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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Team Nigeria forced out of Continental Championship Because Of Lack Of Funds

The Coach of the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria (GFN), Tony Asuquo, said Team Nigeria was forced to cut short their participation at the continental championship in South Africa due to lack of funds.

Asuquo, who is also a board member of GFN, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja following the team’s return from the All Stars Gymnastics tournament on Tuesday.

The coach, who travelled with the team said they had limited funds and had to return to the country.

“We travelled with 13 gymnasts for the event and we participated in the games from Aug.2 to Aug.6 and won two gold and nine bronze medals.

“We would have stayed for another event but couldn’t due to insufficient funds. Money used was provided by parents of the gymnasts and sponsors,” he said.

The coach called on the Federal Government to also recognise gymnasts who performed well in international events .

“The FG should support and recognise these gymnasts and not just footballers all the time. We went to represent Nigeria and not our families.

“We have been winning medals and breaking records and are yet to be invited for recognition.

Edited from The Nation


  1. Once upon a time, there was a country called Nigeria.....

  2. Chai!!!, what a shame!
    How will we have funds to support our gymnasts when Diezani and co have stolen everything and they are buying cars for our senators...shame on Nigeria

  3. So... my 14 year old cousin loves her gymnastics. Doing soooo well for her state - in the US. Her dream is to go for the Olympics and win
    Gold medals for America - with a Nigerian first name AND surname. How won't she? See that nonsense up there ☝*hiss* to think I'd been bugging the poor child to represent Nigeria like that other Chierika babe. #oshisco Anyway, when she collects her medals I'd be blasting my surname everywhere for a few months πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ thats if chike hasn't put a πŸ’ on it by then.
    Let me come and be going πŸ‘‹

    And the thing about gymnastics is that gymnasts are trained from a younger age cos they are more flexible and valuable to coaches in their prime. Like most sports, it has a time window esp for focus and clarity of mind. Biko, if Nigeria isn't giving them props they should decide on how to pick up their career. Just like all our potential boxers are in the bus parks blowing themsleves bloody and using indian hemp to curb raving adrenaline

  4. This not right, different government and their sport Ministers r keep making the same mistake of neglecting other sport and we want to be celebrated at the Olympics and other sporting competition.

  5. MonkeyNoFineTheTafiaMama10 August 2017 at 12:51

    And millions of people still believe in this country? What a shameπŸ˜ͺ

  6. Didn't I read that the House of Representatives wanted to spend some billions to purchase vehicles for each member even in crisis times like this?
    The Nigerian story has more drama than any Telenovela.


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