Coach of Edo para powerlifting association, Patience Igbiti told www.aclsports.com that the athletes intend making Edo state proud at the National Sports Festival in Abuja.
Edo state will present 18 para powerlifters at the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival.
Igbiti expressed confidence that most of the athletes will win medals hereby qualifying to represent Nigeria at the 2019 International Powerlifitng championships in Lagos.
She said the state government has motivated the lifters promising not to let the state governor down.
“Edo state is presenting 18 out of the 20 weight categories at next month’s National Sports Festival. The main target is to win medals for the state. We have African champions, Commonwealth and Olympic champions in the squad.
“The state government hosted me and some of the powerlifters who represented Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
“I know if we win medals at the sports festival, the governor will reward us accordingly because he has always shown interest in sports and he demonstrated is when Bendel Insurance gained promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League”, she said.
The assistant coach of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting team said the team will compete clean and abstain from using performance enhancing drugs.