You are here
Home > Buhari > We want to meet Buhari –Medallists

We want to meet Buhari –Medallists

Please follow and like us:

  • 0
  • Share

Festus Abu

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games  para powerlifting gold  medallists Esther Oyema,  Rowland Ezuruike, as well as silver medallist Lucy Ejike have expressed their delight  that Nigeria is in the limelight  because of their efforts.

Oyema on Tuesday broke   her world record to win the Commonwealth Games powerlifting event for the third consecutive time after lifting  131kg  in the women’s lightweight  to win gold.

Ezuruike won men’s lightweight gold ahead of defending champion Paul Kehinde after lifting  188kg and 194kg to score  224.3 points. Ejike came second behind Oyema.

The athletes said they are looking forward to meeting President Muhammadu Buhari after the Games.

Oyema said, “I feel so excited because it was like a film to me.

“I was anxious about winning gold at the Games. I had to start the process of cutting down on my body weight,  because I was already in the heavyweight class and I knew I needed a lot of hard work to shed about 10kg. My coach Pat Ibite encouraged me so I started training for it. If I didn’t work on my body weight, I wouldn’t have set a new world record today.”

 The 35-year-old added, “Today I have made sacrifices to make my country proud. I have won gold and set a  third  world record. I would  like to meet President Buhari. I want him to make us proud too.”

Oyema lamented para-athletes  are  often ignored by the country  despite setting world records, calling for  Buhari  to change things this time round.

She said, “Most of us are well educated but we can’t find good jobs,  because of our physical challenges. I do this competition with passion because I love what I’m doing. Today, everybody wants to felicitate with us but after the Games, we will be forgotten. We are not recognised despite being number one in the world in para powerlifting.

There are so many of us on the streets out there looking for food to eat. They are  Paralympic and world champions but nobody knows them anymore because they are no longer competing so I want the President to recognize us and put us in the right position.”

 Ezurike, who  echoed Oyema’s complaints, however   said he was not happy winning   gold medal by  beating his friend and world record holder Kehinde.

He said, “It’s an honour for me to beat a world champion. He is one of the greatest in powerlifting. He beat me in the last Commonwealth Games and I defeated him in this year’s. I’m happy not just because of the gold medal but the person I beat.”

Ezurike added, “What they expected from us, we have given it to them and I know that Mr President will do something for us. Sport  is all about encouragement and motivation. They say that to whom much is expected, much is given. I think we have given them our best and we are expecting from them. I have finished my part and I want our dear President to invite us to Aso Villa for a reception. That is my dream.”

.Copyright PUNCH.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

Contact: [email protected]

(Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)


We guarantee 37% Bi-weekly profit by professionally trading your forex, cryptocurrency,binary accounts for you.WhatsApp:+2348030797998. click here for details.

Facebook Comments

Please follow and like us:

  • 0
  • Share

Leave a Reply