At the FIG Congress in Tokyo on October 19, 2016, Morinari Watanabe of Japan was elected the new president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), winning the election by 81 votes over his opponent, Georges Guelzec of France.

The former FIG President was Bruno Grandi, who was elected in 1996. Watanabe will begin his position on the first of January in 2017.

“Thank you very much for trusting me and believing in me. I am honored to accept the position of the FIG President that was given to me by you,” said Watanabe. “The time has come now for innovation in Gymnastics. Today we sent a strong message to the world. Our Gymnastics is not a sport that is popular only at the Olympic Games. Gymnastics is now and will be the king of sports.”

The results of other elections held at FIG Congress are included below.

Technical committee presidents:
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: Steve Butcher re-elected
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics: Donatella Sacchi (ITA)
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Nataliya Kuzmina (RUS) re-elected
Trampoline Gymnastics: Horst Kunze (GER) re-elected
Aerobic Gymnastics: Sergio Garcia Alcazar (ESP)
Acrobatic Gymnastics: Rosy Taeymans (BEL) re-elected
Gymnastics for All committee: Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist (SWE)

Seven other Executive Committee members:
Ali Al Hitmi (QAT)
Jesus Carballo Martinez (ESP)
Ron Galimore (USA)
Youssef Altabbaa (SYR)
Jani Tanskanen (FIN)
Martin Reddin (GBR)
Kim Dong Min (KOR)


Photo credit: FIG

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