as the host of the 1st European Gym for Life Challenge. More than 800 gymnasts forming 37 groups from 12 countries took part in the first official edition of this event. All the performances demonstrated in a very colourful manner were warmly welcomed by the audience. This means we are on the right way. The involvement of people of different ages in events of this kind highlights the uniqueness of gymnastics. I am confident that more countries will want to join the second edition and there will be much more groups and athletes involved.

After the one-day European Gym for Life Challenge event, the residents of Liege continued to be thrilled with gymnastics performances over the course of the next 3 days within the framework of EUROGYM. More than 4000 boys and girls took part in this great event. We were honoured with the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Mathilde of Belgium watching the performances with great interest and talking to several of the athletes.

All the participants left Liege with pleasant memories of fun, friendship and great hospitality. I would like to express my gratitude to the government of the City of Liege led by Mayor Willy Demeyer for the active participation and all the efforts to create conditions for a successful event. Thanks to the professionalism of the Royal Belgian Gymnastics Federation all the peculiarities in technical aspects of our sport were taken into account. Of course, I am grateful to all the participants of both the European Gym for Life Challenge and EUROGYM for their passion for gymnastics. Your love and passion for gymnastics expressed in your brilliant performances is a driving force for further promotion and development of gymnastics.

Being inspired with the magnitude of the gymnastics events in Belgium I set out for Fiji to take part in the FIG Executive Committee (EC) meetings on July 25-26. Following deliberations and discussions, we approved changes to the FIG Statutes and other Rules and Regulations which will be proposed to the Congress in December.

Within the framework of the FIG EC meetings, we also met with the representatives of the Fiji National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sport. As a part of the FIG Developer programme, we visited schools to see the facilities which could possibly organise gymnastics training. I believe that not only Fiji but a number of countries will benefit from this policy carried out by FIG President Mr. Morinari Watanabe and we will have many countries where gymnastics disciplines will start their intense development.

Our intention is the same for European Gymnastics. The UEG officially recognises 8 gymnastics disciplines but not all of them are developed within all 50 UEG affiliated federations. Therefore, at the last UEG EC Meeting, we discussed with the Technical Committee Presidents how we can assist the federations to start to develop gymnastics disciplines which are not yet included into their activity. 

European Gymnastics has a huge potential. We just need to use it in the right direction in order to make all gymnastics disciplines popular across the whole continent. I believe, we will achieve it!