The Director of Federations, Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Tayo Oreweme, has asked athletes of the federation to be very disciplined in their quest for global glory.
Speaking at the 8th edition of Tony International Gymnastics (TIG) championship in Abuja on Saturday, where she represented the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, Oreweme charged the athletes to be very hardworking and focus on their dreams, however they must only do this the right way if they want to succeed.
She also went ahead to laud the efforts of the founder of TIG, Tony Asuquo, for the initiative that has helped identify and develop quite a number of elite athletes in the country.
“Any sport that does not have a good bedrock will not excel, if you do not have a good grassroots development and club like this, you cannot have a good set of elites athletes. If clubs like TIG is in 36 states of the federations, 36 wonders will happen to our sports.”
The director also called on the support of other coaches to foster the development of athletes in the country.
Asuquo said he has been impressed with the turnout of young gymnasts in this year’s event — over 300 gymnasts from Lagos, Abuja and the neighboring states participated in the event.
“This year’s gymnastics competition is a huge success as we are now looking forward to the All Africa Games and other competitions on our calendar. We only not crave to go out and bring back medals from the continental game, we also strive to be good ambassador of the country anytime we are out of our shore.”
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