Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Rivers Power-Lifting Coach Wants Employment for Special Athletes

Adolphus Ordu, the Head Coach, Rivers State power-lifting, on Tuesday appealed to government to give more support to special athletes in order to engage them meaningfully in the society.

Ordu made the appeal while speaking to the media yesterday at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), venue of the power-lifting event of the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF).

He noted that with job opportunities and incentives, the athletes could cater for themselves after retiring from active sports.

"They need help from government; they need assistance. Now that they are on contract, if the festival ends now, nobody would think about them anymore.

"But if they are given incentives that can encourage them and make them feel they are really citizens of this country.

"They could be given scholarship or employment. If they are employed, they could further their education."

He said the only threat to Rivers at the event was Delta State, but expressed optimism that Team Rivers would overcome all opposition at the festival.

"Delta and Rivers are at war in terms of medals. To me, they are our greatest threat and I know that by God's grace, we will surpass them and show them that we are here to win."

He also expressed joy that Rivers won two gold, two silver and four bronze medals, saying they would win more medals in the power-lifting event.

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