The Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) has invited 12 weightlifters for a closed camping programme ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games slated for Gold Coast, Australia in April.

Seven female and five male weightlifters have been invited to camp.

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The female weightlifters invited to camp are Chika Amalaha (53kg), Fatima Yakubu (53kg), Monica Uweh, Augustina Nwaokolo (48kg), Ruth Ayodele (58kg), Chineye Fedelis and Victoria Adesanmi.

The male lifters are the African 85kg champion, Michael Anyalewechi, Gideon Aigbefoh, Olawale Oredugba, Rilwan Adekunle and Ademola Oginni.

The Secretary-General of NWF, Umar Lambu said on Thursday in Abuja that the camping would hold in three phases in Abuja.

He said the first phase of camping would begin on Sunday and end on Jan. 16, while the asecond phase will be from Jan. 17 to Feb. 16 and the third phase will hold from Feb. 17 to Feb. 28.

Before heading to the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will hold from April 4 to April 15, the weightlifters are expected to go on a month training tour in Europe by March.

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