The Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has urged young gymnasts to be disciplined, if they desire to have a successful career in the game and grow in life.
The sports minister made this known at the medal presentation ceremony at the 8th Edition TIG International level system Gymnastics competition organised in collaboration with the sports ministry at the Package B, Abuja National Stadium.
Dalung was represented by Mrs Tayo Oreweme the Director of Federation of Elites Athletes Department at the Sports Ministry hailed the effort of TIG towards developing gymnastics in the country
“The bedrock for any sports development is grassroots and club participation, because if these two things are not in place, there will be no elite athletes to give us good reputation at the world stage.
“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.”
The organizers of the competition and TIG’s head coach Anthony Asuquo stated that 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.