Nigeria power-lifting gets sponsorship boost

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The Nigeria Professional Powerlifting Federation (NPPF) has received a boost ahead of the 4th edition of the Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation Championships slated for December 15 to 18, 2011 in Bournemouth University, England.

A Lagos-based firm, Corner 47 Travel and Tours Ltd has thrown its weight behind the federation with a sponsorship package to prepare its athletes for the championship as well as make adequate arrangement for the athletes and their officials when they arrive England.

At a press briefing in Lagos, Gbolahan Odusanya, CEO of the firm said the company partnered NPPF as a way of encouragement and contributing to the growth of the sport in the country.

”Powerlifting needs encouragement, and we believe the only way to contribute our social responsibility is to back them in their trip to London. We cannot leave everything to government, private organizations should also help in the development of sports in Nigeria.”

He noted that the focus of government has been on football alone, hence the need to develop other sports should be the responsibility of corporate organizations in the country.

Odusanya who said he has been involved in sports through ticketing, logistics, accommodation and sponsorship, expressed confidence in the Nigerian lifters that they would make the country proud during the Commonwealth Championships. ”Most of the lifters are potential gold medalists as well as world record holders, as such I am confident they would not disappoint the country,” he added.

Eight lifters and four officials will represent Nigeria at the championship. The lifters include Waheen Kareem, Mathew Oluwatuyi, Ibrahim Idris, Murital Muhammed, Sulaiman Samsondeen for the male category and Mabel Anamemere, Adesanmi Oluwatoyin and Moses Gloria in the female category.


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