American Steve Butcher was appointed to a new International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) position, Technical Coordinator of the FIG, which will oversee the technical committees of all the FIG's disciplines. Pictured: Butcher, right, with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanning
Latvia's Artur Mickevic, pictured at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, is the new head of the FIG Men's Technical Committee.
American Steve Butcher was appointed to a new International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) position, Technical Coordinator of the FIG, which will oversee the technical committees of all the FIG's disciplines.
The new position was approved last October under outgoing FIG President Bruno Grandi.
"This new role, provided for in the new article 25 of the Statutes, has been integrated into the administrative structure of the FIG," the FIG announced. "The role consists of overseeing the technical committees of all disciplines in order to establish greater uniformity of the rules."
Butcher, who in October was re-elected to a second term as president of the FIG's Men's Technical Committee (MTC), has resigned that post to avoid any conflicts of interest with his new position.
Latvia's Artur Mickevic (pronounced "Mitskevich") will succeed Butcher as president of the MTC, based on his receiving the most number of votes during the election to the committee in October. China's Huang Liping will take up the vacant spot on the MTC, also based on last fall's election.
Butcher stated he will relocate to Lausanne, Switzerland, headquarters of both the FIG and International Olympic Committee. He takes up the position on March 1, the FIG announced.
Butcher's appointment was announced following last week's FIG Executive Committee, during which changes were also made to the FIG Women's Technical Committee. The FIG Executive Committee determined that Mexico's Naomi Valenzo will be unable to sit on the WTC due to a conflict of interest with her position as President of the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU). Valenzo will remain on the FIG Executive Committee and was made appointed an adviser to the WTC. Syria's Radie Zinal, elected to the WTC in October, has decided to withdraw for professional reasons. Johanna Gratt (Austria) and Tatiana Perskaia (United States) will replace Valenzo and Zinal on the committee.
External Link: International Gymnastics Federation