HEAD COACH of Nigeria Gymnastics Federation, Anthony Asuquo has stated his intention to continually churn out quality Gymnasts that would subsequently do Nigeria proud especially in any international tournament. Coach Asuquo who spoke exclusively to Nigerian Pilot Sports in Abuja on his expectations regarding the growth of Nigeria Sports particularly Gymnastics recalled that his team was impressive in the outgone year but that will not make him to rest even as they prepare for tough competitions ahead. One of the early international tournaments already lined up for his Athletes will take place in Conakry, Canada. According to Coach Asuquo who was first Nigerian to be certified by International Gymnastics body, “We have been working tirelessly all alone to get Athletes that will represent Nigeria at the forthcoming University Centre International Championship in Canada. “This championship has produced many champions all over the world. We have gotten the invitation and working towards it. The only way to prepare our athletes for tougher international competition is to expose to championships that will make them gain experience. “Let there be a step by step or record gradually to the top. New rules keep coming out every day as long as gymnastics is concerned. Nigeria is now making headway in gymnastics both in Africa and beyond. At the African games, we got medal in gymnastic. Our athletes equally got medals in other internal competitions last year. And so, we need to build on it moving forward. “And the only way to get us going is for relevant authorities to support us so that the motivation will be there. All these programmes take a lot of money and all other resources.” Weeks before Christmas, Coach Asuquo put together an international recognized championship in Abuja where many Gymnasts within and outside Nigeria took part. Also in 2016, he was recognized as the distinguished Coach of the year by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria in the Nations capital.

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