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NEWS AND EVENTS
June 28, 2013
A Grand Tournament of Young Gymnasts
The traditional Kichkintoy children’s artistic gymnastics international tournament has taken place in Tashkent.



The contest was organized by the Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan jointly with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Children’s Sports Development Fund and the Tashkent City Hokimiyat (Administration).

Special emphasis has been placed under the leadership of President Islam Karimov on boosting the health of women and girls, promoting a healthy lifestyle among them and the popularization of sports. In our country, such an elegant type of sports as artistic gymnastics has been evolving at a rather swift pace. Today, the number of girls in this sport exceeds 35 thousand, a considerable increase from 1,600 ten years ago.

The Kichkintoy (Kiddy) international children’s tournament has been organized in order to bolster the popularity of artistic gymnastics and prop up love for sports among girls from their early childhood. During the competitions, more than 350 juvenile gymnasts demonstrated their skills in single, duo, trio, quartet and group performances. The contest presented the participants a freedom of choice of gymnastic costumes and music, thus the performances were distinct in their diversity and colorfulness. The young athletes reflected the images of their favorite fairytale and animated heroes with the help of complex and neat gymnastic elements.

In single performances, victorious were Zulfiya Israilova, Adelina Omarova, Oysha Bobomatova, Valeria Shumilina from Tashkent, Mohina Abdukhalilova from Tashkent region, along with Madina Shirinova (Bukhara), Mehribonu Shonazarova (Navoi), Gulsanam Musurmonkulova (Sirdarya), Dinora Sattorova (Samarkand) and Sevinch Chorieva (Kashkadarya).

The more than twenty compositions performed by gymnasts, especially the shows “The Merry Orchestra” and “Potpourri” by Tashkent girls, the “Circus, Circus, Circus” by Bekabad athletes, the “Doll” by Karshi gymnasts, the “Four Beauties” by Bukhara girls, the “Chickens” and “Chaykhana” by Navoi contenders, and the “Grace” by Nukus contestants proved particularly appealing for spectators.

“The conditions created across all regions of the country for girls’ regular occupation with sports facilitate the further elevation of the level of such competitions as the “Kichkintoy” and the popularization of artistic gymnastics among girls,” says the chief referee of the tournament Ekaterina Safronova. “This international contest has also helped discover numerous new talents, which will allow for adding to the national team with promising gymnasts.”

Precious gifts were handed out to participants of the festival of artistic gymnastics (Source: Uzbekistan National Agency “UzA”)


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