President of the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation, Queen Uboh says the country is ready to host the 2019 World Para- Powerlifting competition.
Uboh made the disclosure on Wednesday at a press conference held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, venue of the tournament slated for January 24-31st 2019.
While fielding questions from journalists during the media briefing, she expressed delight for the backing they have received from the various sponsors who have contributed towards the success of the upcoming event and declared that the Nigerian contingent to the tournament are fully prepared for as the athletes have been in camp since January 3rd.
“I want to use this avenue to thank our sponsors for choosing to partner with us in order to ensure that Nigeria remains the best Para Powerlifting nations in the world.
Uboh also heaped encomium on Nigeria’s foremost sponsor of Para Powerlifting athletes, Friesland Campina manufacturers of Peak Milk for purchasing
an IPC (International Paralympic Committee) approved mobility bus, with the capacity to seat 12 people and 15 wheelchairs.
“From the side of the State, Lagos State government are making arrangements for accommodations, feeding and competition venue at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
She revealed that 10 countries will be participating in the 2019 Para- Powerlifting in 10 categories.
In the male category, athletes will compete in the 49kg, 54kg, 59kg, 65kg, 72kg, 80kg, 88kg, 97kg, 97+kg and 107kg.
Athletes in the female category will compete in the 41kg, 45kg, 50kg, 55kg, 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 79kg, 86kg and 86+kg.
The prize money for the competition will see gold medalist carting home $2,500, Silver $1,500 and bronze $1,000.
A highpoint of the press conference was the unveiling of 20 new junior Para-Powerlifters who were represented by Anabel Ayuba, a 12 years old girl from Plateau State.