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Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Jamaica has hired experienced Chinese coaches on a month-long stint to help develop the sport in the Caribbean island nation.
Zou Zhenqqiu, who has also coached in Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, is heading a seven-memeber coaching team.
"The coaches will visit our gyms and design programmes to help us move forward," Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association President Nicole Grant-Brown told a news website.
"I think this will definitely boost gymnastics because we’re new in the sport. Our programmes are based on trial and error methods. We want to learn how to do things differently Mr Zhenqqiu's duty will be guide Jamaica's promising gymnasts.”
A 16-member team will be visiting China next summer as part of a three-year agreement between Jamaica and China.
"China has been among the forerunners. They are very good at producing talented players. We’re also contemplating to send a team to the 2024 Olympics,” added Grant-Brown.


Doha (Qatar) AGU Office: Heavyweights China will hope to dominate at the 15th Junior Artistic Asian Championships which starts from April 25-28 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
For the first time, a record 24 countries will field 139 gymnasts including 78 MAG and 61 WAG in the continental competition.
China, who claimed the all-around, vault bar, beam, floor and team honours, has entered with five men and as many in the women’s category.
The minimum age requirement is 14-17 and 13-15 for the MAG and WAG respectively.
Other strong contenders Japan and Korea are also participating along with Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam will also be seen in action.
This year’s championships will be a qualification event for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Meanwhile, Taishan Sports, which has recently joined Asian Gymnastics Union as official partner, will provide the equipment for the competition in the beautifull hall Istora Senayan of Jakarta.

Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) recently signed an agreement with China-based Taishan Sports Equipment Co. Ltd, which will provide the Asian body with the various apparatus.
“We’re really happy to tie-up with Taishan. It’s a red-letter day for us as AGU and its members will be benefited from this agreement,” said AGU President Abdul Rahman Al Shathri at the Executive Meeting here last week. “They’re an FIG-accredited company and will provide us with the equipments.”
Founded in June, 1978, Taishan has developed into a comprehensive and specialised sports industry which integrates R&D, production and sales and service together.
“It’s an honour to be a part of AGU and associated with the top gymnasts who will be using our brand in all competitions,” said Taishan Sports Industry Group Vice-President Bian Qingfeng.
Taishan, which boasts of certifications from other international sports bodies, was the largest equipment supplier for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and 26th Summer Universiade Shenzhen.
“I hope all our Asian member associations will be benefitted from this tie-up as we can now provide them with the equipments for the competitions,” said Al Shathri.
The delegates were introduced to the Executive Committee Members after the meeting followed by a video presentation.
“It’s a great moment for all of us. I thank AGU on behalf of the Taishan Sports Industry Group for giving us the opportunity to serve the gymnastics family,” said Cui Gang, Chairman Shandong Taishan Sports Equipment Co. Ltd.

Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Singapore Gymnastics (SG) honoured coaches, gymnasts, officials and volunteers at its annual awards ceremony last week.
The event, held at the NUSS Guild House, Kent Ridge, was an effort by SG to appreciate their efforts and contribution to the sport.
“We are pleased that the ceremony were well-received by the community. It was a night of celebration, feasting and hearty conversation,” said SG General Manager Karen Norden told “I’m really glad that the programme was well-organised by the organising committee.”
James Zhu Yao (MAG Coach of the Year), Ng Koon Yu (WAG Coach of the Year), Tan Jun (RG Coach of the Year), Jia Lu Hong (TRA Coach of the Year) were awarded for their unstinted support to help develop the sport in the country.
Other awardees:
Fionna Thong (Official of the Year)
Sng Puay Liang (Education Award)
Lee Pak Kheng (Volunteer)
Yeow Chen Yen (Young Volunteer)
Sng Puay Liang (Special Recognition)
Kusumi Ryosuke (MAG Coach, High Performance)
Zhu Yibin (WAG Coach, High Performance)
Bianka Panova (RG Coach, High Performance)
Jovi Loh (National Athlete MAG)
Chin Weng Yan (National Athlete WAG)
Annan Pan (National Athlete RG)
Low Ern (National Athlete TRA, Men)
Shannon Leong (National Athlete TRA, Women)
Leon Tan (Rising Stars MAG)
Naomi Suqing Martel (Rising Stars WAG)
Aiko Tan Jun (Rising Stars RG)
Lincoln Forest Liqtman (International Athlete of the Year MAG)
Gemma Eunice Mollison (International Athlete of the Year WAG)
Edlyn Ho Zen Yee (International Athlete of the Year RG)
Prime Gymnastics (Club of the Year)
Trampoline Singapore (Club of the Year/non-competitive)
Bazgym Gymnastics School (Staff Engagement & Mentoring)
GymKraft (Community Engagement)


Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Asian Gymnastics Union’s (AGU) Executive Committee meeting here on Sunday evoked a positive response while several proposals were presented to take the sport to the next level in the continent.

