Weightlifting Chairman lists achievements, promises partnership with SWAN
The Akwa Ibom State Weightlifting Association has expressed its determination to make the state proud in the sport at all levels.
The chairman, Pastor Anthony Bassey Etim who gave the assurance while playing host to the executive of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN),Akwa Ibom chapter, in Uyo recently, said so far, the state won 49 gold, 20 silver and 29 bronze medals in the last National Sports Festivals, while in the last National Youths Sports Festival, Akwa Ibom did not take the rare as it clinched 12 of gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medal as well.
The chairman mentioned some of the weightlifters which helped the state to scoop the laurels at competitions to include: Edidiong Umofia, Uwana Peter,Namsifon Ekanem; and Imaobong Uko , a track and field athlete whom he believed will go ahead to represent Nigeria in the international scene having excelled in the African and International championships.
He appreciated Governnor Udom Emmanuel for according sports and youths development as a priority in his administration.
Etim further extolled the governor for affording him and other members of the association the opportunity to serve on board and contribute to the development of sports in the state.
He hinted that soon after the association was inaugurated a meeting of the board was convenned followed with a visit to the Uyo Township Stadium to assess facilities for training of weightlifters, adding that for positive results in the game it was pertinent to have a standard training facility.
The chairman listed other attainments of the association to include: organizing a reception for weightlifters which participated at the Jigawa State Weightlifting Competition and prepared weightlifters for the postponed Edo National Sports Festiva, rescheduled for 2021.
He also said that arrangement was made to stage Oro Nation Youth Weightlifting Tournament was postponed due to the emergence of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) , which according to him will still hold, pending the situation the pandemic curve.
Etim, himself an ex- footballer, a weightlifter, and an athlete, informed that the Association of Local Government of Nigeria ( ALGON) was desirous to present youths from the 31 local government areas for weightlifting competition so as to harness talents in the sport.
He eulogized Governor Udom Emmanuel for approving the introduction of Akwa Ibom Youths Sports Festival, noted with delight that the tournament has immensely resulted in the discovery of talents in various sports,including weightlifting.
Etim, who is the chairman of Oron Local Government Area, expressediness of the association to partner SWAN towards the development of Weightlifting in the state just as he craved for effective coverage of sport by the media.
Earlier, the chairman, SWAN, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan said the visit was in continuation of the body’s farmilization tour to the 30 sports association in the state.
He stressed that the new executives of SWAN was prepared to collaborate with all the associations towards the development of sports in the state for the benefit of the teeming youths.
Akpan who doubles as the media officer of the Weightlifting Association , announced the plan of the association to hold a thanksgiving service on July 12, 2020 and invited the chairman and the entire board members to be part of the event scheduled at the Apostolic Church, Four Towns, Uyo.
Present at the visit were : the weightlifting coach, Mr Ekanem Ekanem and the secretary of the association/coach, Mr Peter Nyong.
In the SWAN team were: the vice chairman, Sir Anthony Effiong; secretary, Mr Theophilus Udoh, treasurer, Mr Patrick Titus and financial secretary, Mr Enefiok Ndon.