Gymnastics improving in Spain

For a while there, it seemed to be all bad news out of Spain.

But since Jesus Carballo Jr. took over as President, things are looking up, up, up.

Couch Gymnast posted the best summary so far of what’s happening there:

Carballo is hoping to make some major improvements to the state of Spanish gymnastics, a nation which hasn’t achieved what it was threatening in some impressive performances back in the 1998-2000 period.

“I practically live at the Federation (…) I go there at 8.30am and go away at about 9pm. On weekends I try to move around Spain visiting clubs and autonomous federations. I also meet marketing and publicity companies (…) We can’t live only off grants, which is now eighty percent of our budget. We need to make gymnastics financially profitable. I’d like to take gymnastics to more sectors, for it to have more visibility”.

In the same interview, Jesus Carballo Senior (National WAG coach) talked about his expectations for Tokyo 2010 and the Olympics. He disputes the fact that Spain’s economic situation is the primary reason for their lack of recent success in the sport.

“Crisis? The National Sport Council has good facilities and we won’t run out of resources to go to the Olympics. If we don’t classify it won’t be because we have less money”. …

read more on Couch GymnastSpanish Gymnastics: Changes Ahead

That post links to an article on (Google translate)

… In another recent article, Carballo also claimed that Spain has 8,000 licensed gymnasts (most of them from WAG), in comparison to Germany, where there are five millon gymnasts. …

Click over to American Gymnast to see one of the skills named after Carballo, on H Bar.

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4 thoughts on “Gymnastics improving in Spain”

  1. Licensed gymasts? They are talking total numbers across all types it looks like. Five million is more gymnasts than in USAG. I think a fair number of Germany’s gymasts must be General Gymnasts, not necessarily competitive gymnasts. I’m not saying Germany doesn’t have more competitive gymnasts than Spain but I do think a lot of their licensed gymnasts are recreational.

  2. The term licensed gymnasts can be misleading, since the registration process varies among countries. Here in Australia, all gymnasts are registered with the national federation (except for possibly some adult classes), so we have 120,000 registered gymnasts. However, I have noticed that in the US, only a small number of gymnasts seem to be registered with USAG gymnasts. The USA Gymnastics site states that only 110,000 are registered, yet the statistics show that 5.2 million people participate in gymnastics.

    So the above comparison of number between Germany and Spain may not actually be of any use.

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