Morinari Watanabe reelected as president of the International Gymnastics Federation


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Morinari Watanabe reelected as president of the International Gymnastics Federation

ANTALYA, Turkey – Morinari Watanabe was reelected to a new three-year term as president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) on Saturday after beating a challenger.

Watanabe of Japan won the vote 81-47 against Farid Gayibov from Azerbaijan at a conference in Turkey, the federation said.

Watanabe He has a business background and was first elected as FIG President in 2016 for a four-year term. That was extended by a year when the coronavirus pandemic caused the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. His new term is three years, so the next elections coincide with the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Gayibov is the chairman of the European gymnastics board of directors and the minister of youth and sports in the government of Azerbaijan.


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