Enugu – The Power Lifting Federation of Nigeria has said that five of its personnel are to be trained in international refereeing methods in Dubai.
The federation’s Technical Director Sam Ekeoma in Enugu on Wednesday over the telephone said that the training would be organised by the International Powerlifting Committee (IPC).
He said the training would be bank rolled by the National Sports Commission (NSC) in the buildup to the Dubai Power Lifting World Championship.
“The five technical officials will depart Nigeria on March 29 for the course which will run from April 1 to April 4.
“They will be trained by the IPC on modern power lifting skills, which will enhance our performance and rating on the world stage,” he said.
He stressed that though the training would end a day before the commencement of the championship, there was no guarantee that any of the officials would officiate during the event.
“The IPC rule states that referees will not be drawn from countries that are parading athletes in any given championship for equity and fairness,” he said.
Ekeoma also said the training became necessary because power lifting was the major para-sport that had won many medals for Nigeria at the international scene.
“Our athletes for the Dubai championship are doing very well in camp. We have 13 of them at the moment. Two were eliminated for medical reasons.
“The expectations are high and we trust that they will do us proud in Dubai,” he said.
He added that the NSC had provided everything they needed for the ongoing camping.
The director said the Commissioner of Sport in Oyo State, Umar Farouk, also visited the camp and promised to make life comfortable for the athletes by providing the necessary logistics.
Ekeoma said the camp which opened on March 12 would close on April 1 and that the athletes would depart for Dubai on April 2.
The Dubai championship, which commences on April 5, will also serve as qualifying series for the Brazil 2016 Paralympics Games. (NAN)