Men’s Technical Committee (MTC) President Adrian Stoica is to challenge current FIG President Bruno Grandi for the title. I expect that this move will be welcomed by many gymnastics fans world wide who have often offered many criticisms of Grandi decisions and views. Professor Grandi has been the FIG President since 1996 and until now has remained unchallenged in his role.
The main issue that fans have against Grandi is the introduction of a new open ended scoring system and changes to the Code of Points made in the 2004 – 2005 season. This new code took effect in 2006. The 2006 Commonwealth Games were the first competition completed under the new Code. The results were somewhat controversial, primarily because of the women’s all-around results where decisions made meant that Australian gymnast Hollie Dykes managed to win the bronze medal despite falling on every apparatus. Since then Grandi has continued to receive criticisms in relation the the code, mainly after ever major competition.
It begs the question, what could Adrian Stoica have to offer? In the past he has defended the current Men’s Code of Points, explaining that eventually coaches will invent shorter routines with fewer execution deductions. He was previously interviewed by International Gymnast Magazine in 2010, it’s a great read.