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2024 Africa Senior Weightlifting Championship Team Nigeria lands in Egypt

Posted : 06 February 2024

A contingent of four lifters and four officials from Nigeria have arrived in Egypt ahead of the 2024 Africa Senior Weightlifting Championship.


The contingent departed from Nigeria on Saturday morning through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja.


The championship, which also serves as the Paris 2024 Olympics qualifiers, is ongoing in the Egyptian city of Ismailla, with the opening ceremony and end on 11 February also serving as Paris 2024 Olympics Games qualifiers.


The lifters, hoping to consolidate their Paris Games ticket push, are made up of three women and a man.


In the 59kg women's category, Rafiatu Folashade Lawal and Adijat Adenike Olarinoye will compete among other African stars, while Joy Ogbonne Eze will compete in the 71kg women's category.


Umoafia Edidiong Joseph will compete in the 73kg men's category.


The four officials accompanying the athletes include three coaches - Janet Ali, Abdulsalam Kayode, and Onubaye Sefiat, while Iquaibom Lawrence is a referee.


Nigeria will begin its competition at the championship on Tuesday, 6th February when 2023 gold medalist Rafiatu Lawal and the silver medalist, Adijat Olarinoye will compete in the 59kg women's category at 12 noon local time, respectively.


On the same day, Umoafia Edidiong will take part in the 73kg men's category from 3 pm.


Joy Eze will conclude Nigeria's participation in the championship on Wednesday, February 7, when she challenges the rest of Africa lifters in the 71kg women's category at 10 am.


It could be recalled that in the previous edition of the Championship held in Tunisia in May last year, Nigeria won 12 medals, comprising three gold, seven silver, and two bronze.


The Nigerian weightlifters will participate in another Olympic Games qualifier next month when the International Weightlifting Federation, IWF World Cup holds from 31 March to 11 April 2024 in Phuket, Thailand.


After the last qualifier, the list of athletes who qualified for the 2024 Paris Games would be released through IWF World Rankings.

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