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Nigeria to host workshop on African rope skipping

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The Nigeria Rope Skipping Federation (NRSF), an apex body of jump rope/rope skipping sport in Nigeria, is set to host African nations in a training workshop organized in an effort to showcase spectacular talents, skills among youths in African nations who are new entrants.

The workshop will among other things, introduce new tricks and styles to other rated nations who have been skipping for long.

A statement by the federation’s Secretary General, Mr. Olusesan Olukoya stated that former world champion and coach Laila Little, the President/founder of the International Double Dutch League (IDDL), will lead a team of six other world rated trainers and coaches to Nigeria from Newark, New Jersey, USA, to train coaches and athletes during the workshop.

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President of the Africa Jump Rope Federation, Innocent Nyangori, who is also the Chairman, Jump Rope Association of Kenya, and a South African, Keo Mokolopo, who is the Vice President of the Africa Jump Rope Federation and Project Coordinator at the South African Gymnastic Federation would be representing the World Jump Rope Federation (WJRF), and at the same time serves as co-trainer at the intercontinental workshop.

“We are indeed ready to host African nation’s officials and its athletes as well as international coaches and trainers from the United Kingdom and the United States for the timely workshop,” the statement said.

Olukoya stated that Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Benin and Togo have already indicated interest to attend the workshop, adding that its plans are still on to bring in other West African nations to participate in the workshop.

He said guest from Kenya, Uganda and South-Sudan would also be part of the workshop adding that Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa will be well represented.

“Apart from the foreign guests coming from around, 1,000 school kids/students, as well as over 200 teachers from across Nigeria will participate in the workshop. Though it will hold during the Easter holiday, our guests, both home and foreign associates are eager to participate in the program.”

According to Olukoya, some of the significant objectives of the workshop is developing talents of African youths, essentially to help facilitates youngsters with the aim of nurturing them towards self reliance, enhancing physical fitness, good personal growth and development and also take the youths off the streets.

Meanwhile, NRSF has congratulated Senator Oluremi Tinubu on her re-election in the Lagos Central Senatorial District, as well as Hon. Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo, who was elected as Lagos East Senatorial candidate. Olukoye described them as motivators and role models to the young generation.


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