Mrs Buhari Hosts Para Powerlifting World Cup Flag-off at the Villa
The attention of the sports community will be focused on the Presidential Villa, Abuja on
Thursday evening as the First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Muhammadu Buhari hosts the first
major activity leading to next year’s Para Powerlifting World Cup, which will be held in
With Mrs Buhari as the Chief Host, other distinguished personalities that will grace the
unveiling of the tournament’s Main Organising Committee include the Governor of the
Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; the Minister of the Federal Capital
Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello; and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr
Sunday Dare, all of who are Special Guests of Honour.
Also expected at the event that will mark the launch of the Games’ logo, mascot, e-Sport
app and sports clothes are the Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of
Special Duties, Senator George Akume; Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill
Akpabio; Managing Director FrieslandCampina WAMPCO Nigeria, Mr Ben Langat; and
his counterpart at Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo.
According to Queen Idris, President of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, the
other dignitaries to witness the event at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa include
the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Hajia Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu; Minister
of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki; and Minister of State for Petroleum
Resources, Hon. Timipre Sylva.
The Main Organising Committee for Abuja 2020 World Cup, headed by the First Lady,
Mrs Buhari, which will oversee the programmes of Abuja 2020 Para Powerlifting World
Cup to be held in the Federal Capital Territory between February 5 and February 7,
The Federation President explained that the Nigerian First Lady agreed to host Abuja
2020 World Cup in demonstration of her passion for the less privileged and physically
challenged “as exemplified by her pet project, “Future Assured”.
Nigeria’s para powerlifters, well known as “the Unstoppables”, had achieved incredible
feats in global competitions. With only 11 athletes at the 2017 World Championship in
Mexico City, the contingent returned home with six gold and three bronze medals. At the
African Para Powerlifting Championship in Algeria last year, Nigeria won 11 gold and
two silver medals.
Three months ago at the World Para Powerlifting Championship in Nur Sultan, Team
Nigeria with a contingent of 14 athletes won three gold, three silver and two bronze
medals. In addition, each of the gold medallists established a world record in their ategories.