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Nigerian Gymnasts Leaves Continental Championship Due To Lack Of Money

In a country where politicians in office have refused to reduce their fat allowances?

The Nigerian team have been forced to cut short their participation at the All-Stars Gymnastics tournament in Pretoria, South Africa, after running out of funds. 

The Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria sent 8 women and 4 men gymnasts to the competition.

According to NAN, Tony Asuquo, coach of the team, told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday that they decided to return home from South Africa on Tuesday because of money.

“We travelled with 13 gymnasts for the event and we participated in the games from August 2 to 6 and won two gold and nine bronze. We would have stayed for another event but couldn’t due to insufficient funds. Money used was provided by parents of the gymnasts and sponsors...

"We went to represent Nigeria and not our families.We have been winning medals and breaking records and are yet to be invited for recognition.“

"At least scholarships should be awarded to the children and this will go a long way to encourage their parents to send them out to the gym for training."