International Gymnastics Federation Measures to protect athletes hit by the war


Today, the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) expressed its measures concerning the Russian military invasion of Ukraine in the last days. Their motto is to protect the athletes from political pressure, since FIG is a sporting Committee. President Watannabe is offering help to the Gymnastics Community in Ukraine. The measures that FIG determined are:

Team Ukraine

  • The Russian and Belarussian national flags must not be displayed, and the Russian and Belarussian anthems must not be played at any FIG-sanctioned events until further notice.
  • All FIG World Cup and World Challenge Cup events planned to take place in Russia and Belarus are cancelled, and no other FIG events will be allocated to Russia or Belarus until further notice.
  • All FIG-sanctioned events planned to take place in Russia and Belarus are removed from the FIG calendar and will no longer be recognised by the FIG. No other events taking place in Russia and Belarus will be sanctioned by the FIG until further notice.


Source: FIG press release

Euskalgym 2021 Photos II

Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Khrystina Pohranychna (UKR)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Alice Taglietti (ITA)
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Daria Trubnikova (RUS)
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Vote for your favorite gymnast of 2021!

The European Gymnastics relaunch its election called ‘Gymnast of the Year’. You can all vote for your favourite gymnast of the last year on European Gymnastics website. The vote on social media is also allowed.

The Executive Committee chose the four categories: Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline Gymnastics. This Committe is made up technical staff and fifty Federations.

Sofia Raffaeli (ITA)
Dina Averina (RUS)

Only five gymnast could be the best ones of 2021 in Rhythmic Gymnastics. These are:

  • Boryana Kaleyn (Bulgaria)
  • Sofia Raffaeli (Italy)
  • Dina Averina (Russia)
  • Alina Harnasko (Belarus)
  • Linoy Ashram (Israel)

You can vote here:

https://take.quiz-maker.com/poll4165593xB8d44A02-131

Dance Steps in Rhythmic Gymnastics 2022-2024 Code of Points

The combination of dance steps consist on a sequence of movements with the body and apparatus dedicated to expressing the stylistic interpretation of the music. They have to be defined and according to the rhythm of the music.

The movements should include all the body segments (head, arms, shoulders, hips, feet, legs…).

Routines must have at least two dance step combinations. These movements should last eight seconds. During this time, the gymnast can’t do large throws or pre-acrobatic elements.
The style of these movements should be in line if the character of the routine and music (classical, folkloric, modern…).
• Any classical dance steps
• Any ballroom dance steps
• Any folkloric dance steps
• Any modern dance steps
• Etc.


Dance Steps Combination should include a variety of movements specifically used for the choreographic purposes of character and effect. BD such as “cabriole” jump, “passé” balance, etc. which have their base in traditional dance and a value of 0.10 may be included.
4.3.4. Movements in harmony with the rhythm
4.3.5. 2 modalities of travelling: the modalities of travelling (the mode in which she travels/moves around the floor area) should be varied and diverse, in harmony with specific style of the music and the character of the movements, and not generic movements across the floor (like walking, stepping, running) with apparatus handling.


Source: RG Code 2022-2024

4.4. The Dance Steps Combination will not be valid in the following cases:
4.4.1. Less than 8 seconds of Dance performed according to #4.3.1.- #4.3.4
4.4.2. Static apparatus
4.4.3. High throw during S
4.4.4. Pre-Acrobatic elements during S
4.4.5. R during S
4.4.6. Loss of apparatus during 8 consecutive seconds
4.4.7. Loss of balance with support on one or both hands or on the apparatus
4.4.8. Total loss of balance with a fall of the gymnast during 8 seconds
4.4.9. The entire Combination performed on the floor.

Anna Rizatdinova comments about Linoy Ashram’s Olympic Victory

Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

Anna Rizatdinova was the bronze medallist in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Anna commented in a recent interview her point of view on the winner at the 2020 Olympics, Linoy Ashram fron Israel. “I was third, but Yana Kudryatseva made a mistake with clubs”.

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

“I agree that Yana had more difficult in her routines, but everyone had 10 points – the initial amount. I could only scored these 10 points with turns. Kudryavtseva did incredible things with the ball. Her ball control is unique. I admit that when it’s great, then it’s great. But she made a mistake and, nevertheless, she was in second place. If I made a mistake – God forbid, dropped a ribbon, a ball – there would be no talk of any bronze – it would be 6-7th place at best”

Rizatdinova gave an interview to the Ostrov YouTube channel.

Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

Yana Kudryavtseva, also commented about this interview:

“I always respect all the gymnast and I have never said anything negative about them. But this time, I did not understand these words towards me. Anna Rizatdinova thinks that I didn’t deserve a second place in Rio Olympics 2016 due to my mistake in clubs. Well, the real price for me were my fans, audience. I am very proud of my position in Rio. My advice: accept your defeats.”

