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Gymnastics eyes youth development

21 August 2014, 12:56

Lagos - The Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria is determined to turn the sport's fortunes around by getting more and more youngsters involved.

Rita Akande, the secretary general of the federation, believes it is important to get athletes younger than 15 years old on board as gymnasts usually reach their peak before they are out of their teenage years.

"Our target is mainly the children. Gymnastics is a sport that is best done when you are still very young and flexible hence we are committed to raising a crop of new young gymnasts who are not above the age of 15," Akande told punchng.com.

Gymnastics usually take a back seat to sports like football and basketball, but Gymnastics Federation President Folusho Adefemi feels it is important to invest more money.

"More attention has been paid to football at the expense of other sports. We are left to fend for ourselves as the funds just trickle in," he said.

"The only way we can realise our goals and objectives is through adequate funding or through sponsorship of our programmes by the corporate bodies."

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