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Olympics Qualifier: Nigeria Contingent Returns Today After Amassing 12 Medals In AWC



A delegation of five Nigerian Weightlifters and two coaches will return to the country on Thursday morning (today) after they amassed a total 12 medals at the 2023 Senior Africa Weightlifting Championship in Tunisia which also serves as 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers.

The delegate which is led by the President, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF Dr Ibrahim Abdul will return to the country via Lagos in the early hours of Thursday.
The contingent will arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos by 6:50am via Qatar Airways.
Nigeria won a total of 12 medals comprising 3 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals at the championship. 

Lawal Rufiatu Folashade and Olarinoye Adenike Adijat won three gold and three silver medals respectively in the 59kg women category on Tuesday. 

Joy Eze Ogbonne and Edidiong Umofia won 6 additional medals on Wednesday. Whereas Joy clinched 3 silver medals in 71kg women category, Edidiong won a silver and 2 bronze medals in 73kg men. 

Edidiong could have won higher medals but he had an injury during the Snatch and won a silver medal. He managed to continue and got bronze for Clean &Jerk and Total.
Nigeria’s quest to increase their medal haul on Wednesday did not go as planned after Akano Desmond came 4th in the 89kg men category. 

Desmond who rounded off Nigeria’s participation at the championship had a lift of 145kilos in snatch, 190kilos in Clean & Jerk and a Total lift of 255kilos to emerge 4th in the category.

Nigeria weightlifters will participate in six Championship qualifiers 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 10 will end on Friday May 19th in Tuns, Tunisia capital.

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IMC Seals Super Six TV Rights Deal With Super Sports



The Interim Management Committee (IMC), which is charged with the responsibility of organizing the 2022/23 the Abridged Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has struck a deal to put all matches in the upcoming Super Six in Lagos on television.

The deal with Supersport a stable of Multichoice, an South Africa-based cable satellite television giants, is the latest heartwarming news coming from the IMC, which has in less than 12 months done a lot to revive the fortunes of the once moribund league.

Speaking with immediately after the deal was sealed, IMC Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye could not hide his joy at the landmark achievement.

We have just concluded with Superport to cover the Super 6, it is a cheering news. The players will get an International recognition again, all the matches will be televised live and that will held a great deal in showcasing our league not just in Sub-Saharan Africa, but the globe at large”, the IMC boss said.

He added that televising the matches will also ensure better and fair officiating, as the referees would be put on their toes and challenged to give their very best in terms of officiating, better than what they did in the regular season.  

“It was not easy to reach an agreement, but we did all we could. We went forth and back and we finally came to an agreement”.

It is the hope of the IMC that after all these efforts, the best team wins the league, and the country will have worthy representatives in the two CAF organized Inter-Club Championships, next season.

Bendel Insurance of Benin, Remo Stars of Ikenne, Enyimba of Aba from Group A; and the Pool B trio of Rivers United (the holders), Lobi Stars of Makurdi, and Sunshine Stars of Akure are the six teams to feature at the Super Six; from July 3rd, 2023 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, in Onikan Lagos

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