Written by Laraba Murey

Powerlifter seeks collaboration with stakeholders to promote sport


Bayelsa born professional International Power Lifter, Erepaei Sunday is seeking collaboration with stakeholders  for effective awareness on the benefits of the power lifing sport .

Sunday who restated the benefits of the the sports says powerlifting sport will Impact positively the lives of young people, especially in being resilient to crime and violence.

Powerlifting is a strength sport that involves the athlete attempting a maximal weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Sunday also known as "Sunny power" appealed to the  Federal  Ministry of Sports to include Power lifting sport in the National Sports Festival  to attract youths to take it up a carrier path.


He emphasized that other sports like wrestling and judo are similar yet included in the sports but that is not so for power lifting which is similar to weight lifting but due to the lack of awareness the sport is missing is sports festival . 


Responding to fielding questions from journalist Sunny Power outlined his plans in making  the sport to be recognized  in Nigeria 

"I will be working with all 36 states of the federation through their commissioners and directors of sports’’ he said.


He explained that collaborations with stakeholders in sports development will attract international investors into the country to support and sponsor power lifting events.


‘‘Constant engagement with stakeholders and talks about strength and power sports, catch them young, talent hunting with cash awards will always be in our events. Annual coaching seminars will be organised to improve our techniques’’ he said.


He disclosed that plans are on the way to  conclude  partnership with the federal government through the office of the minister for youth and sports to increase awareness and acceptance of the sport.


The award winning power lifter also added that his mission is to see that power lifting and strongest man sports are included in the national sports festival in the country, disclosing that plans are in top gear to establish a power sports academy in the country for proper training of youths.


While speaking he said the benefits of power lifting are so much.He explained that retired weight lifters can also continue their carrier in power lifting. He said weight lifting can fetch 3 medals while power lifting can fetch 4 medals.
Sunny power who is also the president of World Power Lifting Federation of Nigeria, who has received numerous awards to his name among which are "United States  Power Association as best fresh blast"  asserted power lifting  sport awareness is was low in Nigeria despite its international acceptance.


















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