The President of the Nigeria Gymnastics Federation (NGF), Kelvin Erhunwmunse, said he’s satisfied with the organization of the 2019 National Open Championship.
He said was also impress with the foreign-based athlete who came to Nigeria to fight for the opportunity to represent the country in Morocco during the 2019 African Games in August.
“Uche Eke from the U.S. came to meet his gymnast teammates at this competition. He will be camping in the U.S. with other diaspora gymnasts ahead of the African Games,’’ the federation president said.
He added that the federation was not relenting in the mission to transform “the most attractive and addictive game’’ not only to youngsters but to the entire citizens of Nigeria both at home and abroad.
Erhunwmunse concluded that the championship was a step towards ranking athletes for ease of reference and selection for continental and international representation.
“I expected the athletes to compete with sincerity of heart and with a true spirit of sportsmanship, respecting the ethics governing our game.
“The coaches too were expected to bear in mind that the performance of their athletes is a reflection of their commendable effort which should not be dented by any sort of mischief or misconduct.
“It does not matter if they were leaving this championship with a prize or not.
“To me, every gymnast is a winner because if not today, there are more chances in the near future where they can emerge winners,” he said.