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Local gymnasts set to get lift from Chinese coach

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Experienced Chinese gymnastic coach Zou Zhenqqiu is scheduled to arrive in the island this afternoon at the start of a 30-day visit.

Zhenqqiu's chief task is to help with the development of Jamaica's promising gymnasts, president of the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association, Nicole Grant-Brown, told The Gleaner on Monday.

"He will be visiting our gyms and designing programmes to help us to move forward," said Grant-Brown. "I think that this will definitely boost the sport of gymnastics, because we are a very young sport and our programmes are basically trial and error and so, as we go along, we are learning how to do things differently: and this new coach will

help us to take a step forward and help us to develop a consistent programme for the future."

She added that 16 gymnasts will be visiting China next summer as part of a three-year agreement between the Ministry of Sports and the government of China.

"China has been among the forerunners in gymnastics for many years, and they are very good at sports development in terms of how to develop a child right up to international standard," she said, while adding that plans are being put in place to send a Jamaican team to the 2024 Olympics.

Zhenqqiu, one of seven Chinese coaches due in the island this afternoon, has been involved in gymnastics training for 47 years. He has also coached in Bolivia and Saudi Arabia.