Para-powerlifting federation seeks corporate support
The Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation (NPPF), on Thursday appealed to corporate bodies to support athletes preparing for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, holding from July 23 to Aug. 4 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The federation’s technical director, Ekeoma Samuel, made the appeal in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that such support would go a long way to encourage athletes and also sharpen their competitiveness in the buildup to the Games.
“We need the support of the private sector and well-meaning Nigerians to identify with our athletes through their support.
“Their support is very vital at the stage of preparation for the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
Ekeoma added that 15 athletes had been invited for the last phase of camping in Ibadan, Oyo State, to hone their skills ahead of the Games.
According to the director, the country’s outstanding performance at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, which held in April in Dubai, also served as a platform of preparations for the Games.
NAN reports that the country won five gold, one silver and a bronze medals, to top the medals table at the championships.
“Presently, 15 of our athletes are in the last phase of camping, ahead of the Games, and it is expected to last for a month,” Ekeoma said.
He, however, assured that the country would strive to retain its medals in the powerlifting events at the Games.
“I’m so confident we will win all the available medals in the powerlifting events in Glasgow, and it will be a repeat of what we did at the 2010 Games in New Delhi, where we won all the medals in powerlifting.”
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