Nigeria plans to feature in the African Junior and Youths Weightlifting Championships slated for between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11, in Nairobi, Kenya, an official has said.

Christopher Nwadei, Technical Director, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that the tournament would serve as an Olympic qualifier.

He said that the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, has been supporting the federation whenever they have  international competition.

“Our target is to win medals, at least 24 medals at the championships. The lifters will do their best to make the country proud.

“We have been giving a good record whenever we go out to represent the country,” he said.

The NWF technical director said that the lifters would be called to camp in November to start preparations for the tournament.

According to him, six lifter -five females and one male, will represent Nigeria at the competitions.

“The lifters are; Stella  Kingsley – 49 , Vanessa Ebelechukwu  – 55 kg, Joy  Ogbonne – 64 kg,  Yusuf Adebuko – 64 kg, Taiwo Liadi – 76 kg and Vincent Adeyemi 96 kg.

“They have been working hard  in their various states to excel at the competition,” he said.

Nwadei said he had been monitoring the training of lifters and that they were doing well. (NAN)