Loss eminent as Nigerian Government refuses to sponsor 10-year-old Gymnast

Loss eminent as Nigerian Government refuses to sponsor 10-year-old Gymnast

Nigeria may lose out at international gymnastics contest as government and private firms turn blind eyes in the sponsorship of a talented 10-year-old gymnast.

The need to support local talents and the outstanding performance of Nigerians, especially gifted children in gymnastics has again become imperative, as we x-ray the notable and significant pride which young Stephanie Onusiriuka Ogechukwu has earned our dear nation.

Loss eminent as Nigerian Government refuses to sponsor 10-year-old Gymnast
Loss eminent as Nigerian Government refuses to sponsor 10-year-old Gymnast

As a kid-athlete, Stephanie has won various international competitions for Nigeria, especially with her recent nominations in Dubai, Seychelles and the United States of America for the Boston Meet Rythmic Gymnastics in April Described as a talent like no other from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the 10 years old Stephanie Onusiriuka Ogechukwu broke the record of winning the Simone Biles HandStand Challenge, haven finished within 18 Seconds, ahead of the host Simone Biles herself, who finished in 44 seconds.

Joining the career as a professional gymnast three years ago, the creative and smart athlete had earlier started Gymnastics on her own when she was two years old, with keen support and encouragement from her parents, grooming her by letting her watch videos of gymnastics on YouTube.

Stephanie has so many medals attached to her, with records of gold, including the South African Competition, the African Level System Gymnastics in Pretoria and won a bronze medal at the National Youth Games in Illorin.

A few months ago, she was interviewed by BBC News, NTA, Arise TV etc with regards to her feats, skills and motivations.

With anticipations to perform excellently and even secure tickets for international nominations to represent Nigeria across several countries, Stephanie and her management have called for the support of federal government and other local sponsors to ensure fruition in the dreams of the young Nigerian representative ahead of the most anticipated contest in Dubai and Seychelles in July this year.

The young talented athlete who has won many laurels for the country is expected to commence a training tour at the University of Pretoria, South Africa – Spring break.

Loss eminent as Nigerian Government refuses to sponsor 10-year-old Gymnast

A further reaction from the management team of Stephanie took an instance from the honour which Dr. Okonjo Iweala brought to Nigeria, as she became the first woman and the first African to be chosen as Director-General of World Trade Organization as well as other notable sports personalities.

This is another chance for Nigeria to write its name on gold at the global scene as the 10- year lad is set to make the country proud but only if she would have a better support and sponsor from individuals, organizations and especially the Federal Government. Stephanie is aiming for the Olympics.

Daily Times

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