Two Candidates Stand For FIG Presidency




Two candidates stand for FIG Presidency

LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, May 19, 2016:

The International Gymnastics Federation has received two candidacies in view of the upcoming FIG Presidential election this fall. Contenders had until midnight on May 17 to submit their applications to the FIG through their national federations.

The two candidates are:

Georges Guelzec (FRA), 68, President of the European Gymnastics Union (UEG)

Morinari Watanabe (JPN), 57, Secretary General of the Japan Gymnastics Association (JGA)

The Presidential election will be held during the FIG Congress October 18-20 in Tokyo. There, representatives of the FIG member federations will be called upon to choose a successor to Bruno Grandi (ITA), who will bow out at the end of his fifth Presidential mandate in late 2016.

The new president will be the ninth in the history of the FIG, which was established in 1881.



About the FIG: The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international sports federation and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs seven disciplines: Gymnastics for All, Men's Artistic, Women's Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic. It counts 142 national member federations and boasts a 28-person staff at its international seat in Lausanne (SUI), host city of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


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