To spread awareness for world peace, International Gymnastics Federation President Morinari Watanabe is sending a group of current and retired gymnasts from several different countries to Hiroshima ahead of the Group of Seven summit in May. In a series of events organised by FIG, the group will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to pay their respects and lay flowers at the cenotaph of atomic-bomb victims. The main goal of this trip is to make an appeal for “no more Hiroshimas, no more Nagasakis.” Among the group’s members are Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic men’s all-around gymnastics champion, Nastia Liukin of the United States, who won the 2008 all-around Olympic championship, and Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran, the reigning men’s floor exercise world champion. The Japan Gymnastics Association, Foreign Ministry, and Hiroshima’s prefectural and municipal governments are all supporting this initiative. They hope the sports world’s collective voice helps inspire peace in the world, especially given the current state of global affairs.
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