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Published On: Tue, Nov 25th, 2014

Rio Olympics: Powerlifting set for championship build-up

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Organisers of the 4th edition of the National powerlifting trials tagged “All Nigeria Powerlifting championship” coming up between the 11th to 13th of December, inside the Gymnasium of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos have revealed their readiness to stage a world class event in their quest to reposition the sport in Nigeria.

The Powerlifting Federation of Nigeria speaking through its Secretary General, Ismaila Ademola Aderoju, said the competition was important since the sport has gained international recognition.

“First and foremost, in the last Olympics, Powerlifting attained Olympics games status, meaning that every powerlifting federation that are members of International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) are eligible to compete at the games and so, we are using this avenue to pick athletes to represent Nigeria at Rio 2016”

Speaking further, he lamented the postponement of the National Sports Festival but was quick to add that the postponement was a blessing in disguise as it will allow the powerlifting federation have more time to groom their athletes well before the NSF where powerlifting will be included as an exhibition sport and they are poised to convince the National Sports Commission regarding the inclusion of powerlifting.

Aderoju revealed that 2015 will be a busy year for the federation as the World Championship will be hosted in the United States of America which calls for serious preparation.

He expressed optimism that this year’s edition will be bigger and better if the past three editions’ statistics are anything to go by.

“The first one, we had about nine states, the second increased to about 15 while the third edition involved about 19 states and for this year’s edition, we are expecting about 26 states, clubs and individuals to come challenge for honours.

“We have 15 categories in powerlifting, eight in the male category and seven in the female category, so we are expecting close to 200 athletes to come and participate in the three-day event.”

He concluded that participating athletes should not expect any form of financial remuneration in accordance with global practices for trials.

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