Nigeria para powerlifters failed to appear in the latest World Para Powerlifting Ranking Lists on its official website as Egypt lifter listed featured fourteen times, consisting of eight female and six male.
The biggest winners were Egyptian trio Abdelaziz Gihan (67Kg), Nadia Ali (86Kg) and Mahmoud Randa (+86kg) all ranked 1st position in the world with 110 points, 117 points and 130 points after their outstanding performances at the World championship in Eger, Hungary in May
Despite Nigeria’s outstanding performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the country could not attend the first World Para Power lifting World Cup of 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates last March and the World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Eger, Hungary.
Abougharbya Rehab (female) 73kg of Egypt currently ranked second Elelfat Mohamed (male) 80kg of Egypt ranked third and three-time Paralympic champion Metwaly Mathana (male) 88kg all won gold at the World championship in Eger, Hungary.
The Algerian lifters made the list consisting of one male; Bettir Hocine 65kg ranked third and seven female; Lamia Adra (41kg) ranked 3, Guerioua Samira (45kg) ranked 6, Saidi Naima (61kg) ranked 8, Mohammed Merar (73kg) ranked 12, Belarbi Nacera (86kg) ranked 6, Bachir Zahra (+86kg ) ranked 8 and Medjmedj Nadia (+86kg ) ranked 9 at the World championship in Eger, Hungary.
Morocco had three female lifters; Lemtakhem Halima (50kg) ranked 11, El Garraa Najat (55kg) ranked 9 and Binane Nezha (61kg) ranked 7 in the world.
South Africa male liferts; Suhul Abdulaziz (72kg) ranked 20 and Fitzpatrick Ricardo (88kg) ranked 15 made the list after featuring at the World championship in Dubai, UAE.
Ghana’s Teye Charles Narh (80kg) ranked 18 in the world garnering 157 points at the World championship in Dubai, UAE.
It will be recalled that Nigerian female weightlifter Lucy Ejike (-61kg) shattered the Paralympic and world record three successive times by 136kg before subsequently adding lifts of 138kg and 142kg to seal the world record in Rio.
Also, Roland Ezuruike set new Paralympics games record in power-lifting men’s -54kg event at Rio 2016 Paralympics lifting 200kg, while Josephine Orji shattered the world record of the women’s -+86kg power-lifting event at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio, Brazil with a lift of 154kg to win the gold medal.