By Amaechi Agbo
The Federal Government and former Minister of youth and sports, Solomon Dalung have expressed shock and sadness over the sudden death of Ndidi Nwosu, a powerlifter who represented Nigeria excellently at different international competitions
While expressing his deepest condolences and sympathy with the Family of the late iconic powerlifter, speaking on behalf of the federal government, Sports minister, Mr Sunday Dare, recalled and extolled the podium performances of Ndidi Nwosu, which etched and ranked the name of her fatherland- Nigeria- amongst the countries parading great Para powerlifters on the international scene. Most prominent amongst this was as a Gold Medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Nigeria, the Minister stated, will forever remember her as a patriot, committed to the cause of advancing her fatherland in the annals of Para Power lifting competitions globally.
On his part, the immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has commiserated with the Nigeria Paralympic Federation over the death of World record holder and Paralympic gold medalist Ndidi Nwosu.
Nwosu who also won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia died March 1, 2020 after a protracted illness.
According to the former Powerlifting Federation President Ms Queen Uboh, Ndidi died following complications arising from a spinal cord injury which she sustained at the last Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Dalung expressed sadness over the death the sudden demise of the powerlifter.
“I wish to express my deepest sympathy on the death of a shining star, powerlifting gold medalist and world record holder Ndidi Nwosu .
“I also sympathize with the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation, sports loving Nigerians and her immediate family members on the death of one of Nigeria’s best powerlifters .
“She was a young woman who put in her best while representing her fatherland in sports. Ndidi Nwosu was one of those hard working powerlifters who put Nigeria’s name on the world map at the last Paralympic Games in Rio, the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the World Cup in Mexico.
“We pray God to grant the family and especially the young children she left behind, the strength to bear the loss”, Dalung said.
The late Ndidi Nwosu is survived by her husband Ikechukwu Nwosu and two children. She was aged 43.