But the most significant development was the introduction of China-based Taishan Sports Industry Group as AGU’s official partner.

“We are happy with the tie-up. It’ll boost our dreams and aspirations as Taishan will support us with the equipments. All our federation members hope to be benefited from this deal,” said President Abdurrahman Al Shathri, who introduced the Taishan delegates to the members.

AGU Secretary General Mohammed Saeed, Dhruba Pradhan (1st Vice-President), Dr Luo Chaoyi (President, East Asia Zone), Ruslan Mustaev (President, Central Asian Zone), Kau Git Kaur (President, South East Asia Zone), Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi,

Miao Zhongyi (President, MAG-Technical Committee), Liu Xing, Rima Kizilgun Radiye (President, WAG-Technical Committee), Gyozal Fillipova (President, RG--Technical Committee), Aigul Dukunbayeva (President, ACRO-Technical Committee), Cynthia Norton,Mr.Liu Xing (TRA TC President), Painda Malik were other members who attended the meeting.

However, Abdullah Albuloshi (President, West Asia Zone), Tammy Yagi-Kitagawa (President, AER Technical Committee) and Tatsuo Araki (Gymnastics for All, President) couldn’t attend the meeting.

Al Shathri said his target was to streamline the system and, that can be done by replacing certain statutes with the new ones.

“As we look back, we realise that gymnastics has become much bigger and popular in Asia than what it was even a decade ago. The AGU family got stronger and confident, but our dreams are unlimited and remain unfulfilled.

“We need experts in all our technical committees. That’s the only way we can improve. We’ve the world’s best gymnasts yet we are unable to match Europe,” he said.

Barring China, Japan and Korea, other Asian countries have lagged behind at the international competitions. Not having enough quality judges and coaches seemed to have been one of the drawbacks.

“My dream is to strengthen Asia’s position in the world, but to achieve that target, we must have top experts in the various AGU Technical Committees.

“Knowledge is important, and by having the best mind in the AGU Technical Committees, we can help develop the sport at the grass root level,” said Al Shathri.

He exuded confidence that with time AGU will become a professional body like FIG.

“We still have a lot of work to do and make AGU the best not just by winning medals, but also develop the sport at the grass root level and also produce quality judges and coaches,” he added.

Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Japan’s vault world champion Kenzo Shirai will be one of the top names at the American Cup in Chicago, USA, in March.
Shirai, who won all-around bronze at the FIG World Championships in Montreal, Canada, last year, won a team’s gold at the Rio Games in 2016.
The American Cup is the first of four Individual All-around World Cup events on the FIG calendar and is followed by events in Stuttgart, Germany (March 17-18), Birmingham, Great Britain (March 21-22) and Tokyo, Japan (April 14-15).
Only those countries who participated at the team final of the Rio Games are invited to participate as a priority.
The field for each event includes eight male and eight female gymnasts including one optional “wildcard” each from the hosting federation.
At each of the events, gymnasts collect points for the World Ranking lists that will determine the winning federations after the Tokyo event. The results of all four events count towards the final ranking.
China’s Sun Wei is the other Asian male gymnast in the competition while compatriot Mao Yi and Japan’s Mai Murakami will represent their nations in the women’s category.


Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) Presidential Commission at its recent meeting held here last Sunday had proposed the Executive Committee to upgrade or change certain articles in the AGU Constitution which they felt are not in sync with the time.

“Article 35.1, 35.7, 16.13, 44 are obstacles in the way of development. They need to be changed to make AGU a more professional body,” AGU President Abdurrahman Al Shahthri proposed to the members.

In fact, the members including Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan (1st Vice-President), Ruslan Mustaev (Vice-President Central South Zone), Dr Luo Chaoyi (Vice President East Zone) and Kau Git Kaur (Vice-President South East Zone) seconded the President.

The Commission approved the agendas and presented to the Executive Committee later in the evening.

“Besides changing the Technical Committee rules, we also need change the calendar year. Till now, the AGU has been working from April-March schedule, but that’s not workable.

“By the time a new body is elected at the Congress in December, they assume their roles only in April and that’s a huge wastage of time. The members should resume office on January 1 rather than wait for the previous body to resign,” Al Shathri explained.

It was also decided to follow certain criterions while allocating the judges’ courses or FIG Academy to the AGU member associations.

AGU will give opportunities to countries who haven’t hosted the courses earlier besides the host nation's experience in the past will be taken into account while distributing them to different federations.

“The AGU should also give priorities to those countries who’ve hosted more events. It’ll be some of kind of motivation for them, but also not ignoring any new member association,” said Dr Luo.


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