Head coach of Nigeria Gymnastics Federation, Coach Anthony Asuquo has assured that the newly discovered young Gymnasts have the potentials to pick medals when next Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
Asuquo who spoke to Nigerian Pilot Sports on the sidelines of the just concluded African Junior Gymnastics Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa affirmed that already plans are on the way to ensure that the growing Athletes are groomed provided the parents would make them available for training.
While in South Africa, no fewer than three Gymnasts drawn from Nigerian Schools and tutored by Coach Asuquo won different categories of medals in Johannesburg.
Nine-year old Shehu Azeemah, 12-year old Gabrielle Osemota and 10-year old Daniella Osemota all grabbed gold and Bronze medals respectively.
A total of 17 Gymnasts made it to South Africa for the championship.
According to Coach Asuquo; “I’m happy we went to South Africa and took part in the Gymnastic Championship. And the young athletes represented the country well, thanks to their Parents that released them.
“Our participation in the competition has been of tremendous benefit ahead of any major championship in the future including the next Olympics.
“What is now needed is the corporation of all stakeholders especially the officials in the Ministry of Sports, the parents of these young Athletes. Because there is no how we will do well in an event such as Olympics without exposing them will amount to effort in futility.
“Already, we have a number of championships we intend to make sure they attend alongside their trainings. About 40 Gold medals are available in Gymnastics alone. So we done what is required, we will be able to get at least three.”


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