…As children appeal to Buhari to replace obsolete equipments
Having done Nigeria proud at the just concluded 2019 edition of African Gymnastics Championship in South Africa, the victorious TIG gymnastic club of Abuja arrived Abuja on Sunday.
The 18 Gymnasts who competed at level 4 to the Olympic levels, won a total of 8 medals which comprised 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 four bronze.
It was a triumphant entry for the team as parents, guardian and all well meaning Nigerians besieged Namidi Azikwe International Airports to cheer the team on their Arrival.
Among those who received the team was former House of Representatives member, from Edo State Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonayonma and a popular music producer Popularly known as Makoyor Emeka Onusiriuka and the father of Stephanie who won gold medal at the event.
Speaking, was the leader of the delegation, coach Anthony Asuquo expressed gratitude to God and all Nigerians for their prayers and support toward the succes of the programme.
According to him, this is the first time we are not coming out with a negative story from South Africa, we have gone there to do our country proud, I am overwhelmed with the crowd here.
“We went to south Africa with 18 children to represent Nigeria in the Africa Gymnastic Club Championship, a competition for the athletes from level 4 to the Olympics level.
“So, what we are trying to do in Africa is for us to be able to get an African gymnasts to represent Africa at Olympic and today we have Nigerian young athletes with gold, silver and bronze medals.
“We able to go there and compete, it wasn’t an easy task because we left Nigeria very late, we couldn’t get our visa on time after we struggled to secure visa, we couldn’t get direct flight, we have to go to Lagos for us to make the trip.
“I Want to say thank you to the parents, because the government hasn’t done anything for the children as you can see, these are children that have made Nigeria proud what do you have to do for them?
Why I called on the President is that with all the campaign they made, nobody has ever made a promise for the children and these kids are just young, what does government have for them because, if parents are not supporting them, nobody will discover these talents, what is Government is doing? We know President listen to Nigerians’ demand so the children have spoken, he should listen to them.”
Meanwhile, the elated medalists urged the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their rescue by building modern gymnastic hall and equipments to enable the children train well in anticipation to win more medals for the country.
A gold medallist, Stephanie Onusiriuka said: “I want Nigeria to grow more and I want President Muhammad Buhari to build a modern gymnastic center and new equipment for children to enjoy because the ones that we have is injuring us.” She appealed.
As for Akachi Umeh who won Silver medal expressed: “I feel very proud of myself right now.
“Well, I would want the President to buy a new equipment because some of our equipment are very old. I hope to do better by listening to my coach and improve more in my skills, I know that one day I will represent Nigeria at Olympic level.”
On his own, Elliot Asuquo whose level was taken before they arrived South Africa said “I want to compete to win a gold medal for Nigeria.”