Nigeria Powerlifting Federation Partners FG To Engage Youths
By Okayinka Elebute
Nigeria Powerlifting Federation has revealed that it is set to partner ministry of youth and sports and all stakeholders in sports development through constant competitions to engage Nigerian youths.
Speaking in a press conference in Abuja, the President of the federation and US-based Nigerian Professional International Powerlifter, Erepadei Sunday a.k.a Sunny Power, said that, through constant events in powerlifting, many young people will be engaged.
The initiative believed if achieved, will reduce youth unrest in the country.
He lamented that awareness of the sport was low in Nigeria despite its international acceptance, saying that, effort will not be spared to create more awareness about the game in the country and beyond.
According to him, “my mission is to partner with ministry of youth and sports, multinational companies based in Nigeria, other government institutions and stakeholders in sports development through our event of constant competition to engage our youths through strength and power sports.
“I will be working with the federal government through sport ministry; I will also be working with all 36 States of the federations through their commissioners and director of sports.
“Another mission is to see how powerlifting and strongest man sport will be included in National Sports Festival, NSF in the country.
“In furtherance to have constant powerlifting state competition, region and annual open powerlifting championship, constant media talk about strength, catch them young, talent hunting, and cash award will be put in place.
He added that: “Annual coaching seminar will be organized for coaches to improve their techniques.
“With my international exposure and experience, I am going to bring international investors into the country to support and sponsor powerlifting events.
“Sunny power sport academy is a great opportunity to develop youths in their chosen sports, ready to train, develop, and sponsor anyone to fulfill his dream.”
He however, appealed to the government at all levels to support the power sport which has given him and many Nigerians international exposure and a career.
The award-winning power lifter, Sunny fondly called, during his career, won silver medal at the Raw Powerlifting Federation New Mexico State Championship in 2014; Silver medal winner of Raw Powerlifting Federation, North Carolina State Championship in 2015, Gold Medal 2016 at raw powerlifting federation eastern USA Open Single Lift Championship, and many other awards.