By Sunny Canto
Incredible performance from team Nigeria gymnast, who carts away with 23 medals at Gymstar International Championship held in Malta, Europe.
Coach Anthony Asuquo tutored International Gymnastics Academy, also known as (TIG), did marvelously well by winning total number of 8 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals aftermath competing with over 200 athletes from 15 countries including USA, South Africa, United Kingdom, Cyprius, Malta, Belgium among others.
However, the contingents successfully arrived Abuja, Nnamdi Azikwe Airport via Ethopia Airline on Wednesday afternoon with friends and well-wishers giving them a warm reception.
Astonishingly, this athletes who trained seriously for seven to eight hours daily, couldn't get the government support as their parents funded their trip and expenses abroad.
Regardless, they still emerged in flying colors as Chenille Okpanku, 8 years old stunned the world by finishing 3rd overall podium, also won 1 gold, 4 silver while her elder sister: Francisca Okpanku bagged 2 gold and 2 silver.
Interestingly, the Okafor siblings also shocked the global event as Mmesoma won 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze while Chimanda recorded 2 silver and 2 bronze.
Marinoni Franscica, a gymnast prodigy showcased her prowess and brilliant skills thereby thrilling the crowd to indelible, euphoria moment with her stunts and style; also won 1 gold for herself.
Award winning and highly skilled, successful Coach: Tony Asuquo, spent hours everyday at the Abuja, MKO Abiola Stadium, Package B, Gymnastics gym to enable the lads achieve their career goal.
Impressive and commendable efforts from the team Nigeria parents that traveled with their children, despite the current increase of Dollar to Naria, need to be compensated by the government for more development in Sports.
Conclusively, sport they say is a lucrative business and profession in the 21st century, so therefore athletes, coaches, referee's, statisticians must be fully encourage to fly the country flag like an Eagle.