Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has described the Nigeria Powerlifting athletes as “dependable ambassadors” following their heroics at the World Para-Powerlifting Africa Championship.
Dalung said the medals return of the 13 athletes who won 11 gold and 2 silver medals at the competition that ended on Sunday in Algeria, has remained unparalleled.
While commending the team, the minister said the level of consistency of the powerlifters should be a point of reference to other athletes.
“These athletes won’t fail to amaze Nigerians, myself included. When you think they have done their best and gotten to their peak, they come up with something different in a spectacular manner.
He seized the opportunity to applaud Nigeria’s number 1, Aruna Quadri for winning the elusive ITTF Challenge also on Sunday.
Quadri ranked 18th in the world defeated Frenchman, Antoine Hachard 4-2 to win the singles event of the 2018 Seamaster ITTF Challenge at the Molade Okaya Hall.
He said the victory, which is the first by any Nigerian after 4 previous attempts confirmed, “quitters can never win while winners never quit”.
Dalung pledged government’s continued resolution to provide a conducive environment for athletes to flourish.