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Akwa Ibom set for champion of champions national weightlifting championships

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The who’s who in Nigeria’s Weightlifting are packing their bags for Uyo, where the first of its kind Champion of Champions Weightlifting Championship is billed to hold from August 26 through 28.

An invitation letter from the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation confirms the event through a memo addressed to all State Weightlifting Associations signed by Mrs. Mariam Motunrayo Akande, Secretary General.

The tournament is to host the best four  lifters in the National Sports Festival (NSF) held in Benin City, Edo State.

Coach Lawrence Iquaibom, member of the Caretaker Committee of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation has thrown more light on the novel and unique tournament.

“We are expecting about 78 lifters, made up of 40 men and 38 women spread over ten weight categories for men and women.

…It will help us have an up to date ranking for our lifters.

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“We thank Akwa Ibom State Government for graciously accepting to host the event in what is traditionally referred to as the home of weightlifting” Coach Iquaibom, said.

The internationally acclaimed and experience weightlifting referee just back from officiating at the Tokyo Olympics also said that 24 States have so far confirmed for the Championships.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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