Nigeria has emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Lagos World Para Powerlifting Invitational Championships held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
Nigeria won all the 20 gold medals on offer as well as winning 15 silver and 7 bronze medals, making it a total of 42 medals in all at the competition.
Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon won three bronze medals each, while Ghana went home with two bronze medals.
Other countries that participated in the championship were Guinea, Tanzania and Mali.
According to Feyisetan Are, national coach of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting team:
“I am happy with what my athletes have been able to achieve on home soil, they all performed excellently well.
I remember that sometimes last year, I vowed that we are going to host and win this competition and I thank God that it has come to reality.
I must say that the future of powerlifting in Nigeria is bright, the upcoming athletes really proved their worth in the championships and we will continue to nurture them to stardom.
We have world class equipment to train them and we will expose them to more international competitions.”