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Professor Nikola Hadjiev takes his leave


Former Vice President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Nikola Hadjiev, passed away on August 23, 2014 in his home town of Sofia (BUL) after a short-lived illness. Born on May 10, 1936, he was in his 78th year. Nikola Hadjiev was the spouse of Tzvetana Dimova, member of the

Women’s Technical Committee from 1989 to 1996, who died on May 2, 2002. With his death, the FIG and the scientific community lose an internationally recognized colleague.

Nikola Hadjiev proved his abilities at both the national and international level. President of the Bulgarian Federation for 20 years (1970 – 1990), he was also the coach of the national Artistic team from 1958 to 1968 before pursuing a remarkable career in academia as of 1959 as Assistant Professor at the National Sports Academy ‘Vassil Levski’ in Sofia. In 1967 he earned a PhD in Pedagogical Science, followed by full professorship. From 1979 to 1987, Mr Hadjiev was the Rector of the Sports Academy and led the gymnastics department until 1996.

Nikola Hadjiev is the author of more than 130 scientific publications and 27 books translated into several languages.

OUTSTANDING CAREER AT FIG

In 1976, the FIG General Assembly attributed one Executive Committee seat to Nikola Hadjiev. In 1980, he was the Federation’s first Vice President, and again member of the Executive until 1992, when he retired from his active career with the distinction of Honorary FIG Member.

he international community is indebted to Mr. Hadjiev for the impact his work continues to have on the sport. An engaging and charismatic person, he was able to transmit and disseminate his passion for sport, as well as his enthusiasm for research and scientific knowledge.

 

Olympic recognition for Slava Corn

 

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has named FIG First Vice President Slava Corn (CAN) to the IOC’s “Women and Sports” Commission.

A former gymnast, Corn, who has been a member of the FIG Executive Committee since 1992, also chairs the FIG Media and Communication Commission. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the highly successful FIG Academy Program, an international coaching education system that helps experienced coaches spread their knowledge in countries who are trying to bolster their gymnastics programs. She has also been Director of programming at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, and is regarded one of the pioneers of women’s sport in Canada.

The role of the Women and Sport Commission is to advise the IOC Executive Board on the policy to deploy in the area of promoting women in sport.

 

Time has come
for Ayla!

 

Unable to attend the first meeting last January of the Athletes Commission of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), Ayla Ahmadova (AZE) hadn’t had the chance to put on her wrist the watch presented to her then by FIG historical watchmaking partner Longines.

This was done on the eve of the 24th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships held in Levallois (FRA). Not an active competitor anymore, Ayla has started a new career with the Cirque du Soleil in Montreal (CAN) since her last routine performed on the floor at the 2010 Worlds in Wroclaw (POL). She was elected in 2013 in Sofia (BUL) as a delegate of ACRO and its gymnasts and she is a member of the FIG Athletes Commission chaired by the Finn Jani Tanskanen.

Longines time has nice gymnast whose versatility and magic are still shining today worldwide in the Cirque du Soleil.

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