The Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation (NPPF) has announced on Monday that 18 Nigerian athletes have qualified for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
The Games hold from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18 in the South American nation.
Some of our athletes just came back from a competition which served as qualifier in Malaysia and this has increased the number of qualified athletes to 18.
The number may likely increase to 19, one of our athletes missed world championships but we have written to the world body because the athlete attended other qualifiers.
We hope to get a good response with regards to the issue because he is one of our medals hopeful.
The scribe also disclosed that two of its coaches also attended a coaching course in Malaysia.
Are Feyisetan, head coach of the federation, also report that 16 athletes would eventually be selected from the set of athletes that have qualified.
Feyisetan said the selection would be strictly based on merit to ensure that the country performed creditably at the quadrennial Games.
In his words,
We are the best in powerlifting in the world and we want to continue to retain that status, so, we are taking the best of the bests to the Games.
He stressed that if the federation could arrange for early camping and training tours for the athletes, they were bound to perform well at the Paralympics.
At the 2012 Paralympics in London, Nigeria won six gold, five bronze and two silver medals.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian women table tennis team were absent in Malaysia at the just concluded International Table Tennis federation (ITTF) World Team Championship due to paucity of funds.
Egypt however, which qualified at the event, has already gotten the continental slot for the Women’s Team in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, following the absence of Nigeria at the ITTF World Team Championship.