5th October, 2010
The feat recorded by schoolgirl Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo who won a gold medal in the 48kgÂ weightlifting event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in India is a morale booster forÂ Team Nigeria as they seek for more gold medals at the Games.
Nwaokolo defiled all odds to set a new Gamesâ€™ record in the weightlifting event yesterdayÂ leaving home girls Soniya Chanu and Sandhya Rani to win silver and bronze medalsÂ respectively.
Nwaokoloâ€™s success has opened the way for other Nigerian athletes who will be competingÂ in the boxing and wrestling events of the Games today with the hope of doing NigeriaÂ proud.
The pair of pugilists Ganiu Muideen and Lukman Lawal will fight in the 64kg and 75kgÂ categories respectively in the boxing event, while the hosts are already dreadingÂ Nigerian wrestlers who they see as their main opponents when the event gets underwayÂ today.
Monday Merontohun has already led the countryâ€™s male team to beat Kenya 3-0 in the tableÂ tennis event, while they will face Scotland in the next round of the event today.
Meanwhile, the Gamesâ€™ organising chief Suresh Kalmadi has disclosed that they are lookingÂ into the possibility of filling the empty seats with schoolchildren, anything has to beÂ better than turned up plastic seats.
Though about 2million tickets were made available for the multi-sport Games, but rumoursÂ have long circulated in the capital that the response has been lackluster amid delays inÂ finalising the sales network.