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Minister Assures Power Weightlifters Of Support To Paralympics

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Joel Ajayi

The victorious power weightlifters who came tops at the World Power Weightlifting  competition  in Manchester  have been  assured of support to commence  early  preparations for  the Paralympic  in Tokyo, Japan.

Speaking  during a reception  for the team at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium,  Abuja on Tuesday,  Chief Sunday Dare said “Your performance  can be described  as excellent  and superlative winning 10 gold, 2 silver and setting two new world records. We couldn’t have asked for something better as a country, it can only get better. You have kept the spirit of Excellence which you are known for alive. This country is proud of you; you have put the country on the global map. This signposts what to expect at the Paralympics in August, we expect you to make the country proud”

On funding for the team, the Minister said “In the last one year we have worked to improve support to the team. We are going to work with the Federation to ensure they get proper support to attend all the Qualifiers. They are going to get higher funding as they prepare for  the Paralympics”.

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UEFA announces new Champions League format

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UEFA on Monday confirmed that a new format for the Champions League will be introduced from 2024 with the number of clubs in the group stage increasing from 32 to 36, despite an earlier announcement that 12 major clubs were planning to break away and start a rival Super League.

The new format — which will see all 36 clubs brought together into one pool instead of the current system of four-team groups — was approved at an executive committee meeting of European football’s governing body in Switzerland.

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