Nigerian Weightlifters Win 18 Medals In African Championship

The President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Yahaya, said Nigerian Weightlifters won 18 medals at the just concluded African Junior/Youths Weightlifting Championship.

The competition took place in Uganda. Yahaya said on Wednesday in Abuja that the weightlifters were the products of the just concluded National Youth Games in Ilorin.

“I am very happy with the results of the competition because our weightlifters worked hard and made us proud. We won a total of 18 medals in all; 13 gold, four silver, and one bronze."

He added, “We won nine gold medals in the female categories on the first day of the competition and we finally won up 18 medals at the end of the Championship.

“With this performance, we have a chance to participate in next year’s Commonwealth Games."

The president also said, “Nigerian weightlifting Grade 2 referees were promoted to Grade 1 Category. They are Nurudeen Suleiman (Bauchi), Evelyn Okuofor (Edo), and Bilkisu Musa (Jigawa).

“They passed both the theory and the practical examination during the Championship; they are now recognized by the Africa and the World Weightlifting Federation."