Bayelsa born International Power Lifter, Erepaei Sunday has disclosed that there are enormous benefits in power lifting as he urged the federal government to harness power lifting as an avenue to empower youth through strength and power sports.
Addressing journalist in Abuja, Sunday also know as Sunny power noted that through constant competition in power lifting a lot of young people will be gainfully employed thereby reducing youth unrest in the country.
Sunny power, who is also the president of World Power Lifting Federation of Nigeria, stated that awareness of the sport was low in Nigeria despite its international acceptance as he maintained that he has concluded plans to partner with the F.G through the office of the minister for youth and sports to increase awareness and acceptance of the sport.
‘I will be working with all 36 states of the federation through their commissioners and directors of sports’’ he said.
He explained that collaborations with stakeholders in sports development will attract international investors into the country to support and sponsor power lifting events.
‘‘Constant engagement with stakeholders and talks about strength and power sports, catch them young, talent hunting with cash awards will always be in our events. Annual coaching seminar will be organised to improve our techniques’’ he said.
The award winning power lifter also added that his mission is to see that power lifting and strongest man sports are included in the national sports festival in the country, disclosing that plans are in top gear to establish a power sports academy in the country for proper training of youths.
Sunny power however appealed to government at all levels to support the age long sport which has giving him international exposure and a carrier.