Paris Olympiad 2024: There’s hope for Nigeria in weightlifting – President

The president, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), Ibrahim Abdul, on Friday gave the assurance that the Federation would make the country proud at the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024 in France.

Abdul told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the target of the Federation was to achieve the highest levels of success by winning gold medals in Paris.

According to him, two athletes will represent the Federation at the upcoming Olympic Games.

“We have gone through all the part ways for the Olympics and we have qualified two athletes. We are currently in camp and we are training in the camp,” he said.

He added that the two athletes would also participate in the two weeks camp in Paris before the Olympics commenced.

“The African weightlifting Associations have also organised  a camp for all African athletes that qualified for the Olympics Games from July 12 to July 25 in France.

“We also want to align with that of the Ministry but currently we are in camp and everything is going on well.

“We are going to have a training camp abroad with our African body training camp.”

Rafiatu Lawal (women’s 59 kg) and Joy Eze (women’s 71 kg) secured two of the top 10 slots in their weight divisions based on the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Olympic Qualification Ranking finals.

A total of 88 athletes had qualified for the Olympics Games, as many others were still in the qualification process before the closing windows.

The 2024 summer Olympics Games is known as Paris 2024 upcoming international multisport event scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11 in France.

Paris is the main host city and 16 other cities spread across Metropolitan France, plus one sub-site in Tahiti.