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Wednesday May 15, 2013

MGF jump at the chance to include aerobics and trampoline

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) are hoping to include two events – trampoline and aerobics – into their programme for the first time in a bid to expand and develop the sport in the country.

MGF’s current programme has three disciplines – rhythmic gymnastics as well as men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics.

And what’s more, trampoline gymnastics, an Olympic discipline which involves gymnasts (men’s and women’s individual or duo) performing routines incorporating somersaults, jumps and twists at a height of eight metres will be contested for the first time at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore and will also be contested in the Asian Games and World Cup.

With the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) providing two Eurotramp trampolines, MGF president Razak Mat Amin said it was high time for Malaysian gymnastics to take up the discipline.

“Trampoline is an Olympic discipline and our neighbours in the region have already included it into their programme so I think it is high time we do so too,” said Razak at the first MGF council meeting of the year.

“We definitely have the talent and the right stature and frame to excel in the sport and in 2017 Kuala Lumpur will host the SEA Games so we would definitely like to be able to have gymnasts involved,” he added.

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