In an exclusive interview in the January/February 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, recently elected FIG Women’s Technical Committee President Donatella Sacchi said she is eager to devise ways to improve the sport.
"I would like to continue to push for fair competition, giving the judges the knowledge and the confidence to give the correct scores,” she said. “I would like to improve the collaboration between judges and coaches—we are not fighting each other, but we can cooperate to keep our sport beautiful. I would like to give opportunity to gymnasts with different abilities to compete for top scores. How? I’m thinking about it.”
Sacchi (SAH-kee), who lives in Novara, Italy, knows gymnastics. She was the 1973 Italian Novice champion and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She's coached both the Italian junior and senior teams, and has judged the Olympics and world championships. She also has a great sense of humor, judging by her response to how she became a gymnast.
"I became a gymnast by chance. My parents were coaches, and when I was 9 years old my mom said, 'For the club team, we need one gymnast for vault. You have strong legs. Come, train and compete.' It was not a request, it was an order. So, I started, but I didn't like to make weight."
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