The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Akin Dare has hailed the Power lifting athletes for their numerous laurels in both continental and intercontinental games which he described as ability in disability and assures them of the Ministry’s readiness to give the team adequate support for the fourth coming Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
The Minister said this when the President Mrs. Queen Moses Idris and some athletes of the Power lifting Federation paid him a courtesy visit in his Abuja office recently. He said: ‘’he has been following their exploits till date and is happy with their outstanding performance which has given the country additional marks in the global sports”.
The Ministry, according to him, is committed to sports development in the country and is ready to invest more in Paralympics just as it invests in the able bodied sports. On that note, he promised presenting the Power-lifting Team along with the Tigress and African Games Champions to the President for reception.
Furthermore, Mr. Dare stated that early camping is critical for a successful outing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and promised that the Ministry will ensure two months intensive camping when the Game commences early.
Speaking earlier, the President of the Power lifting Federation Mrs. Queen Moses Idris welcomed the Honourable Minister on his appointment into the Federal Executive Cabinet, adding, it is a timely appointment in view of the hosting right given to the Federation for 2020, 2021 and 2022 Para Powerlifting World Cup by the International Powerlifting Committee IPC. By this gesture, Mrs. Queen asserted that Nigeria will not attend most Olympics and CommonWealth Qualifiers. The Championship according to her will attract about 40 Countries and 1000 lifters across the World.
Furthermore, she said Nigerian Power-lifting since her assumption as the President has been outstanding both in continental and intercontinental levels, stressing, the trophy they presented was won by the Female Power lifters as the 1st and 2nd best in the world which has earned the country the International Para Power lifting World Cup hosting right Tagged “Abuja2020”. She also disclosed that 14 Para Power lifters have qualified for Paralympic Games that will be coming up in Tokyo 2020 .