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There is hope for gymnastics in Nigeria — Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is great hope for gymnastics in Nigeria, especially with people who are starting so very young. He said this…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is great hope for gymnastics in Nigeria, especially with people who are starting so very young.

He said this when the world-class gymnasts from TIG International Gymnastics Club, Abuja, a private sporting club visited him at the Presidential Villa.

Prof. Osinbajo, who spoke after the remarks by the athletes and a video presentation of their participation in the recent championship in South Africa, expressed delight at the conduct of the gymnasts, their coaches and parents, especially as he was only becoming aware of the abundance of talents in the sport in Nigeria.

He said Nigeria is now a country filled with incredible talents and opportunities, urging the coaches, athletes and their parents to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

The VP said, “I am greatly encouraged by what we are seeing, especially that so many of the kids are winning medals and doing well in gymnastics.

“There are many countries that are not in any way near Nigeria, but their citizens speak well of their country. So, it is very important, first of all, that you speak well of your country and that you represent your country well.

“Anywhere you have been, the fact that you are so good and you have performed so well and won medals, is evident that you are patriotic and you are truly Nigerian and you love your country and you want your country to do well,” he added.

The vice president commended the founder of the club for his efforts over the years, noting that areas of possible support from the government would be explored, especially in ensuring that more talents are nurtured to national and international prominence.

Earlier in his remarks, the founder of TIG International Gymnastics Club, Mr Asuquo, said the club founded 11 years ago, has trained 3,000 athletes, nurtured several gymnastics coaches and represented the country at international competitions.