Medical guidelines for events and competitions held during the COVID-19 pandemic have been approved by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee met virtually to discuss a number of issues regarding the global health crisis.
With the resumption of competition coming soon, the Executive Committee approved the medical guidelines for FIG events held while coronavirus is still prevalent.
They are aimed at providing FIG stakeholders, especially Local Organising Committees, with medical considerations and risk‑mitigation protocols to ensure that athletes and officials can participate in events within a safe and secure environment.
The Executive Committee also discussed the solidarity fund set up to help athletes and national governing bodies impacted by the economic repercussions of the crisis.
So far, 24 requests from 21 federations have been received by the FIG, which will soon send grants to all applicants.
Due to the cancellation or postponement of the majority of competitions scheduled for this year, the Executive Committee also decided that all athletes’ licences created between January 1 and December 31 will be automatically renewed for a further 12 months, free of charge.
New dates in 2021 for the World Cup and World Challenge events postponed from this year were approved, while the terms of office for the FIG secretary general Nicolas Buompane and all FIG Commissions were extended until December 31 2021.
FIG President Morinari Watanabe has already had his term extended after worldwide governing body postponed its Congress to October 2021.
Aside from matters regarding the pandemic, the Executive Committee approved the updated FIG anti-doping rules, which comply with the new requirements of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code.
These updated rules will take effect on January 1.
The Executive Committee also approved a significant change in the results-management process.
Starting from next year, results management will be delegated to the Court of Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping division, instead of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation.
FIG-sanctioned competition is set to return in October with a World Challenge Cup artistic gymnastics event in Szombathely in Hungary.
More than 80 gymnasts from 18 nations across Europe have registered for the event, set to take place from October 2 to 4.
Szombathely will be only the fourth FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event of 2020, following legs in Melbourne in Australia, Milwaukee in the United States and Baku in Azerbaijan.
They took place before the pandemic shut down the gymnastics calendar.