Yana Kudryavsteva (RUS)

Requirements for leotards in Rhythmic Gymnastics 2022-2024

As the last code said, a correct gymnastics leotard must be in non-transparent material; therefore, leotards that have some parts in lace will have to be lined (from the trunk to the chest).

This statement is common to the last code of points.

The pelvic area (with or without a skirt) should be covered with non-transparent material up to the hip bones and a small lace or transparent area for connection/decoration is tolerated.

On this code, the cut of the leotard at the top of the legs must not go beyond the fold of the crotch.


Leotards may be with or without sleeves


The undergarments worn beneath the leotard should not be visible beyond the seams of the leotard itself.

The leotard must be all in one piece. It is not possible for a gymnast to wear a leotard and separate additional
“socks,” “gloves,” decorative legwarmers, or belts.
It is not allowed to decorate leotard with light-emitting diodes (LED)

On this code, a leotard with words or symbols is allowed if the design meets ethical standards and based on RG COP 2022-2024
Hair decorations were a point of controversy in the last COP. The hairstyle must be neat and compact. Decorative details are allowed but they must not be bulky and/or jeopardize the safety of the gymnasts. Hair decorations must be close to the bun/compact to the hair.



The penalties are 0.30 point one time for rule is not met.

Irina Viner on Averinas sports career

Irina Viner Usmanova

Irina Viner revealed why Arina and Dina Averina are still training even they wanted to finish their career after Tokyo 2020.

“After Olympic Games, Arina called me. She told me she wanted to finish her sports career. The intention of the twins was to graduate in Economics and attend to University. I said -okay-. Hold on for a minute, chicken. Wet chicken. What did the Nation for you and your sister? Why did the people take you to the Red Square in your honour? The first prime Minister, said that your sister Dina deserved the gold medal. Now the President is going to give you an award. Are you crazy? How dare you! Will you let the people down? After all these, how can you say that to me?

Arina Averina (RUS)

“Quickly go to gym!” – said Irina Viner. ”Were you trying to test me? How much do you want me to suffer for you? You though that I would say to you that I have younger gymnast that can replace you. But you are not right”

Irina Viner made them back to the gym. Now Dina and Arina are training for the next season on their brand new routines.

Dina Averina (RUS)

Grand Prix Thiais 2022 is cancelled

Anastasiia Guzenkova (RUS) at GP Thiais

Grand Prix Thiais is already a historic tournament in gymnastics tradition for more than twenty years.

This Grand Prix series competition is held in Thiais, close to Paris (France).

Last year, the situation of the Coronavirus virus – COVID 19 in France leaded the Organizing Committee to cancel the 34th edition of the Internationaux de Thiais in view of the risks that this could cause the foreign delegations taking part and the public many who attend the event.

This year, the organizing Committe and GP director, Jose de Freitas, decided to cancel 2022 edition because of the health risks:


Until the last few days, the Organizing Committee of the Internationaux de Thiais (COMSE) has worked to ensure that the 34th edition of the Internationaux de Thiais, postponed for two years, is held at the end of March.

Until the end, we hoped that the health situation, which had begun to improve in recent months, would stabilize or even progress favorably.

Unfortunately, the indicators we have are not the most optimistic.

Inescapable constraints weigh on the organization of our tournament due to the circulation of the virus. We cannot reasonably commit ourselves to ensuring that the Grand Prix takes place as the uncertainties are numerous and the necessary adaptations strong.

Dina Averina (RUS)

Unanimously of its members, the Organizing Committee has therefore decided to postpone the organization of the Thiais Grand Prix to 2023.

Aware of the disappointment that our decision may cause for the loyal public and all foreign delegations, we could not decently do otherwise.

This decision, which is difficult to make, is in our opinion the most reasonable possible so that we can come-back soon, faster and stronger.

Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

We hope that next year, this pandemic will be no more than a bad and distant memory and that you will once again place your trust in us by coming to attend this magnificent high-level competition.

Bulgarian Senior Group “Golden Girls” retire

Olympic Champions, Bulgarian Senior Group, announced their retirement last month in a special event that was celebrated in Sofia. The “Golden Girls” are Simona Dyankova, Madlen Radukanova, Stefani Kiryakova, Laura Traets and Erika Zafirova.

Their last competition before their retirement was suposed to be World Championships in Japan, but just a few days before, a member of the group, Laura Traets recalled a cervical pain that forced her to stop training at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu. So that this condition made Laura stopped on 25 October and ended her sporting career a few days earlier than expected. The origin of her pain was in her back. She was not able to move her right arm.

Laura Traets (BUL)

After becoming Olympic Champions, all fans were expecting to see them again at World Championships in October. It was their last chance to also win World Championships. The group had no choice but to withdraw from the competition. “Laura’s health is more important than medals’. We are Olympic champions! We have been a real team since the beginning.” – said the group.

Elena Bineva, who was part of the group until the end of 2018, was also in the Gala-Show in honour of the Group.