The Minister of Youths and Sports activities, Mr Solomon Dalung, has attributed Nigeria’s poor performances in sports activities to ageing skilled athletes.
Dalung stated this on Tuesday in Abuja whereas receiving Nigeria gymnasts that participated on the 2017 Regional African Gymnastics Championship in South Africa.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) studies that the 11 gymnasts contains a boy and 10 women, notably a five-year previous.
Staff Nigeria received two gold medals and 9 bronze at ranges Four-9 of the championship.
Dalung thanked Coach Anthony Asuquo for his willpower in grassroots sports activities improvement.
“I thank the coach for his willpower in grassroots sports activities improvement. I uncover that we’ve got depleted the profile of our nationwide athletes.
“This has led us to recycle our skilled athletes which has resulted to our poor podium performances.
“Once I got here on board, I got here up with a coverage of huge grassroots sports activities improvement. I’ve not pretended over this, it is going to stay the main focus and coverage within the ministry.
“We should encourage younger athletes; we should uncover younger athletes, develop them in order that they will realise their potential.
“I believe the gymnastic federation, with others, have keyed into this coverage.
“We should virtually display this, and in demonstrating this, we should get youthful folks concerned and far youthful ages must be attracted into sports activities.
“They need to be inspired and supported in order that they will develop,’’ he stated.
Dalung, who was very impressed with the efficiency of the five-year previous gymnast, Lara Anot who received her first bronze medal, stated extra youthful gymnasts must be skilled.
“If we are able to get extra five-year previous gymnasts to win medals for the nation, within the subsequent 5 years, Nigeria can have athletes that can dominate the gymnastics area for the following 10 to 15 years earlier than retiring.
“Due to this fact, I congratulate our nice gymnasts for making us proud,’’ he stated.
Dalung directed the appearing everlasting secretary of the ministry to make sure that the monetary help because of the crew was launched.
Earlier, Asuquo thanked the Minister and the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) Habu Gumel, for his or her assist for the championship.He expressed happiness over the outcomes recorded to date within the sport.
Based on him, “we competed with over 500 gymnasts and received two gold and 9 bronze medals.
“We skilled tirelessly for this championship, a mean of 4 hours a day in Nigeria.“I promised the minister that I’ll do my greatest to make sure that gymnastics is well-known in Nigeria and I thank God for this achievement.
“ I additionally thank the NOC president for supporting the crew with flight tickets for the championship’’.Asuquo thanked mother and father who assisted the crew and promised to place in his greatest to get the gymnasts prepared for the nation.