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FIG president in SA to open academy

Professor Bruno Grandi, president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, will officially open the South African National Gymnastics Academy, at the Matsport Centre based in Centurion, Tshwane on 1 October 2010.

Grandi will be accompanied by the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), Ron Froelich and Nicholas Buompane, the secretary-general of the FIG. A representative from the City of Tshwane will also be in attendance.

The venue has been graciously donated by the City of Tshwane, making the city the new home of gymnastics development and training in Southern Africa. The facility, in conjunction with the donation of international standard equipment by the FIG, will assist South Africa in its drive to become a top competitor in the international gymnastics arena.

As such, the presence of the FIG President and the President of the World Games Association gives credence of the importance of this facility as a hub for gymnastics development in South Africa and regionally as well.