2014 Commonwealth Games: Nigerian weightlifters, boxers move to London

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ABUJA – No fewer than 30 athletes and officials of Team on Monday departed Abuja for a pre-tournament camping in London ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth in Glassgow, Scotland.

The athletes are the first batch of Team which left for London through the Murtala Mohammed International Airports, Lagos after arriving from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Eleven boxers and 15 weightlifters are on the first batch, while five five sports federations will join later.

The 11 boxers who departed for London comprised of eight males and three females, while the weightlifting team had eight males and seven lifters for the various categories.

The are scheduled to take place in Glasgow from July 23 to Aug. 3 and will see participate in seven sports, including Boxing, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Shooting, Athletics, Table Tennis and Para-Powerlifting.

Bolaji Ojo-Oba, the Director, Sports Federations and Elite Athletes and Development, told NAN on telephone the plan to keep the athletes close to Glasgow.

Ojo-Oba said the athletes would move into the Village in Glassgow on July 23 from their London pre-tournament .

“They are going straight into the various sports training camps from where they will move into the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village; ’s a pre-tournament ,’’ Ojo-Oba said.
He said the various sports federations would have their own of delegation as the team depart for the pre-tournament camping, while the “Chef de Mission’’ would take over when the Games begin.

Ojo-Oba, who failed to disclose when the sports would depart for London, revealed Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Director-General of the Sports Commission (NSC) would serve as Chef de Mission.

He also said that he (Ojo-Oba) would act as the deputy Chef de Mission.

Meanwhile, Efetobor Apochi, the captain of Nigeria’s boxing team to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said they were in high spirit heading into the pre-tournament camping.

Apochi told NAN over the telephone that the pre-tournament camping in the U.K. better than nothing after their foreign training tour of Cuba cancelled.

“The boxers are very ; this is not the for regret since the Cuban tour could not materialise.

“The energy we have is not for the negative but ,’’ Apochi said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]