“Artistic Gymnastics is a discipline of gymnastics which is a popular spectator sport at the Summer Olympic Games, and in numerous other competitive environments.
Competitive gymnasts perform short routines (ranging from approximately 30 to 90 seconds) on different apparatus, with less time for vaulting. They are governed by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, or FIG. The FIG designs the Code of Points and regulates all aspects of international elite competition. “ – Wikipedia (03/10/2010)
Since women were not able to compete in the Olympics until 1928, Women’s Artistic has developed a long way, now being a very different discipline to that of Men’s Artistic, comprising of different apparatus.
Within individual countries, gymnastics is regulated by national federations such as Singapore Gymnastics – the National Sports Association for Gymnastics in Singapore. Within Singapore, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is the most established – with the highest number of particpants and clubs running classes.