Team Nigeria returned to the country after a successful outing from the just concluded African Open Para-Powerliting Championship held in Egypt. They arrived the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Monday at exactly 4.55 pm Nigeria time. The Nigerian delegates won a total of 43 gold, 14 Silver and 2 bronze medals plus additional 5 gold medals won in the women’s team event to be at advantage of qualifying many lifters to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games in France.
President of the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation, Chiemeka Ezenwane Charles, while commending his athletes for their wonderful performance in Egypt, also lauded the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, for his fatherly role in supporting Para-Powerlifting and other sports in the country. At the same time he also stated that his federation needs more support from the ministry for them to be able to attend other upcoming championships which are also pathways to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. He also pleaded with well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations for assistance.
Meanwhile, one outstanding athlete from the all-conquering medallists at the Championships was Esther Nworgu who accounted for 8 gold medals and set two world records in the 41kg weight category.
A total of 27 countries, including those from outside Africa, took part in the competition.