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UAG History and Development

 

The document that saw the formal launch of the African Gymnastics Union (UAG) was signed in October 1990 in Algiers (ALG), in margins of the 1st African Gymnastics Championships. Prior to the official ratification, there had been  series of discussions and meetings in Tunis (TUN) in 1988, at the instigation and with the active encouragement of Prof Bruno Grandi, who was then the Vice-President of the FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique).

 

In November 2011, the UAG convened an extraordinary General Assembly in Ghent (BEL) at the time of the 35th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. This meeting reviewed and approved a revised regulatory and statutory framework for the UAG, reflecting the changes in the organization during the intervening period, and also the restructuring of the organs of the FIG. In short, this extraordinary assembly was devoted to ensuring that the regulatory and statutory framework of the UAG conformed with those of the FIG.

 

One of the core goals and challenges faced by the UAG has been to unite as many countries as possible under its umbrella.

The creation of the African Championships represented a major landmark for the UAG, particularly in terms of: 

·         adding a new dimension to international competition by incorporating individual and team events for all four Olympic disciplines (MAG, WAG, RG and TRA) at both junior and senior level

·         raising the technical level of African gymnasts, who are now starting to make their mark at the highest level, with some particularly impressive results being achieved in recent years in Mediterranean and world competitions (e.g. the Mediterranean Games, the World Championships, the World Cup and other international tournaments)

Given the huge scale that the African Championships now operate on, due consideration must be given to the need to restructure them into different competitions for the separate age categories (junior and senior) and disciplines (MAG, WAG, RG ,TRA, AER).

On one hand, this will provide increased opportunities for different countries to host continental competitions; on the other hand, it will give national teams, along with their coaches and federation officials, more opportunities to meet with one another, which should, in turn, stimulate the development of the various disciplines and allow them to achieve ever higher standards.

The staging of competitions in Africa also facilitates consultation and exchanges of opinion between officials and coaches. This is needed to ensure the stability and continuity of the continent’s governing bodies, which is, in turn, essential in order to further strengthen the credibility of African gymnastics’ institutions and representatives.

We should pay tribute to several of the pioneers, founders and members of the inaugural Executive Committee of the UAG:

·         Prof Bruno Grandi, Honorary President of the UAG, who has been one of the strongest supporters of Africa

·         Colonel Azzedine Chadli (former President of the Tunisian Gymnastics Federation (FTN), who was one of the pioneers and most vociferous campaigners behind the creation of the UAG;

·         Mohamed Yamani (formerly Lazhari), former President of the Algerian Gymnastics Federation (FAG), who became the first elected President of the UAG in October 1990, a function  that he assumed till April 2013. He was among the main driving forces behind the creation of the UAG as a vehicle for providing Africa with a platform at inter-continental level. His position as an active member of the FIG Executive Committee has enabled Africa to have its voice heard on the international stage, and he has, at every available opportunity, sought to attract attention to the difficulties faced by Africa and to the continent’s commitment to progress.

 

 

 

·         Members of the inaugural UAG Executive Committee (October 1990)

 

Mohamed YAMANI (formerly LAZHARI) (ALG)

President

Ali ZAATER (ALG)

Secretary General

Radhi DJELLOULI (TUN)

Vice President

Wagdi ABOU EL MAATI (EGY)

Vice President

Mohamed EL YOUBI (MAR)

Vice President

Henri DOUE TAI (CIV)

Member

Neil NATIVEL (ZIM)

Member

Jan David JURGEN (NAM)

Member

Ibrahim Baba DANWAHU (NGR)

Member

 

In March 2002, the African gymnastics suffered a major blow with the death of J.C. Cloéte of the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF), who was one of the continent’s leading gymnastics specialists, and a figure whose expertise earned him international recognition. He was a great man, one who fully deserved such recognition for what was an exemplary career, characterized, right up until his death, by his wisdom, incomparable altruism and a total commitment to African gymnastics, which he strove tirelessly to raise to the highest level.

 


 

The Editions of the African Championships

Year

Edition

Place

1990

1st MAG/WAG African Championships

Algiers

1992

2nd MAG/WAG African Championships

Casablanca

1994

3rd MAG/WAG African Championships

Johannesburg

1998

4th MAG/WAG African Championships

Walvis Bay

2000

5th MAG/WAG African Championships

Tunis

2002

6th MAG/WAG/RG/TRA African Championships

Algiers

2004

7th MAG/WAG African Championships

Thiès

2006

8th MAG/WAG/RG/TRA African Championships

Cap town

2009

9th MAG/WAG/RG African Championships

Cairo

2010

10th TRA/AER African Championships

Walvis Bay

2012

11th MAG/WAG/RG African Championships

Tunis

2014

12th MAG/WAG/RG African Championships

Pretoria

2016

13th MAG/WAG/AER African Championships

Algiers

2016

13th TRA/GR African Championships

Walvis Bay

 

 -2018: - Cairo (Egypt)
- Swakopmund (Namibia)

- Brazzaville (Congo)


NB: In 1995, Namibia hosted, for its first continental event, the African Championships for    Juniors only (MAG-WAG).

 

       

 

 

 

 

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