Saturday, July 23, 2011

On July 23

On this day in ...
... 1881 (130 years ago today), in Liège, Belgium, enthusiasts of gym-based exercise formed the European Federation of Gymnastics, member states of which included the host country, France, and the Netherlands. When it began admitting non-European states in 1921, it was renamed the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) / International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG). Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, it's the world's oldest international sports organization. Its regulatory mission includes developing a points code and setting minimum-age standards.

(Prior July 23 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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