Morinari Watanabe

Morinari Watanabe at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

Morinari Watanabe (渡邊守成, Watanabe Morinari, born 21 February 1959) is a Japanese businessman who has served as president of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique since January 2017.[1] Prior to his election in October 2016, he served as General-Secretary of the Japan Gymnastics Association (2009–16) and was on multiple committees with the Japanese Olympic Committee.[2]

Watanabe is the ninth president of the FIG and its first Asian president.[3] In October 2018, the International Olympic Committee elected him as a new member.[4] He was also appointed an Executive Board Member of Tokyo 2020.[5]


  1. ^ "Watanabe elected as president of International Gymnastics Federation". The Japan Times Online. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ "WATANABE Morinari, Japan (JPN)" (PDF). FIG. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  3. ^ Turner, Amanda (19 October 2016). "Morinari Watanabe Elected President of FIG". International Gymnast Magazine Online. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Olympics: World gymnastics chief Watanabe proposed as new IOC member". Kyodo News. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Morinari Watanabe to be Appointed Executive Board Member of Tokyo 2020". 19 October 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruno Grandi
President of the International Gymnastics Federation