Johnson Sulola, the President of the Nigeria Para-power-lifting Federation (NPPF), on Monday said Nigeria’s participation in the ongoing International Power-lifting technical/referees’ course would enhance their proficiency.
According to reports that five officials of the NPPF are currently in Dubai for the five-day programme which began on Monday.
Sulola told NAN in Lagos by phone that having representatives in the international body would provide the federation with the clout in the decision-making process of the NPPF.
“If Nigeria is rated number one in power-lifting in the whole world and we don’t have a single international referee, then we should also start from there.
“So that we will be part of decision making, that’s the reason why we decide to go for this course as far as power-lifting is concerned.
“Decision they make at times, that is not favourable to Nigeria or any other Africa countries; if we are there we will be able to influence things.
“One of our athletes during the last paralympics set a world record but she won a silver medal; that is the politics.
“Why should somebody who set the world record win silver? It is because we don’t have people at that top level where decisions are being made?’’
The president also commended the National Sports Commission for sponsoring the officials to the course.
The course is billed to end on April 4.