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Lola Karimova–Tillyaeva‘s message ahead of 80th anniversary Congress of International Gymnastics Federation
Dear friends, I am pleased to share good news with you. Following the resounding successes that our gymnasts scored in recent international tournaments, the Gymnastics Federation of Uzbekistan has gained a lead in the Asian continent! For the first time in our history the Uzbek gymnasts have won a team gold at the Asian Games, which were recently held in South Korea, and our junior gymnasts have shown excellent results at the Asian Championships held in Malaysia, winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
These accomplishments are especially joyful for us in the run-up to the 80th anniversary Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation in Tashkent. The upcoming Congress is a high-profile international sports event, and it will hopefully serve as an important milestone in the history of the Uzbek gymnastics. Preparations for the Congress are in full swing, and Tashkent is looking forward to hosting representatives from 81 countries.
I have the honour to lead the Gymnastics Federation of Uzbekistan since it was founded in June 2005. From the early years of its work, we developed a clear strategy for the development of gymnastics in our country, and the major outcome of this strategy’s implementation can now be seen in the successes our gymnasts have scored in many international tournaments.
The National Sports School of Rhythmic Gymnastics was founded in 2010. Two years later the school’s new premises, fitted out with modern facilities to train world-class gymnasts, were inaugurated. Every year, the Federation selects gymnasts across the country from amongst the winners of regional competitions for admission to the national gymnastics academy, which brings up future champions. The founding of such an academy was of particular importance, considering the fact that victory in this area of sports is a result of very concerted efforts on part of gymnasts, requiring their participation from an early age.
The gymnastics academy serves as a launch pad for children from Tashkent as well the country’s other cities, towns and regions. It was established in line with international standards and brings together coaches, sports doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and school teachers.
It’s also worth noting that the fact that gymnastics is getting increasingly popular among the population has facilitated the process of the selection of the most talented children with great potential to become our future champions.
With the Federation’s backing, gymnastics schools in Bukhara and Samarkand have been renovated and fitted out with modern facilities; renovation and construction work is currently well under way in the gymnastics schools of Jizzakh and Kashkadarya regions. Gymnastics units were launched in the administrative centres of all regions. Whereas in 2009 the number of children involved in gymnastics totalled 2,500, then today this number exceeds 30,000.
It is also worth mentioning that the Gymnastics Federation of Uzbekistan takes into account national traditions and characteristics in designing gymnastics clothing for girls being trained in regional units. All outfits are created with account taken of the cultural traditions of our young people.
It has also become a good tradition for our country to play host to prestigious international competitions in the area of gymnastics, and according to high-profile international experts, these tournaments are held in full compliance with the international standards.
We are extremely proud of our talented gymnasts who have shown outstanding performance at the recent international tournaments, as well as of young gymnasts who have just been embarking on this path and are striving towards their cherished goal of scoring victories in the world sporting arena. We hope that our efforts will contribute to the further development of Uzbek sports, as well as provide the necessary foundations for the future victories of our sportspeople!
President of the Federation of Gymnastics of Uzbekistan
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