Tony Asuquo has become the first Nigerian gymnastics coach to get the certification of world gymnastics body- Federation International Gymnastics (FIG).
Asuquo, who hails from Cross River State, began his gymnastics training in Lagos at the age of 7, going on to represent Nigeria in 2007 at the Prime International Gymnastics competition in Singapore where the country won six bronze medals and a trophy, taking third among 17 clubs and countries.
The proprietor of Tony International Gymnastics, who was the only Nigerian at the coaching course which took place in Benin Republic last December, beat the pass mark to come out top with 72% mark.
Asuquo said: “It was hard work and the grace of God that earned me success at the coaching course which now make me one of the listed 327 certified aerobic gymnastic coach world over.”
Speaking on the impact of the certification on gymnastics in Nigeria, Asuquo said “It is going to be a big plus for Nigeria in the gymnastic world. This is because Nigeria’s name is now being mentioned as one of the countries with a top gymnastic coach.”
The gymnastics coach has complained that the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria has not given him any responsibility regarding the coaching of athletes for international championships.