The Nigerian team were forced to cut short their participation at the African All-Stars Gymnastics tournament in Pretoria in South Africa after running out of funds. The Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria sent eight women and four men gymnasts to the competition. .
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria, the Head Coach of the team Tony Asuquo, told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday that they decided to return home from South Africa on Tuesday because of money.
“We travelled with 13 gymnasts for the event and we participated in the games from August 2 to 6 and won two gold and nine bronze. 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.”
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.“
At least scholarships should be awarded to the children and this will go a long way to encourage their parents to send them out to the gym for trainings.”
All efforts made as at Press time by Sport Intelligence to get a call across to the Minister of Sports to of Nigeria and get his position on this issue proved abortive, as the Sports Minister’s phone numbers were switched-off.