Following French star Thomas Bouhail’s injury in December of 2011, it was announced at a press conference that he was to take a malpractice suit aganist the Doctors who treated his injury, citing negligence. Little has been heard of since this press conference, until now. The UEG has announced that the FIG are to grant financial aid to Bouhail during his injury through the FIG Foundation.
August 27, 2012
The council of the FIG Foundation attributes a financial aid to the French gymnast Thomas Bouhail, allowing him to cope with the obligations caused by his serious accident.The mission of the FIG Foundation, founded in 2002, is to help gymnasts that suffer from the consequences of an accident that occurred in the context of their gymnastic activity. Its aim is also to support projects providing gymnasts with an opportunity to pursue a gymnastic education by following education and training camps.
Thomas Bouhail, with a promising future ahead, had won the silver medal on vault at the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN) 2008. In 2010, he was World Champion on vault at the 42nd World Championships in artistic gymnastics in Rotterdam (NED) and European Champion on vault at the 4th European Championships in Berlin in 2011.On the 24th of December 2011, Thomas Bouhail landed badly on the mat after his dismount of the high bar and seriously injured his knee during a training in the frame of his Olympic preparation. After several weeks in the hospital and numerous operations, his brother and personal manager informed the media about the situation of a compromised sporting future, during a press conference held on the 24th of February, 2012.It is during the London Olympics that the gymnast and the FIG officials, including its President Prof. Bruno Grandi as well as the UEG President, Georges Guelzec, held a meeting. On behalf of the European Union of Gymnastics, the UEG President wishes to express his sincere gratitude to the FIG for this precious aid attributed to a European gymnast.