Lausanne, Switzerland: Japan’s gymnastics federation has been ranked fourth in the world by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in terms of its efficiency and professionalism, according to a report on the FIG website: www.fig-gymnastics.com.
Relating decisions taken by its Executive Committee during its first ordinary meeting of the year, February 22-24, FIG Secretary General André F. Gueisbuhler reports the top five member federations.
“For the first time since the rule governing the classification of the most deserving federations (according to respect of deadlines, participation, initiative) was put into effect, the Executive has distributed a total of CHF 50,000 to the top five federations for 2011, appearing in the following order: 1) Russia; 2) Germany; 3) France; 4) Japan; 5) Great Britain,” he says.
President Bruno Grandi (Italy) began the meeting with the inauguration of the FIG’s new website, the latest version of a site that has been running since May 5, 1999. The look of the re-launched site’s home page and its editorial content are based on the We Are Gymnastics! concept. Members also decided to establish the Order of the FIG, an honorary title which will reward individuals who have made a telling contribution to the life of the FIG.
Gymnastics will be represented at the London 2012 Olympic Games by a total of 324 athletes comprising 98x2 for Artistic, 96 for Rhythmic and 16x2 for Trampoline Gymnastics. The drawing of lots for London 2012 was conducted on February 25.Source: www.fig-gymnastics.com, www.olympic.org