British Gymnastics statement - British Gymnastics

British Gymnastics statement

British Gymnastics wishes to confirm its position with respect to the potential nomination of a Rhythmic Gymnastics Group to the British Olympic Association (BOA) for inclusion into Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In May 2011, we embarked upon a process with the (BOA) to argue a case for the use of a Host Nation Qualification Place on the strict proviso that a benchmark score was achieved. This standard was designed to ensure that any performance would not only be credible, but also provide a lasting legacy for the future of the Group discipline within British Gymnastics.

The culmination of this process embarked on by British Gymnastics on behalf of the Rhythmic Gymnastics community, was favourable and a standard was agreed with the BOA.

This standard needed to be achieved at the second FIG designated Olympic Qualification Event, which took place on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th January within the recent London Prepares series. Unfortunately the Group from Great Britain fell short of meeting this definitive target.

In accordance with the selection process approved by the BOA (which was agreed and acknowledged by all competing Group members), British Gymnastics wishes to confirm that in line with this policy it will not be nominating a Rhythmic Gymnastics Group for inclusion into Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

British Gymnastics acknowledges the considerable commitment and improved performance shown by the Group representing Great Britain at the recent London Prepares series. To fall agonisingly short of the qualifying standard was an enormous disappointment for the Group and everyone involved in the sport of gymnastics.  The Group should be assured that their performance will be the catalyst for the on-going development of the Rhythmic Group discipline within Great Britain, which we hope will lead to future World Championship and Olympic Games representation.
 
British Gymnastics looks forward to nominating to the BOA, a gymnast for the Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around competition this summer.

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British Gymnastics
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