Bayelsa born International Power Lifter, Erepaei Sunday has disclosed that there are enormous benefits in powerlifting as he urged the federal government to harness powerlifting as an avenue to empower youth through strength and power sports.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Sunday also known as Sunny power noted that through constant competition in powerlifting a lot of young people will be gainfully employed thereby reducing youth unrest in the country.

Sunny power, who is also the president of the 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 powerlifting 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 seminars will be organised to improve our techniques’’ he said.

The award-winning powerlifter also added that his mission is to see that powerlifting 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 the government at all levels to support the age long sport which has given him international exposure and a career.

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