Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, showers encomium on Nigerian Badminton contingent at the recent All Africa Individual Championships in Algeria and 9th Fazza Para-powerlifting world Championship in Dubai, UAE.
Dalung expressed Federal Government’s appreciation while formally receiving the two teams that did Nigeria proud at the and world events.
Nigeria’s badminton team won three silver and two bronze medals at the Algeria event while their para- powerlifting counterparts won four gold medals in Dubai.
According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari is proud of their achievements.
“President (Buhari) sent goodwill message to both the athletes and officials for being worthy Ambassadors and doing the nation proud at the tournaments.
This administration will continue to support sport development so that the nation can be greater among world nations.
Both sports (badminton and para-powerlifting) did the nation proud, be assured of FG’s support always,” he said.
Reacting on behalf of of badminton team, Francis Orbih, President, Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), said more support, especially from government, would greatly help to harness sport potentials.
“Despite having just three weeks to prepare for continental championship, we still finished second.
If we get improved support from government and corporate sponsors, we will do better at tournaments,” he said.
Similarly, Queen Idris, President, Para-powerlifting Federation of Nigeria, equally solicited federal government’s support.
“We went with four athletes and returned with four gold medals while Ukraine went with many athletes and returned with five gold medals to win the cup.
“We are appealing to government to further support us to win cups at tournaments,” she said.
Paul Kehinde and Folashade Oluwafemi set new world records in Dubai.
Kehinde broke his Rio Paralympics record in men 65kg category of 220.5kg with new record of 221kg.
Similarly, Oluwafemi replaced her 145 kg lift with 146kg in women 86kg category.
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