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Chusovitina, Pegan Elected to FIG Athletes Commission
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Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) and Aljaž Pegan (Slovenia) were elected to the FIG Athletes Commission on Friday at the world championships in Montreal.

Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) and Aljaž Pegan (Slovenia) were elected to the FIG Athletes Commission on Friday at the world championships in Montreal.

The gymnasts in Montreal voted for Chusovitina (women's artistic gymnastics) and Pegan (men's artistic gymnastics) to represent them on the FIG Commission. Chusovitina succeeds Great Britain's Beth Tweddle, who was elected after the 2012 Olympics in London. Pegan takes over for Jani Tanskanen (Finland), who was elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. Tanskanen was president of the commission but had to withdraw from his role last year after being elected to the FIG Executive Board.

Chusovitina, 42, and Pegan, 43, both share lengthy histories as competitors. Chusovitina, who competed in a record seventh Olympic Games in 2016, is still competing and qualified to the vault final in Montreal. Since her world debut at the 1991 World Championships, she has won two Olympic medals and 11 world championship medals. In May, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in May.

Pegan made his world debut in 1992 and was a four-time medalist on high bar, winning gold in 2005 and silver in 2002, 2006 and 2007. He was forced to retire after a back injury in 2009. For the past several years he has coached in Turkey but is still heavily involved in Slovenian sport, serving as the head of delegation for Slovenia at the 2015 European Games in Baku. In Montreal, he has been on the floor with the Turkish men, who have had a record world championships so far.

At the rhythmic world championships in September, Lyubov Charkashyna (Belarus) was re-elected to be the FIG Athlete Representative for rhythmic gymnastics. She has served as the interim president since Tanskanen's resignation. A new president for the commission will be elected in December or January.

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