Publication date : 21/12/2017
In a letter adressed to the Gymnastics community, FIG President Morinari Watanabe expresses his gratitude to all the stakeholders who have contributed to promote the sport this year:
"Challenge" was the slogan I proposed to the Gymnastics family in 2017. I would like to thank you all for playing the game.
This year, the FIG has taken on new challenges. Many people around the world have also tried new things.
Some have been great successes, others less so.
The most important thing is to try. Today's mistakes become tomorrow's successes.
So do not be afraid of failure and continue to challenge yourself.
The World Championships are a good example.
In 2015, in Glasgow, British Gymnastics dared to revolutionise the presentation of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. It was a great success. These World Championships have now become a benchmark.
This year, the Canadian Federation used this model to give the World Championships in Montreal an even more spectacular dimension. The event was, once again, a success, and I want to congratulate Richard Crepin and all his team for putting on beautiful World Championships in the Olympic Stadium.
Similarly, in Pesaro, we saw how Rhythmic Gymnastics can inspire, enthuse and thrill crowds when well-directed. For this, I would like to commend President of the Italian Federation Gherardo Tecchi and the Local Organising Committee.
The Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia ran smoothly, thanks to the experience of the Bulgarian Federation.
We must not forget the World Gym for Life Challenge in Vestfold, at which we saw Broadway-esque performances. I want to thank his Majesty King Harald V of Norway for associating himself with the event and the organisers who managed to bring sport and nature together in harmony.
Results come from work. Everyone has to set themselves their own set of challenges.
Have a wonderful holiday season and I much look forward to seeing you all in 2018 for new challenges!
Best wishes to you all,
Morinari Watanabe, FIG President