Full name : Morinari Watanabe
Nationality : Japanese
Year of Birth : 1959
Elected for a four-year term at the Tokyo Congress in October 2016, Morinari Watanabe has become the ninth President of the FIG and the first non-European to hold the post. Before taking office, he had been the Secretary General of the Japanese Gymnastics Association since 2009. He joined the organisation in 1996, first as managing director and was credited for the success of Japanese athletes on the World and Olympic scene after a period of medal-less performances at the 1996 and 2000 Games.
As FIG President, he will lead this major Olympic sport on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Games in his own country and bring a new vision for the Federation based on his conviction that the new societal revolution in the 21st century comes from sports – starting with Gymnastics.