By Emily Goddard

The Gymnastics for All symposium will focus on the sport for athletes with disabilities ©FIGMarch 26 - The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has put out a call for national federations to participate in its upcoming Gymnastics for All Committee symposium.

The event, which is being held in cooperation with British Gymnastics and will take place in Lilleshall from May 30 to June 1 this year, will focus on the topic of "Gymnastics for people with disabilities".

FIG says the symposium will "underline that gymnastics is an activity suitable for everyone, no matter of one's gender, age, abilities or cultural background".

It will highlight FIG Gymnastics for All events, such as the World Gymnaestrada and World Gym for Life Challenge, which regularly feature groups that include athletes with disabilities, while encouraging federations to adopt this integrated approach.

Host country Britain is already among the active federations, with British Gymnastics having had a disability programme in place since 1985.

FIG is also urging other national governing bodies to share their knowledge and ideas on the topic.

The symposium will include a series of practical and theory workshops designed to share best practices and knowledge for the successful inclusion of disabled people in the sport.

The deadline for registration is April 2.

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