Technical Director, Nigeria
Para Powerlifting Federation, NPPF,
Ruel Ishaku, says the newly elected
board will put in place programmes
to boost the awareness of the sport
across the country.
Ishaku told the Newsmen  yesterday in Lagos
that he had always had the desire to
contribute to the development of the
“This is an opportunity I have
been waiting for long, it has finally
come. I want to use my position as
the technical director to introduce
the sport to states that are not active.
“I am well tutored in powerlifting
because as a former athlete and
coach, I understand the sport and
what it takes to bring significant
development to its technical aspect,’’
he said.
Ishaku assured the stakeholders
of his determination to turn the
fortunes of the sport round.
“I appreciate the support given
to me by the athletes during the
election that saw me into the
board of the federation as technical
“I promised to do my best; by the
grace of God, I will not fail them.
“I want to assure state coaches
of regular workshop and training
to keep them abreast of modern and update on the
rules of the game,” he said.
The technical director described
the coaches as the engine room of
the sport.
“Successes of our athletes at
international events will in no small
way encourage other physically
challenged persons in our society
to be interested in the sport.
“Many persons living with
physical disability still depend on
their families and the society at
large for their livelihood but there
is always ability in any disability,
they could channel their talents to
“Participation in powerlifting
has meaningfully engaged some
of us that some members of the
society see as liability,’’ he told
“Some of us today are
national heroes because we have
represented the nation at major
international competitions that
brought honour to Nigeria which
the able bodied who enjoyed more
attention could not achieve.
“I am proud to be identified with
this sport.’’
NAN reports that Ishaku was
elected unopposed as the technical
representative into the board of
NPPF at the para sports election in
Lagos on Jan. 30.
Ishaku was later appointed the
technical director by the board.
The election was monitored
by the Ministry of Youth and
Sports and the Nigeria Olympic
Committee. (NAN)

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