Reports say Nigeria will make a strong presence at the World Weightlifting Championship which comes up early next month in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan.
According to the official website of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Nigeria has made a final entry of eight female and six male lifters for the championship which is billed to run from November 4-16.
The all-important championship which is a Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier is attracting over 500 weightlifters from different parts of the world.
A board member of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) George Aluo said that the country’s lifters are ready to do the nation proud in Kazakhstan as they did at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games.
Aluo who is the chairman, media committee of the weightlifting body, however expressed worries over the inability of NWF to call her lifters to camp barely three weeks to the championship which is the most important event on the IWF calendar.
According to Aluo: “Its unfortunate we are not in camp with less than three weeks to the world championship. In spite of this setback, our lifters are ever-ready to do the country proud.
“They did it in Glasgow at the 2014 Commonwealth games and they are battle-ready for Kazakhstan. This is one competition where we can’t afford to fail because if we do, then we wont be able to be part of the weightlifting event of Rio 2016 Olympics.
“And as we all know, weightlifting is one sport where Nigeria has very strong medal potentials if only our lifters are encouraged.”