By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung has urged young gymnasts to be disciplined if they desire to have a successful career in the game.
The sports minister made this known at the medal presentation ceremony at TIG 8th Edition TIG International level system Gymnastics Championship competition at the Package B, Abuja National Stadium in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Dalung who was represented by the Director of Federation of Elite Athletes Department at the Ministry, Mrs Tayo Oreweme lauded the effort of TIG towards developing Gymnastics in the country
“The bedrock for any sports development is grassroots and club participation, because if this two things are not in place they will be no elite athletes which can give us good reputation at the world stage” she opined
“TIG has been winning medals for the country with children at age 15, if we have this same club in the 36 states of the federation, Nigeria will be a force to reckon with in gymnastics.”
She also charged the gymnast to be disciplined and mindful of the kinds of thing they eat and drink adding that their future lays on the sacrifice they make today.
The organizers of the competition and Head Coach of the group, Anthony Asuquo says starting the group wasn’t easy as he struggled through thick and thin to establish the program for years before collaborations and sponsorship came his way.
“TIG comprises of young Boys and Girls of Talent in Nigeria capable to prove to the Government and people of Nigeria that we can actually do something on our own.”
“We want to purify the minds of youths that we can live above laziness and be very successful. When we started there was no sponsors and collaborations but in this 8th edition, you can see them all and in full support,” he said.
“The 8th edition is a success because we recorded over 300 gymnasts this year, it a good one for us to continue the development of gymnastics in Nigeria.
“We started with children from aged 2 years to the junior Olympic level where the gymnasts can compete at the world level.
“What we are aiming at is to train gymnasts who can bring home gold medals for Nigeria at the world stage” he concluded.