The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Geldenhuys-Venter Elected to Fig Council

NAMIBIAN Gymnastics Federation (NGF) president Valereis Geldenhuys-Venter was recently elected to serve on the FIG World Council for the 2012-2016 term.

The election took place at the 79th Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) held from October 25-27 in Cancun, Mexico.

Geldenhuys-Venter, whose NGF is currently embroiled in a dispute with the Namibia Sport Commission, was also presented with a silver award by the World Body for previously serving on the council from 2000-2008. Only 21 of the 40 candidates standing for election and representing nations from all over the world were appointed to serve on this council for the new term.

Additionally, she was elected to serve as a committee member of the Commonwealth Committee 2012-2014 during the Commonwealth meeting also held in Cancun. This committee is responsible for organising the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The NGF was invited to attend a preparatory training course in June 2013, ending with an official competition to prepare the WAG (women’s artistic), MAG (men’s artistic) and RG (rhythmic) gymnasts for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Incumbent FIG president Bruno Grandi, who has visited Namibia on three different occasions, was re-elected. He has served as the FIG president since 1996, and will thus be extending his 16 years in office by another four years.

Both the first vice president, Slava Corn, and the second vice president, Michel Leglise, were re-elected for the 2012-2016 term.

Both these individuals have already served on the council for 16 years.

“Through re-electing such amazing leaders for such a long period of time, a stable continuation, sound development and great success of the Sport of Gymnastics in the world is ensured. All the technical presidents were also re-elected having already served for 12 years. Again this fact ensures that the rules of gymnastics in the different sports codes are well grounded and stable,” read a statement from the NGF.

The African Gymnastic Union (UAG), of which Geldenhuys-Venter is an executive member, also held its meeting in Cancun to discuss the upcoming elections of the members of its committees to be held in Algeria in February 2013. The changes to the UAG Statute and Technical Regulations, which Geldenhuys-Venter is heading, will be further discussed in Pretoria, South Africa during the Zone VI and African Championships in December 2012.

These changes will then be finalised at the subsequent meeting in Algeria.

“The NGF is proud to have Ms Geldenhuys Venter represent Namibia as a member of this team of world leaders in the sport of gymnastics,” the NGF said.

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