San Jose, California (USA) / FIG Office, May 22, 2010: The members of the FIG Council, convened for an ordinary meeting in San Jose, California (USA), gave a show of support for Japanese organisers of the 43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, reaffirming an event scheduled to take place October 7 – 16, 2011 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

In reaction to the Council’s decision, FIG President Prof. Bruno Grandi explained that FIG authorities have given utmost consideration to the health of its gymnasts and delegations travelling to Tokyo. The decision to maintain the Tokyo venue is founded on an evaluation of the current situation conducted by competent professionals in the field, and their subsequent conclusions.

Present in San Jose, President of the Japanese Gymnastics Association Hidenori Futagi, alongside Organising Committee President Morinari Watanabe, applauded the decision, commenting on what he says is “… a moving gesture of solidarity and encouragement for the Japanese people as a whole; a decision worthy of the international Gymnastics family.”