Expert Trains Nigerian Coaches on Modern Techniques

Over 60 weightlifting coaches are currently attending the International Weightlifting Federation Level 2 Coaching Course in Abuja.

During the event’s opening, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel, emphasized the significance of the Weightlifting Federation of Nigeria’s preparations for the Paris Games, highlighting the course as a crucial step in the Olympic Solidarity movement.

Reflecting on past experiences, Gumel remarked, “We faced challenges in Birmingham and the Africa Games in Ghana, and to change the narrative, we need to engage experts in the sport, given the talent we have here.”

Gumel expressed optimism, stating, “I am pleased that two lifters will represent us in Paris, and I am confident that weightlifting will bring us the much-desired gold, insha Allah.”

The President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul, explained that the course is part of the federation’s developmental initiatives to better prepare Nigerian weightlifters for future competitions.

“We are not only focusing on the Paris event but also looking ahead to Los Angeles 2028. These coaches will return home to train their lifters based on the knowledge gained here,” he said.

The resource person, Professor Kyle Pierce, a professor of kinesiology and health science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and director of the LSUS United States, shared his extensive weightlifting expertise. Dr. Pierce Kyle, Director of the United States of America Weightlifting and High Performance Centre, provided both theoretical and practical training, covering modern techniques such as transition, squatting, deadlift, and cluster sets.

The coaching course will conclude this Friday.

Coaches from various states and local councils across the country participated in the event. Joy Eze (71 kg category) and Rafiat Lawal (59 kg category) have qualified to represent Nigeria in the weightlifting event at the Paris Olympics.

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