Wild card selections: Pegan, Garcia to stay at home

I want inform you that today (few minutes ago) died one of basic Olympic rule – LET THE BEST SPORTSMAN WIN

On our National TV (TV Slovenia) we got the information that the last wild card for Olympics games (for artistic gymnastics) goes to one citizen of Yemen.

I dont know what thinking about this decision [Aljaz] Pegan, Yuri van Gelder, [Krisztian] Berki and other great gymnasts all over the world and other normal people…

And what do you think? Is that fair?

No Olympics for Aljaz Pegan.So wrote webmaster of www.pegan.si, a website dedicated to Slovenian veteran Aljaz Pegan, a two-time world high bar champion who has competed at every world championships since 1989 but has never been to an Olympic Games.

Pegan, second on high bar at the 2007 World Championships, was said to be in the thick of the wildcard race for an Olympic berth. His closest rival was likely Dutch strongman Yuri van Gelder, who won silver on his specialty, rings, in Stuttgart.

It was reported on message boards earlier today that the much-anticipated wild card slots went to Nashwan Al-Hazari from Yemen for men’s artistic gymnastics, and Thuong Do Thi Ngan from Vietnam for women. Both are respectable elite gymnasts, but neither have made much of an impact on the world scene.

International Gymnast Magazine ran an interview with Pagan a few months ago, and IG editor Dwight Normile posted a perspective on why the women’s wildcard should go to Mexico’s Elsa Garcia last week.

So, to repeat the webmaster’s words, is it fair? And what do you think?

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8 Responses to “Wild card selections: Pegan, Garcia to stay at home”

  1. vrba Says:

    I think that this decision is realy BIG BIG SHAME for IOC, FIG, ANOC and everyone who involved in this decision (in MAG and WAG).
    Maybe this people to old, maybe they lost contact with normal live, maybe they live in some other world?
    I dont know.
    I am not gymnast.
    I am only fan. Big fan of gymnastics.
    And I am very, very dissapoinment…

    And I really wont to know what at this moment thinking Pegan, Gelder, Berki, Elsa Garcia and the other great gymnasts all over the world…

  2. rickmccharles Says:

    I am still mulling it over.

    I THINK I will end up thinking that IOC should abandon the concept of “wild cards” as they are too controversial.

    I MIGHT even prefer a “fan voting” system on the internet as is used in professional sport all-star games, X Games and American Idol, to name a few Olympic wild card spots.

  3. Rondeen Says:

    Im so over the governing body of gymnastics, they make me sick to my stomach. Wild cards need to be done away with.

    P.S. Elsa Garcia should have gotten it

  4. vrba Says:

    I have some internal information from FIG – in the next three or four day thet publish new article on the FIG site named: We successfull kill the olympic spirit in world gymanstics.

  5. PRO THE BEST Says:

    I WAS THINKING THAT THE FIG WANT RESERV THE 98 PLACE FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL, SOMEONE WHO REALLY DESERVS TO BE AT THE OLIMPIC GAMES, SOMEONE WHO MAKES A DIFERENCE WITH THEIR PARTICIPATION, BUT IS SO SAD THAT THE WILD CARD GIVE TO GYMNAST WHO DOESNT GOING TO DO ANY DIFERENCE AT OLIMPICS.
    WHY ????
    I DONT FIND THE ANSWER … THIS IS NOT SOMETHIN FOR THE BEST OF GYMNASTICS THIS IS SOMETHING POLITICAL

  6. TROSSLER Says:

    I think that the idea with wild card is very good, it is encouring, gymnast from low level standard countries to develope theire skills, i am not right that another sloven and another dutch in the olympics, is not the olympic games for all the world, not just a few developed european countries.
    An idea would be to expand the gymnastics competition with 10 people on both the mens and on the ladies side to 108.
    And it could be 5 wild card of the different kind, it is not right to vote on who so be in a olympic games because a gymnast from a bigger country will allways get that place then.
    Your sincerly Andre Trossler.

  7. vrba Says:

    Thanks to IOC:
    Gymnastics at olympics game will be the “second” level competition…
    The top gymnasts denied from olympics games… (thanks to rules)

    If you do not let the best in the world compete, than what does the title “Olympic champion” mean? It means nothing…

    The gymnastics world cups this year will be have a greater level of quality that olympics games (Cotbuss – Germany, Maribor – Slovenia,….)

    http://gymnasticscoaching.com/?p=4257

  8. vrba Says:

    My new T-shirt:

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