Tokyo 2020: Powerlifters Will Make Nigeria Proud Again, Expect More Gold- Gbolahan Eweje Assures


First Vice-President, Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation, Deacon Gbolahan Eweje has assured that the country representatives in the powerlifting event would make the country proud again at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan. recalls that the powerlifting athletes won six gold, two silver and one bronze medal totaling nine medals in the para-powerlifting event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, whereby Nigeria won total of eight gold, two silver and two bronze to place 12th in the world.

Eweje, who also is the Chairman, Ogun State Para-Powerlifting Association expressed confidence on the quality of powerlifters representing Nigeria at the games, noting that they would not disappoint at the end of the games.

Furthermore, the elated Eweje who congratulated Latifat Tijani for winning Nigeria first gold medal in the powerlifting event on Thursday, affirmed to always be in contact with the team in Japan, and discovered that they were all in good frame of mind to win medals for their father’s land.

He added that even right from Nigeria, the athletes in camp showed their readiness and zeal to write their names and country on medals chats.

While responding on how many gold medals to be expected from the team, he said: “I will not predict any number of medals that the team will win, but with God all things are possible.

“My belief and prayer to Almighty God is for them to win medals, especially gold for the country and to justify the confidence reposed on the whole Team Nigeria at the games by the Federal Government and over 200 million Nigerians.

“Though, some of our powerlifters are world champions, but we will not relent on that records, because, paralympic games is another games entirely, whereby many other new and upcoming athletes will want to exhibit their skills too.”