Long-serving Grandi to step down as FIG president

Bruno Grandi has announced he is to step down from his role as president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) at the end of his current term in October 2016.

Grandi was first elected as president in 1996 after having initially lost out in an election for the position in 1992. The Italian has held the presidency ever since having been re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

However, the 80-year-old has confirmed he will not seek a sixth term and will step down at the end of his current spell in office, which is due to end in October 2016, 20 years after having first been elected.

Speaking to delegates today (Wednesday) at the 80th FIG Congress in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Grandi said: “Before officially opening this Congress, I would like to clarify something about my current position in order to avoid any misunderstandings, My friends, in October 2016 I will not be in the running for the FIG presidency. For this reason I would like to offer encouragement to those who will be taking up the gauntlet in the future.”

A new president will be announced at the closure of the 81st Congress in October 2016.

Meanwhile, the FIG Executive Committee has made a number of other announcements regarding its recent activities. Construction work on the new FIG head office in Lausanne, Switzerland will begin in November this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

The FIG also announced that its 2017 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships have been provisionally awarded to the Canadian city of Montreal. In partnership with the Canadian Gymnastics Federation, the event will be finalised after an inspection of facilities.