By Olawale Ayeni
Former President of the Para Powerlifting Federation (PPFN) Ms Queen Uboh Idris, has given out the sum of over six hundred thousand Naira (N600,000) to 30 powerlifters, coaching crew and some former Para Olympic athletes.
The gesture according to her is to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Among the beneficiaries are Paralympic gold medalist Kehinde Paul, 2018 Commonwealth gold medalist Omolayo Bose, 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist Precious Orji, Innocent Nnamdi, Ibrahim Abdulaziz, Solomon Oluwaseun and Victoria Nneji among others .
Those who benefited from the coaching crew are Coaches Are Feyisetan, Patience Igbiti, Patrick Akutekwe and Pepsuzie Obi Aluko.
Each person was credited with the sum of N20,000.
Uboh said the money was to assist the athletes to take care of their immediate little needs.
“I am aware that the needs of these physically challenged athletes will triple as a result of the global lockdown. Without competitions, they usually don’t earn money and the cancellation of all sporting activities would have affected them a lot” Uboh said.
“But this is my own little contribution towards alleviating their hardship. I urge then to continue to train individually so that when the ban is lifted, they will not be competition rusty”.
Meanwhile, the family of the late Para powerlifter Ndidi Nwosu also partook of the palliative. The husband Ikechukwu Nwosu received N30,000 apart from an earlier N50,000 given to the family.
The former president still remains the voice of Nigeria Para powerlifting athletes.