Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Over 1000 athletes to meet in Abuja for para-powerlifting world cup

Over one thousand athletes from over 70 countries are expected to converge on the federal capital territory, Abuja, for the 2020 Para Powerlifting World Cup.

The event which serves as the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will see physically challenged persons from across the globe competing for medals in different categories of the sport.

The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello while pledging the commitment of the Administration towards the successful hosting of the Abuja 2020 Para Powerlifting World Cup, said the international event will showcase Abuja as Nigeria’s Centre of Unity.

Bello made the pledge when members of the Main Organizing Committee, MOC, for the World Cup led by its Chairman Dr Mahmood Ahmed paid a courtesy visit to the FCTA.

He expressed delight that Nigeria secured hosting rights to the event based on her track record in the hosting of previous competitions and was excited that the FCT was chosen to host the 2020 para-powerliftig Games.

The Minister said that Abuja was fast becoming the sports capital of Nigeria and, indeed Africa and the hosting of this competition fits right into this growing profile.

Malam Bello said the FCTA will assist in the provision of Logistics such as the transportation of athletes around the city amongst others. He also asked the MOC to work closely with the Department of Out-door Advertising and Signage of the FCTA the purposes of providing access and content for outdoor advertising.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation disclosed that called on the FCT Administration to support the Committee in ensuring the success of the World Cup.

Also speaking, the President of Para Powerlifting Federation of Nigeria, Queen Uboh Idris disclosed that Nigeria was the best country in para powerlifting in the world having won many gold medals and dominating the sport  in recent years.

She also urged the FCTA to key into the Federation’s plans for a productive life for physically challenged athletes after retirement. Some of Nigeria’s medal winners, she said have ended up on the streets as beggars.

 

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