Eight (8) Nigeria male lifters will not participate at the qualifiers in Cameroon after the weightlifting federation failed to secure funds.
It will be recalled that after a board meeting by the Nigeria weightlifting federation on 14th April 2016, fifteen (15) fit lifters were resumed camp on Saturday, 16th April 2016.
Naijacombatcorner also recalls that the lifters consist of eight male and seven female athletes.
But two days after their arrival in Abuja (National Stadium Package B), the male lifters were decamped because the federation could not access the required funds to sponsor the team.
With this development, it implies that the country’s male lifters may have been technically knocked out of the race even before moving a muscle, through the refusal of the ministry of sports to take them to Yaoundé.
It was gathered that government only approved money for 10 lifters for the trip and that only N7 million was approved.
Without any formal notification, former head coach, Andrew Ekanem was dropped as the federation opted for two ‘old timers’, Cosmos Samson and Patrick Bassey to coach the female weightlifters.
It would be recalled that Cosmos Samson led Nigerian lifters to Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where they failed to win any medal, while Patrick Bassey was in-charge of the lifters to the last Olympics in London 2012, which turned out to be a fruitless venture.