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The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) or International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG) is the governing body of competitive gymnastics. Its headquarters are in Lausannemarker, Switzerlandmarker. It was founded on July 23, 1881 in Liègemarker, Belgiummarker, making it the oldest international sport organisation. Originally called the European Federation of Gymnastics, it had three member countries — Belgiummarker, Francemarker and the Netherlandsmarker — until 1921, when non-European countries were admitted, and it was renamed to its current name.

The federation draws up the rules, known as the Code of Points, which regulate how gymnast's performance is evaluated. Six gymnastics disciplines are governed by the FIG: Artistic gymnastics (further classified as Men's Artistic Gymnastics — MAG and Women's Artistic Gymnastics — WAG), Rhythmic gymnastics (RG), Aerobic gymnastics (AER), Acrobatic gymnastics (ACRO) and Trampolining (TRA).

Additionally, the federation has been considered the authority responsible for determining whether gymnasts are old enough to participate in the Olympics. Despite there being controversies regarding the reported ages of Chinese gymnasts He Kexin and Yang Yilin in the 2008 Olympics, the International Olympic Committeemarker has deferred to the FIG age verifications.

Organization

The main governing bodies of the federation are the President and Vice-Presidents, the Congress, held every two years, the Executive Committee, the Council and seven Technical Committees — for each of the disciplines (WAG and MAG have distinct ones; for GG it's called General Gymnastics Committee).

 there are 128 federations affiliated to the FIG and 2 associated federations, as well as four Continental Unions:


An Italian, Bruno Grandi, has been the elected president since 1996

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