By Oladipupo Mojeed with agency report
The Para-lifters have expressed delight with Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, makers of Peak Milk for refurbishing their gymnasium at the National Stadium, Lagos.
As a result of this repair, the athletes will soon have a modern facility to train and for competition,
The renovation of the weightlifting gymnasium which began on June 13 is expected to be completed by August with state-of-the-art equipment installed.
The project, which cover working stations such as training equipment, changing rooms for the users before and after training, conveniences and an electricity generator is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
WAMCO also provides nutritional support which started in December 2016 with the monthly supply of Peak Milk to the national team of the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation (NPPF).
Some of the athletes and other users who spoke to NAN on Tuesday in Lagos expressed delight with the development, saying that the renovation of the dilapidated gymnasium would bring great improvement to the sport.
Oluwafemi Folashade, an 86kg 2012 Paralympic gold medallist, described the renovation as the best thing that has ever happened to the lifters who had been training under discomposure.
Folashade, who applauded the company for coming to their rescue, said the renovated gymnasium would go a long way to boost athletes’ zeal for training.
“I believe that our days of training for and out of competitions under adversity are over,” she said.
Tolulope Taiwo, a Paralympian said that the development has brought light to the sport which by extension will affect the Para-lifters that make use of the gymnasium.
Taiwo said the renovation of the gymnasium would uplift the state of the sport also enhance training for the users.
“Now we are training outside because of the work going on in the gymnasium and we don’t mind because it is something that we have been praying for.
“The joy of the whole thing is that very soon our gymnasium will be comparable with those we make use of when we travel for international competitions,” he said.
Bose Omolayo, 2016 a gold medallist in the women’s -79kg Powerlifting event said that, the project was a significant way of identifying with the para-lifters in their quest to sustain their passion in bringing honour to the nation in major Games.
Speaking, Dayo Bulus, Secretary of the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation (NPPF) said the wind of change has blown in the direction of the sport at a time of dire need.
Bolus said, that the current refurbishment of the dilapidated gymnasium in the National Stadium Lagos, which started in June was expected to be ready by August.
The gymnasium located in the National Stadium, Lagos was built in 1972 by Gen. Yakubu Gowon military regime.