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Radio New Zealand
September 25 2006

Camera registration at NZ Gymnastic Champs

Gymnastics New Zealand is asking people to register before using cameras at this week's National Championships.

The chief executive of the organisation Jack Ralston says the rule was introduced two years ago following a directive from the Federation of International Gymnastics in order to keep young competitors safe.

Some have labelled the rule as over-cautious.

But Mr Ralston says there have been no complaints from any parents, as most agree that it is important to ensure the children are not exploited by inappropriate photography.

More than 700 gymnasts are competing in the championships in Christchurch from Wednesday