International weightlifting referee commends NSC for ensuring athletes’ foreign training tour

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LAGOS – Reginal Briggs, an international weightlifting referee, has commended the National Sports Commission (NSC) for ensuring the country’s contingent embarked on a training tour ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth .

Briggs told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on in Lagos the training tour would augment the preparations the athletes have had while camping in the country.

Some and 15 weightlifters, made up of eight male and seven female, departed the country on Monday from Abuja for a training in London.

“This step is commendable. It goes a long way to show government’s commitment in ensuring our athletes are adequately prepared for a outing at the .

“The preparations started quite early, and the significant thing about their (the athletes) camping was that they were trained under the supervision of competent technical and knowledgeable coaches.[eap_ad_1]

“The tour is also an opportunity for and the athletes to evaluate their preparedness and also expose them to the modern which will be used at the ,’’ the referee said.

Briggs, however, called on the athletes to be good ambassadors by observing the competitions’ rules and regulations.

“They must represent the well. I am sure that they are familiar with the regulations.

“The athletes and their coaches should not engage in anything that will endanger their chances of competing or winning good medals at the Games,’’ he said.

Briggs, who is also the Head Coach of River Weightlifting Federation, advised the athletes to have confidence in their abilities and not to give room for any form of intimidation.

“Once they have confidence and do away with stage-freight, I am optimistic that they will do well because they have all it takes to be world-beaters,’’ he said.

The weightlifters were selected based on their individual performances at the national trials held in Abuja.(NAN)[eap_ad_4]