Media will be absent from the FIG Congress in Antalya next week ©Getty Images

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has confirmed media will be prevented from attending the organisation’s upcoming Congress in Antalya.

The Congress, due to take place between November 5 and 7 in the Turkish resort, includes the FIG Presidential election.

Morinari Watanabe is looking to extend his reign as head of the worldwide governing body but is facing a challenge from European Gymnastics President Farid Gayibov.

The Japanese official is up for re-election for the first time, having had his term extended by 12 months when last year's Congress was postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

An FIG spokesperson confirmed to insidethegames the Congress was closed to media, with no accreditation system in place to attend the meeting.

Media were similarly unable to attend the FIG Congress in 2016, where Watanabe secured his first term as the organisation’s President.

Watanabe overcame the challenge of Georges Guelzec of France on that occasion, winning by 100 votes to 19.

The agenda of next week’s Congress will begin next Tuesday (November 3), when the governing body’s Executive Committee holds the first of two meetings.

The Congress will begin on Friday (November 5), with elections held the following day.

The third and final day of the Congress will take place on Sunday (November 7).

Agenda items include the FIG President’s report, as well as updates from the technical coordinator, continental unions, the FIG Foundation for Solidarity and the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation.

Three years of financial reports are set to be presented, along with a quadrennial plan for the 2021 to 2024 Olympic cycle.

Morinari Watanabe was elected as FIG President back in 2016 ©Getty Images
Morinari Watanabe was elected as FIG President back in 2016 ©Getty Images

Elections, the allocation of the next Congress, good governance, respectful culture in the sport and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are also among items included on the agenda.

As well as the Presidential election, two existing vice-presidents have put themselves forward for re-election.

Five-time Olympic champion Nellie Kim of Belarus, formerly the Soviet Union as an athlete, and Russia's Vassily Titov will seek re-election.

China's Luo Chaoyi will not seek re-election.

Greek Eleni Michopoulou, Qatar's Ali Al-Hitmi, Margaret Ahlquist of Sweden, Syria's Youssef Altabbaa and Suat Celen from Turkey are all standing to become a vice-president.

Should they be unsuccessful, all seven vice-presidential candidates are listed among the 24 officials seeking election to the Executive Committee, which comprises seven ordinary members plus the President and vice-presidents.

There are 41 candidates for the 21 positions on the FIG Council, although the true number may be smaller should some be elected to the Executive Committee.

Successful candidates will take office at the start of 2022, and it is proposed they will serve three-year terms to make up for current mandates being extended by 12 months in response to the global health crisis.