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Tokyo Paralympic hopefuls pump iron at Powerlifting World Cup in Abuja

Nigeria, Abuja
February 06, 2020 at 16:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Competitors from around Africa descended on Abuja on Wednesday to partake in the Para Powerlifting World Cup.

The competition started with the 50-55kg (104lbs - 115lbs) senior female category, with seven competitors from Nigeria and one from Egypt.

"I am very, very pleased when I have a gold medal in Abuja, Nigeria and the second competition for me is in Fazah (Oman) in April," said Rehad Ahmed, the winner and only Egyptian athlete at the competition.

Franca Anigbogu, the second runner-up behind fellow Nigerian Ajiboye Rukayat, said, "When I go back now, I will not even sleep, I will start training morning and night, morning and night to make sure I meet my targets."

The tournament came to an end with the medal presentation to the best three athletes from the category.

The next Olympic Games are set to take place later this year in Tokyo, Japan, with the Paralympics scheduled for shortly afterwards where many of the competitors will be hoping to be.

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Competitors from around Africa descended on Abuja on Wednesday to partake in the Para Powerlifting World Cup.

The competition started with the 50-55kg (104lbs - 115lbs) senior female category, with seven competitors from Nigeria and one from Egypt.

"I am very, very pleased when I have a gold medal in Abuja, Nigeria and the second competition for me is in Fazah (Oman) in April," said Rehad Ahmed, the winner and only Egyptian athlete at the competition.

Franca Anigbogu, the second runner-up behind fellow Nigerian Ajiboye Rukayat, said, "When I go back now, I will not even sleep, I will start training morning and night, morning and night to make sure I meet my targets."

The tournament came to an end with the medal presentation to the best three athletes from the category.

The next Olympic Games are set to take place later this year in Tokyo, Japan, with the Paralympics scheduled for shortly afterwards where many of the competitors will be hoping to be.

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