22-26 May, 2024. I Papp László Budapest Sportaréna


European Gymnastics

A modern sports organisation with a future

European Gymnastics counts 50 national member federations. It is a sports organisation, which reaches far beyond the borders of political Europe but nevertheless bears the idea of a united gymnastics nation.As guarantor of interests of its around 8 500 000 gymnasts, European Gymnastics represents quite different facets of the sport: from Olympic sports to gymnastics for all.

European gymnasts transmit their understanding of being together beyond the borders and set an example in community. No other sports federation in Europe proposes such a diversity of offers as European Gymnastics. One can find not only high-level sport in the four Olympic disciplines and the three non-Olympic disciplines, but also leisure sport with offers for all age groups, from toddlers to senior citizens.


  • It is the task and obligation of European Gymnastics to safeguard and support the principles of sports as mentioned in the Olympic Charter.
  • Sport in general and gymnastics in particular as one of the most important European sports disciplines plays a considerable social role.
  • European Gymnastics supports the cause to realise, in a credible way, the humanistic, ethical and pedagogical principles of sport.
  • By doing so, we let ourselves be guided by the principles that fairness, equal rights, integration of everyone, acceptance of cultural variety and the mutual respect of freedom of speech determine the acts of the Members of European Gymnastics.

The Aims of European Gymnastics

  • Promotion and development of European gymnastics on all levels.
  • With approximately 10 million sportsmen and sportswomen in 50 national member federations, European Gymnastics is one of the largest European sports federations. It is the aim of European Gymnastics to promote high-level sports and sport for all in all European member federations so that both can complete -and profit- from each other.
  • Promotion of the sport and its disciplines.
  • The representation and presentation of gymnastics as a modern, dynamic and attractive discipline in constant dialogue with the media and the public.
  • Setting up and organising professional structures.
  • Honorary commitment and realisation by professionals characterise the leadership of all sports federations. Our aim is to professionally fulfil the requests and expectations of our members, partners, the media and the public.
  • Support of the International Federation of Gymnastics through a cooperation based on partnership.

Hungarian Gymnastics Federation

The Hungarian Gymnastics Association (MATSZ) was founded in 1885 as the Association of Hungarian Gymnastics Clubs, which was admitted to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in 1898. 

The Association is responsible for eight disciplines: aerobic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, men’s artistic gymnastics, trampoline, gymnastics for all, women’s artistic gymnastics, parkour and rhythmic gymnastics. Over the past 140 years, the Federation’s gymnastics disciplines have produced several world and European championships for the country, and the gymnastics discipline has a strong record of 15 Olympic gold medals. It has also organised European Championships, World Championships, World Cups and other international competitions with excellent results. The President of the Federation is Zoltán Magyar, two-time Olympic champion in the pommel horse.

International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)

The International Gymnastics Federation was founded in 1881 under the name “Fédération Européenne de Gymnastique” and since 1921 has been officially known as the “Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique”.

The organisation represents seven gymnastics disciplines: men’s artistic gymnastics (MAG); women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG); rhythmic gymnastics (RG); aerobic gymnastics (AER); acrobatic gymnastics (ACRO); trampoline (TRA); and parkour. In addition, the federation is responsible for setting the age limits for gymnasts to participate in the Olympics, and for developing and running the qualification system. It is responsible for world competitions in all gymnastics disciplines and sets the rules by which gymnasts’ performances are assessed. Its headquarters are in Laussanne, Switzerland, and its President is Morinari Watanabe (JPN).