By Solomon Nwoke
THE Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) has started preparations that will see it poach gold medals at the forthcoming All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in September by calling to camp 30 weight lifters and announcing the appointment of coach Andrew Ekanem as the National coach of the federation.
President of the federation, Prince Chibudom Nwuche speaking through his Media Officer, George Aluo after their three days national open trials held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State expressed confidence in the crop of lifters selected for camping.
He boasted that weightlifting which has won medals for the country at continental and international games would certainly make the nation proud when the Games begin in September.
“Weightlifting has always lived up to its billing whenever it matters most at international Games. To ensure we maintain that tradition, we have selected the best lifters for camping ahead of the Games and with these crop of lifters, I have no doubt we shall do the country proud at the Games coming up in the next two months
“The lifters were selected based on merit after the trials. We mean business, hence we have started two months ahead of the Games. We have given the lifters the code of conduct to ensure that no lifter messes around while in camp and any lifter who breaches the code of conduct will automatically be thrown out of the camp.
We are going to follow the exercise strictly as the federation board has appointed a monitoring group to ensure strict adherence”, he said.
Other coaches that would work with Ekanem to guide the 14 female and 16 male lifters in camp beginning today at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja include Akin Ojo, Kehinde Oyadabo and Helen Idahosa.
The federation also commended the leadership of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Alhassan Yakmut, saying he has shown that he is not only for football.