*He made us proud in his first tenure
*Onyali congratulates him, challenges him for support
Former President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) Chimdi Ejiogu, has been re-elected into the Board of the African Weightlifting Federation (AWF) as its 1st Vice President.
Yahaya Mohammed, the Vice President of NWF, confirmed Ejiogu’s re-election based on his experience especially against the background of the first three years tenure in the continent.
Mohammed said: “We re-nominated one of our own to represent Nigeria at African Weightlifting Federation. The board decided on Ejiogu to go and represent Nigeria there because he has been there and understands the workings in the African continent. We want him to continue. We are happy he got re-elected and as First vice President.”
Mohammed said Ejiogu’s first three-year tenure had brought honour to the country.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director (Technical) of the Basic Olympic Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) project, Chief Mary Onyali has congratulated Mr Chimdi Ejiogu for the worthy election. According to her, “his re-election we believe will add value to our project especially now that we are giving the sports a massive injection of new athletes across the nation.”
For instance, the new deputy African boss is from Imo and with the choice of long jump gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa-Opra’s choise of Mbaise for her community sports development project of which weightlifting is one of the four sports, we will certainly need his support to get that delivered.”
“We are happy for him and would pray that his new tenure will translate into more gains for the nation’s youths in the sport which produced several athletes who did so well in the global level.”
“Even now, we shall seek his support for the pilot of the BOOST project which has taken off in Offa in Kwara State which coach Chris Nwajei has resumed this weekend as part of delivering the elite and grassroots programme for the sport towards the 2020 Olympic Games.”