Lagos - Sunlola Johnson, President, Para-Powerlifting Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) on Monday appealed to corporate organisations to assist the body by sponsoring its athletes to the 2016 Paralympic qualifiers.
Johnson told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the major challenge facing the federation was finance.
"Our major constraint is finance. Last year, the National Sports Commission (NSC) helped to attended not less than five championships.
"We are appealing to corporate organisations and sports enthusiasts to kindly assist us because the government cannot do it alone," he said.
Johnson said the first of the qualifiers was billed for February 2013 in Dubai.
He noted that the PPFN planned to commence training for the athletes early, to be able to realise its objectives at the championships.
"We want to start preparing our athletes from now; we do not want a situation where our image at the world scene will diminish," he said.
Johnson said that if given the opportunity to attend all the qualifiers before the 2016 Games, the athletes would not disappoint the country.
"We need to attend regular championships to prepare our athletes to be able to surpass our records at the 2012 Paralympics.
"We will not disappoint our country but we need the support of well-meaning Nigerians," he said.
The PPFN president said that some of the athletes discovered at the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos would also be tried at the championships.
He said that with good exposure, they could be nurtured to stardom.