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According to him, the federation opted to the host the African champions in a bid to expose talents, identify those for grooming from the ongoing event, ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, to be hosted in Glasgow, Scotland. He said the ongoing National Junior and senior Weightlifting championships would offer an avenue to identify fresh talents. He said the new board, headed by its President, Chibudom Nwuche, had provided necessary facilities to ensure that the talent-hunt was efficient and effective. “This is our first major event since the board was inaugurated in May.

We are happy at the large turnout of states, considering the short notice given to them. “There are not less than 25 states in attendance at the competition,” Aluo said. “We believe that we will discover new talents that can be groomed to do the country proud at the international level. Aluo said that the most interesting thing about the competition was the presence of the two, 5-year-old children from Cross River, for the ‘demonstration event’, during the opening ceremonies. “If we can catch them young at that level, then the sky will be the limit.” Aluo said that weightlifting, as a sport, was dear to Nigerians because it would afford the country the opportunity of wining many medals. “At the last Commonwealth Games in India, weightlifting gave the country four gold medals. He, then, appealed to corporate organisations and public-spirited Nigerians to rally to the support of the NWF.


According to him, the ongoing event is being sponsored by the federation’s president, Nwuche, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.George Aluo, Chairman, Media Committee of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), on Wednesday said it would need not less than N175 million to bankroll the upcoming African Youth Weightlifting Championships. The African Championships have been fixed to run from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16 in Abuja. Aluo said in Uyo on the sidelines of the ongoing National Youth Weightlifting Championships, which started on July 30, to end on Aug. 3 in Uyo.