Abuja, Dec. 7, 2017 (TNE) At least 15 states, FCT and four clubs are participating at the National Weightlifting Trials which opened in Abuja on Thursday, according to Umar Lambu, Secretary-General of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation.
He said in Abuja that the trials are to select athletes who will represent the country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly called as Gold Coast 2018, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth.
It is schedule to take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, from April 4 to 15, 2018.
According to him, all states are expected to participate but that so far, only 16 states have registered.
Lambu listed the states to include Lagos, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Bayelsa, Niger, Zamfara, Edo, Abia, Adamawa, Imo, Anambra, Oyo, Kano and the FCT.
He listed the clubs to include the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Civil Defence and Finest Club.
Lambu said that the athletes will take part in 16 events, eight for males and eight for females.
He listed the event categories for the males as : 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 75kg, 89kg, 94kg, 105kg and +105kg.
‘’For female categories, we have: 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 90kg and +90kg,’’ he said.