80th Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation

31 Oct 2014

The Uzbek capital, Tashkent, has played host to the 80th Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation, which was attended by 232 delegates from 81 countries. It’s the first time that this important event in the area of gymnastics was held in Tashkent and Uzbekistan was the third Asian country to host the International Federation’s Congress.

In her welcoming speech, the president of Uzbekistan’s Gymnastics Federation, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, highlighted the achievements of Uzbek gymnasts and stressed the importance of the work being done by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

“I would like to use this opportunity to emphasize the considerable role the International Federation of Gymnastics has played in the sustainable development of the Gymnastics Federation of Uzbekistan, and stress the paramount importance of the Congress in promoting gymnastics worldwide, sharing best practice as well as raising the development of gymnastics in the world to a new level,” Karimova-Tillyaeva said, addressing the event participants.

“It is gratifying to note that gymnastics is becoming increasing popular worldwide, including in Uzbekistan, and is acquiring a considerable following. Uzbek athletes score major successes at international sports competitions, greatly contributing to raising our country’s profile in the international sporting arena, and a growing number of international sporting events in the area of gymnastics are being held in Uzbekistan,” Karimova-Tillyaeva went on to say.

For the first time in the history of Uzbek sports, the Uzbek gymnasts have won a team gold at the Asian Games, which were recently held in South Korea, and Uzbek junior gymnasts have shown excellent results at the Asian Championships held in Malaysia, winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.

“I really admire the conditions created in Uzbekistan for the successful development of gymnastics. And I would especially like to single out the excellent sports centre, which was set up in Tashkent, uniting all types of gymnastics,” the President of the International Gymnastics Federation Bruno Grandi said in an interview.

The FIG Congress discussed the development of gymnastics worldwide, admission of new federations to FIG. It also considered proposals submitted by national federations and heard reports by FIG senior officials and technical committees regarding all types of gymnastics.

The FIG Congress is a biennial event. The first Congress was held in 1881 when FIG comprised only three states. At present the organization has a membership of more than 140 national federations.

Uzbekistan’s Gymnastics Federation was founded in 2005 under the auspices of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). Today Uzbekistan’s Gymnastics Federation is a public association, and includes women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG), men’s gymnastics (MAG), rhythmic gymnastics (RG), trampoline gymnastics (TRA), acrobatic gymnastics (ACRO) and gymnastics for all (GFA).