14. September 2018  
Sofia, BUL  
Rhythmic Gymnastics

FIG President Watanabe discussed the future of Rhythmic Gymnastics

* fig - n e w s---: International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Morinari Watanabe led a roundtable discussion at the 2018 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia (BUL) to address key issues for the sport's future and the technical direction of the discipline. President Watanabe was joined by members of the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee and the FIG Competition Commission to speak with 85 delegation members representing dozens of federations.
The FIG roundtable discussion with the delegations during the World Championships is an initiative from President Watanabe himself, who took office in January 2017.
He also created a working group to increase innovation in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Anelia RALENKOVA (BUL) - World champion 1983, with high degree of individuality, technical class and artful aesthetics

Nataliya Kuzmina, President of the RG Technical Committee, agreed this was an ongoing issue. "We have a problem in a relation of artistry," she said. "Of course you can see progress in our exercises. Coaches respect music more."
After the 2004 Olympics, the FIG introduced an open-ended scoring system across its disciplines, including Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics. President Watanabe stated that the FIG should rethink its priority for a uniform scoring system for multiple disciplines. "The FIG tried to have common ground among all FIG disciplines," he said, "In this regard, I, as a new FIG president, have a different policy. I want to take advantage of the unique future of each discipline, as each discipline has its own each history and culture. I hope that Rhythmic Gymnastics develops as its own discipline."