By Tunde Liadi in Asaba
President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation Dr Ibrahim Abdul has revealed that talents spotted at the ongoing 21st National Sports Festival Delta 2022 in the sport would be given opportunities to flourish as the event kicks off tomorrow.
Speaking to journalists today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, the weightlifting boss maintained that the athletes are excited coming into this year’s National Sports Festival and that the NWF has mapped out steps to nurture budding talents that would be spotted.
Dr. Abdul noted that the NWF wants to consolidate on the impressive performances recorded in the sport in recent times and that to ensure there are better replacements for weightlifters who are getting tired and could not compete as they were in their prime.
“I want to tell you that our athletes have put in so many preparations before coming into Asaba and they want to showcase what they have been doing which I can assure you that people would be wowed with the results that will be coming out from the sport,” Dr, Abdul told journalists.
“It is also the decision of the board to ensure that talents discovered at the National Sports Festival are given the platforms to flourish and also be given equal chances to test their might against established opposition. We are going to keep special talents got in Delta.”
The former Nigeria Teqball federation Vice President heaped praises on Delta State Government for the good works they put in place in organizing the Sports Festival.
“You know Delta in this country is for me the No.1 sports state. This is not the first time they are doing this and you can see that they are not going to beg for people to come to watch but their people have come all out to watch different sports across all the event centers and I must tell you that we need to congratulate them for the work so far as this can compete with several international championships,” Dr. Abdul concluded.