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Africa Weightlifting Championship: Nigeria Begins Quest For 2024 Olympics ticket Today In Tunisia



Nigeria will today begin their quest for 2024 Olympic Games qualification in Weightlifting even as two Nigerian lifters, Olarinoye Adijat and Lawal Rafiatu will be on the stage today, Monday, May 15 in Tunisia.

The duo, competing in 59kg women category, will begin their competition by 12noon local time.

On Tuesday, May 16, Two Nigerian lifters will be on stage as well. Joy Eze, (71kg women) and Edidiong Umofia (73kh men) will compete. 

Nigeria’s 5th athlete, Akano Desmond (89kg men) will round off Nigeria’s participation in the championship on Wednesday, May 17.

The athletes expressed optimism and assured Nigerians of good outing. 

Speaking with Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF Media crew, Olarinoye Adijat and Edidiong Umofia said the athletes are not under pressure to perform adding that their aspiration is to begin the Olympic Games qualifiers on a high note.
“It is one of the championships we need to participate in to get our Olympic Games qualification ticket. We have done our best in camp, the president and his board supported us and we hope to begin high,” Olarinoye said. 

On his part, Edidiong Umoafia looked forward to his competition on Tuesday. 
“We are not under pressure. We are in competition spirit and we hope to start high as we begin the Olympic Games qualification journey.

“No competition or championship is an easy one. You have to be on top of your game. Prepare well and ask for God’s grace. 
“All the athletes are ready to compete.” he stated. 

Nigeria weightlifters will participate in six Championships as they seek to return Nigeria to global weightlifting map in the 2024 Olympics Games in Paris, France. 

The 2023 Africa Weightlifting Championship which commenced on May 14 will end on Friday May 19th. 

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Sports Minister Hands Over Leadership To Permanent Secretary



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has handed over the leadership of the Ministry to the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration ended on Monday. 

At the Handing Over Ceremony held today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his Fatherland. 

He stated that the appointment enabled him to have a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges of governance as well as that of the youth in particular, adding that it also afforded him with the opportunity to  look out ways to profer solutions on complex issues in relation to governance. 

Dare who stated further that the portfolio also afforded him the avenue to encourage Nigerian youth to take up sports as a career for the socio-economic development of the country, called on them to also support the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for enhanced development of the sector.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar commended Mr. Sunday Dare for his laudable initiatives in the Ministry.

While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive, he pledged the support and cooperation of the staff and Management of the Ministry to the in coming Administration led by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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