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Charkashyna: I Will Use All My Powers To Promote Gymnastics In The World

On February 28, the International Gymnastics Federation’s Athletes Commission has met in Luasanne (SUI) to elect a new Athletes Commission President.

The Commission’s then president was Finland’s Jani Tanskanen, who resigned due to the possible conflict of interest and incompatibility with his new position as an elected Executive Committee member. He was the 1997 World Horizontal Bar champion and was elected Athletes Commission President just last fall.

"During the past seven years, I have done my best to make the athletes' voices heard within the FIG," said the 41-year-old Tanskanen, "The interests of the athletes will always remain in my heart and will be the most important aspect in my new function as an FIG EC member. I congratulate Liubou on her election and I am utterly confident that she will defend the athletes' interests with the same passion."

Liubou Charkashyna

At the first meeting of the new Executive Committee, Tanskanen was replaced by the retired 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Liubou Charkashyna from Belarus. Charkashyna’s election would only last until the next election of the Athletes Commission President which could be at the end of this year, or the beginning of next year, following the 2017 world championships in each discipline—Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics—where competing athletes will vote for their representative.

The 29-year-old Charkashyna said, "I would like to say thank you to Jani for his excellent work. He showed us how to defend the athletes at the highest level. I would like also to thank the commission for electing me and for its support. I will use all my powers to promote gymnastics, this beautiful sport, in the world."

The FIG’s Athletes Commission is composed of one retired athlete from each of the FIG’s disciplines, with two for artistic gymnastics—one male and one female. Trampoline’s representative in the Commission is Portugal’s Nuno Merino, aerobics representative is Hungary’s Dora Hegyi, and women’s artistic gymnastics representative is UK’s Beth Tweddle.

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