A Member of the Board of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), George Aluo, has appealed to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to approve for four of Nigeria’s weightlifters to attend an Olympic qualifying championship in Houston, U.S.A.
Aluo, who is the chairman of the media committee of the federation, told NAN yesterday that the championship would hold in Houston, Texas, from Nov. 20 to Nov. 28.
He said the NWF sent its proposals to the NSC for funds but had yet to receive any positive feedback from the commission. He did not however, mention the amount involved.
Aluo noted that four weightlifters, comprising two male and two female are in camp as part of the preparations for the qualifiers.
“The NSC is aware of our planned participation in the qualifiers, and the proposal has since been submitted but up till now we have not heard from them.
Meanwhile, training has been in top gear with two male and two female lifters in camp. Although they are experienced but heard from the grapevine that only two of them could be considered.
“We will appreciate prompt and positive response from the NSC because the event is almost at hand and once the funds are available, it will help us to tidy up arrangements,’’ he said.
Aluo, urged that weightlifting be given priority, as the sport had in the past, made the nation proud at international competitions.
“Even at the recently held 11th African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, all four weightlifters currently in camp won gold medals.
“ I am optimistic that they will reproduce the same again if given adequate support,’’ he added.
He said that two lifters, two coaches, a physiotherapist, NWF president and secretary would be expected to make up the delegation to the event.
The competition in the USA is being organised by the International Weightlifting Federation as one of the last qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will take place in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.