Lagos wins South West Gymnastics competition

Lagos wins South West Gymnastics competition

Hassan Abdulsalam 04:45 - 29.04.2023

The host dominated with 18 medals to win the championship.

Lagos emerged as the winner of the South West Gymnastics Competition with 18 medals.

The host city won with seven golds, five silver, and six bronze while second-placed side, Ondo walked away with six gold, five silver, and five bronze.

Ogun settled for third with two gold, three silver, and four bronze medals, while Oyo State won two gold, one silver, and one bronze.

Pulse Sports reports that the championship was held at the National Stadium in Lagos from April 25 to 27, 2023, and over 50 athletes have been listed.

Lagos wins South West Gymnastics competition

The three-day championships will feature gymnasts from five of the states that make up the region, including Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, and the hosts, Lagos State.

Olalere Foundation Dreams Big For Gymnastics

The board member of the Nigeria Gymnastic Federation, Omowunmi Olalere, has announced plans to use her annual South West Gymnastics competition to promote gymnastics across the nation.

Olalere added that she believed that young people are passionate about sports in the country.

Omowunmi Olalere
board member of the Nigeria Gymnastic Federation, Omowunmi Olalere

Olalere continued that they will source raw talents from the grassroots for the upcoming edition, and this will occur in many states.

Olalere said, “This event was organized to revive gymnastics in Nigeria and I believe we still have our young gymnasts who are passionate about the game. Having noticed this, I deem it fit to organise this championship among southwest states which includes Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and Ondo.

“We chose to host this event in Lagos because of the availability of equipment. The next edition will see us sourcing raw talents from grassroots level and this will hold in different states. We tend to hold another edition in September when the children are on holidays. Organising a tourney of this magnitude will help the game regain stability.

“We’ll also lecture them on the dos and dont’s of the game. We also tend to have two weeks camping session where we can interact together with the view of reviving the game. And aside this, we are looking to taking sports internationally. It saddens my heart that Nigeria gymnasts have not been to the olympics to showcase their talents to the world.

Omowunmi Olalere
Southwest Gymnastics Association Chairperson, Dr. Omowunmi Olalere

“So we are hoping that if we are consistent with this initiative, we’ll have participants who will hoist the Nigerian flag on global stage,” she stated.

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