Para-powerlifting: Aisha Buhari to unveil MOC for W’Cup


Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, will on Thursday (today) unveil the Main Organising Committee for next year’s Para-Powerlifting World Cup at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.



The Main Organising Committee for Abuja 2020 World Cup, headed by the Mrs Buhari, will oversee the programmes of the Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Cup scheduled for the Federal Capital Territory between February 5 and February 7, 2020.



President of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, Queen Idris,  said the first lady agreed to host the event in demonstration of her passion for the less-privileged and physically-challenged, as exemplified by her pet project, Future Assured.



Other top personalities expected to grace the unveiling of the MOC are the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; FCT minister, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello; and sports minister, Sunday Dare, who are all Special Guests of Honour.



Also expected at the event that will mark the launch of the Games’ logo, mascot, e-Sport app and sports clothes are the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume; Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Managing Director FrieslandCampina WAMPCO Nigeria, Mr Ben Langat; and his counterpart at Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo.



Nigeria’s para-powerlifters are famed for their incredible feats in global competitions. With only 11 athletes at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, the contingent returned home with six gold and three bronze medals. At the African Para-Powerlifting Championship in Algeria last year, Nigeria won 11 gold and two silver medals.



Three months ago at the World Para-Powerlifting Championship in Nur Sultan, Team Nigeria, with a contingent of 14 athletes, won three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.



In addition, each of the gold medallists established a world record in their categories
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