Over 60 powerlifters have begun camping for the 2019 International Para Powerlifting Championships in Lagos.
National coach Feyisetan Are told our correspondent that the lifters would be in camp for three weeks for the competition, which holds from January 24 to 31.
Are said his assistants Patience Igbiti, Oluwakemi Gbadebo and seven others train the lifters daily at the National Stadium, Lagos, to ensure that Nigeria win as many medals as possible.
He added that most of the lifters were selected based on their performances at the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja. He said some new junior and senior athletes discovered during the festival were invited to the national camp in order to have replacements for ageing lifters.
“We have more than 60 powerlifters in camp preparing for the competition. We have a target to host and win but this is also an opportunity for many of our junior lifters, who don’t have the opportunity to travel outside the country, to be exposed to competition at the highest level,” he said.
“There are more than 40 senior lifters and 20 junior lifters in camp as we work hard to ensure we host and win successfully. Because of our level in the world, Nigeria will be able to win the highest number of medals and we believe the championships will help us have more standard powerlifting equipment and facilities.” He added.