In preparation for the Second All-Africa Games to be held in Lagos next month, a contingent of 1,700 gymnasts are at present undergoing intensive training at Kaduna Race Course.
GV Race-course entrance gate
CU Sign-board 'Second All-Africa Games Central Camp'
GTV & SV German coach talking to gymnasts (2 shots)
SV Gymnasts warming-up (3 shots)
SV German coach
GV Gymnasts drilling (2 shots)
GV Gymnasts exercising
SV & GV German coach instructing gymnasts (2 shots)
RACE-COURSE ENTRANCE; SIGN-BOARD 'SECOND ALL-AFRICA GAMES CENTRAL CAMP' GERMAN COACH TALKING TO GYMNASTS; SPECTATORS; GYMNASTS DRILLING AND EXERCISING.
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Background: In preparation for the Second All-Africa Games to be held in Lagos next month, a contingent of 1,700 gymnasts are at present undergoing intensive training at Kaduna Race Course.
The gymnasts, drawn mainly from the armed services, police-force and prison staff, are training for the mass ceremonial display of gymnastics which will open the Games.
A squad of East German gymnastic instructors are helping to train the contingent, which includes 1500 men and 200 women. Also assisting - 120 other instructors.
SYNOPSIS: The Kaduna Race-Course in North Central State, Nigeria, where since October seventeen, nearly two thousand gymnasts have been undergoing intensive training. Here they receive instructions from an East German coach, one of a group who have been especially flown in from Lagos.
The gymnasts are training for a mass ceremonial display, which will open the Second All-Africa Games next month. They will be among the first athletes to enter the impressive new National Sports Stadium in Lagos... and their performance is expected to set the standard of quality for the events that follow them. They have been drawn from all over nigeria, especially from the Nigerian Armed Services, the police-force, and prison staff.
The gymnastic contingent is also being trained by one hundred and twenty Nigerian instructors, but much of the planning has been carried out by the coaches form East Germany. It was they who came to Nigeria last July, to carry out a feasibility study for the training programme. They first went to the Physical Training School at Zaria, and saw displays by men of the Physical Training Corps. Impressed by their performance, the East Germans draw many of the gymnasts and instructors from the School. Now, having lived and worked together for over two months, the gymnasts act and think as a single team.