Gymnastics steadily gained popularity, becoming an incredibly competitive sport for both men and women. Competitors are tested in feats of agility, strength, flexibility and rhythm. The majority of gymnastics competitions today are regulated by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, or FIG for short. First created in 1881, FIG is thought to be a major contributing factor to the rise in popularity of the sport. It became so popular that a mere 15 years after the formation of FIG, gymnastics was included in the 1896 Olympics. Now, each country has its own governing branch of FIG with Japan, Russia, Soviet countries, and the United States leading the world in talented gymnasts.