Governor Godswill Akpabio
Governor Godswill Akpabio Monday declared open the Uyo 2013 National Weightlifting Championship with the assurance that the state would continue supporting the game.
The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in charge of Sports, Dr Ime Umodioh, said he was impressed with the performance of the country in weightlifting, assuring the federation that he would throw his weight behind the game to sustain its growth.
Akpabio noted that Akwa Ibom has produced great lifters for the country.
"We will discover new talents that will step into the shoes of the like of Patrick Bassey, Lawrence Iquaibom and Cosmas Samson who are all Akwa Ibom sons who have done this great country proud at the international scene."
NWF President, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche in his welcome address charged all the lifters to strive to win by fair means and to stay out of drugs.
Twenty states are in Uyo for the championship which ends on Friday.
Mondays colourful ceremony was one in which two kid lifters aged five years respectively from Cross River thrilled the crowd at the Ibom Hall, venue of the competition.
Coach of the kid lifters, Helen Mathew, said she is grooming the kids to win medals for the country in another 12 years.
Nwuche who was thrilled with the performance of the kids vowed to monitor their performance even as he decorated them with gold medals.