Nigeria Weightlifters Intensify Training Ahead Of Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Nigeria Weightlifters Intensify Training Ahead Of Birmingham Commonwealth Games

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By Amaechi Agbo

Determined not to give room for errors and complacency, Nigeria weightlifters have continued to intensity trainings and preparations ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games scheduled to hold in Bermingham, England, next month.

The Nine Nigeria weightlifters made up of 7 female and 2 male whose qualifications were confirmed by the International Weightlifting Federation, IWF in March, have been in camp since April 19, perfecting strategies.

The three months camping have been intense with the coaches including the Technical Director of the federation, Mr Christopher Nwadeih as well as Coach Blessing Itodo

Mr Nwadeih informed the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF media that the early camping is critical for effective performance of the athletes.

The weightlifters will compete in various male and female categories with Adịjat Adenike Olarinoye going for gold in 55kg as well as Stellar Peter Kingsley 49kg, Rafiatu Folashade Lawal 59kg, and Islamiyat Adebukdu Yusuf 64kg.

The weightlifters with the NWFL Board members and the President, Dr Ibrahim Abdul during their reception in December 2022 on their return from Uzbekistan where they won 9 medals at the IWF Worlds Championship

Joy Ogbonne Eze, 82kg; Taiwo Liadi, 76kg and Osijo Mary Taiwo, 71kg; completes the lifters in female category

In the men category, Joseph Umofia Edidiong 67kg and Emmanuel Appah 61kg will aim to win gold medals as well.

In the meantime, the federal government through the mnistry of youth and sports have announced that closed camping for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for Team Nigeria will commence on the 9th of July. While departure to Birmingham is on the 22nd of July.

Apart from weightlifting which have potential medal prospects for the country, other events Team Nigeria will be participating in include, athletics, boxing, judo, para athletics, para powerlifting, para table tennis, table tennis and wrestling.

Team Nigeria are expected to camp in Abuja, Lagos and Yenogoa, Bayelsa State capital.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will begin on 28 July and ends on 8 August

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