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`Hurricane Sandy' affects Nigeria's power lifters

01 November 2012, 16:14

Lagos - The Nigeria Professional Power lifting Association (NPPA) has lamented the delay in the departure of its athletes for the International Power lifting Championships in Puerto Rico which it blamed on Hurricane Sandy.

The association’s Secretary, Peter Oluwo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the lifters were not happy because of the development.

NAN reports that the championship which began on Oct. 29 is expected to end on Nov. 4 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

But due to Hurricane Sandy (storm) which has grounded hundreds of U.S. destined flights worldwide has in effect also disrupted the travelling plans of the country’s power lifters.

‘’Our lifters are yet to travel for the championship because of the storm, that has affected flights to U.S where they will board another flight for the host country.

‘’The athletes who are fully prepared for the competition, are unhappy because of the development, he said.

Oluwo said that he was hopeful that the athletes could still travel at short notice to join their counterparts for the championship. 

‘’We are hoping they can still travel this night for the competition,’’ Oluwo said.

NAN reports that the tournament is an annual competition in the calendar of the International Power lifting Federation (IPF).



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