Tokyo 2020: Uche Eke Is The Best Thing To Happen To Nigeria Gymnastics -Tony Asuquo
By Tolulope Oguntimhein
Former technical representative on board of Gymnastics Federationof Nigeria, GFN, Mr Anthony Asuquo has described the participation of Uche Eke in the 2020 Olympics as the best thing to have happened to gymnastics in Nigeria
Tony Asuquo who also double as president of foremost gymnastics club in Nigeria, Tony International Gymnastics club,TIG while speaking to some journalists in Abuja with few days to the kick-off of one of the biggest sporting event in the world, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, said the ricocheting effects of Uche’s participation on the growth of the game can not be quatified.
‘We are talking about Nigeria having an athlete not just an athlete but a gymnast representing Nigeria at the Olympics with all these kids glue to their TV. There is no better way to grow and to make them develop interest in the game than having a Nigerian athlete participating at the Games.
He went further by saying ‘Nigeria Olympic Committee President Engr Habu Gumel was the one who introduced Uche Eke to me when he came to Nigeria with his father and they were looking for a place to train and he later travelled with our team to South Africa where he won gold and later represented Nigeria at the African Games and also won another Gold and a bronze medal’
On his chances of winning medal at the Games, he said ‘he has a good chance,from some of the videos he sent to me of his training program in USA. He is on 15 point grading and if he can attain 16 point then he has a good chance of winning a medal but you must forget that Olympics is no mean feat and a lot preparation goes into it, which also includes his diet which is very important at this stage,’ he said.