STAR METRO | AFTER a promising show at last month’s Aesthetic Group Gymnastic World Cup in Singapore, Malaysian Aesthetics Group Gymnastics Association (Magga) is now setting its sights on hosting the event next year.
Magga deputy president Datuk Radha Krishnan said four local teams competed and came home with two gold, two silver and a bronze medal.
“It was an impressive feat despite it being our first time participating in the World Cup and it certainly did not go unnoticed,” said Radha, adding that Magga was approached by the International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics to host the next World Cup.
Radha said it was an honour for Magga which was set up two years ago.
He said they were ready to take on the challenge.
Radha says the association will bid to host the Aesthetic Group Gymnastic World Cup 2020.
The association’s secretary-general Sarah Mohammed Ameen Sarraj and technical director Choo Kim Lian will be heading to Catalonia, Spain, to place their bid for the event this month.
“We stand a good chance of beating Kazakhstan and Estonia to win the bid,” said Radha during an incentive handover ceremony to reward the gymnasts for their outstanding performance.
The athletes and their coaches were rewarded with RM200 each as well as products from Igloo and Deuter sponsored by Universal Fitness & Leisure Sdn Bhd together with Magga.
The tournament in Singapore saw participation of more than 800 gymnasts from 20 countries.
For Malaysia, team Humming Bird and TG Lilies won gold while TQ Ixora won two silvers and Pink Clubs Diamond took bronze.
“If we win the bid, we can expect about 25 countries and over 1,500 participants coming to Malaysia next year for the competition, which will coincide with Visit Malaysia Year 2020,” said Radha, adding that they would also place a bid for the Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Asia & Pacific Cup 2020.
Ahmad Termizi Mahmud (second from right) handing over the sponsorship of prizes to Abdul Malek (second from left) while (from left) Choo, Radha and Sarah look on.
He clarified that aesthetic group gymnastics was not competing with artistic or rhythmic gymnastics which is managed by the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation.
“It is another form of gymnastics to support the continuity of a gymnast’s professional lifespan,” said Radha, who hopes to introduce the sport in schools in the near future.
Radha said he had spoken to
the Education Ministry to include the sport in its curriculum and hopes the Youth and Sports Ministry will endorse aesthetic gymnastics which he feels has great potential.