Thursday, May 13, 2010


The FIG did some decision-making at an executive committee meeting in Chiba, in Japan, recently, including moving the rhythmic gymnastics to Wembley at London 2012, getting the World Cup organisers together to figure out 2011, moving the French World Championships (rhythmic, I guess) from one city to another and Russia, Belarus and Ukraine men into the Youth Olympic games this year as they couldn't go to the Europeans qualifier what with all the ash.

Two more interesting things;

The FIG have allowed the uneven bars to be raised by an extra 10 centimetres "on a needs basis" to "accommodate the height of certain female" gymnasts.

I bet Khorky would have been rapt if that had happened in her time.  Good news for the 'tall' gymnasts and the mat-scrapers everywhere!

The other is a new proposal to acknowledge national gymnastics federations that demonstrate "an outstanding attitude and/or making a significant contribution to the FIG as a whole". 

Hmm.  What kind of @#$-kissing is this going to involve?  And what, exactly, is the reward?  Hall monitor for next years worlds?  What exactly does exemplary conduct by a federation involve?  I am genuinely curious.

BTW, I know the World Championships are to be held in Japan next year- are they going to be in Chiba?  That seems to be where the majority of big gymnastics competitions are held- and its the one part of Tokyo I know!



  1. Is Chiba considered part of Tokyo? I know it's closer to Narita, so that would make flying in much easier. I guess I just assumed it would be in, like, the heart of Tokyo, by the palace.

  2. it is part of Tokyo, I think, but well out of the centre. It's not that far though.

  3. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
    Description of the venue.... (FROM WIKIPEDIA)

    Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (東京体育館, Tōkyō Taiikukan?) is a world-class sporting complex in Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Built in 1954 for the World Wrestling Championship, it was also used as the venue for gymnastics events at the 1964 Summer Olympics. The gymnasium was rebuilt to a futuristic design created by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki and completed in 1991.

    The gymnasium is a one-minute walk from Sendagaya Station on the Chūō-Sōbu Line and Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line.

    And I will definitely be going!

  4. yay- looks like you were right, Spanny- it's in Shibuya- about as central as you can get. I lvoe Shibuya and all its nutcase fashion freakiness!! Good times are ahead next year!

  5. The bar ruling is for Hindermann , who is about 10 cm taller than Khorkina. Nobody has requested this before since it wasn't necessary. Khorkina is taller than most gymnasts but not THAT tall.

  6. I love Shibuya!! They totally have the best shopping. I will be there, staying at the New Sanno. Sake and yakiniku for all!