Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
Rotarian Chiemeka Charles Ezenwanne has been elected as the President of Para Powerlifting Federation of Nigeria. In a keenly contested election in Abuja on Friday, July 15, Chiemeka Ezenwanne overwhelmingly defeated all the other contestants with commanding support from across Nigeria.
Ezenwanne has promised to take the sport of Para Powerlifting to a higher level in Nigeria by engaging the best hands from all over the country and abroad.
A representative of the Southeast Zone, Ezenwanne undertook a nationwide campaign that won him support from all the geo-political zones of the country.
My good friend, Sports Minister Sunday Dare had ensured a level playing field for a transparent election devoid of the quondam shenanigans.
The hardworking Minister insisted that all the candidates must be duly accredited members of the Para Powerlifting Federation as opposed to the uncanny entry of politicians into the process by displacing the real Para Powerlifting athletes.
A dogged fighter for just causes, Chiemeka Ezenwanne insisted on undertaking all the processes as laid out by Minister Sunday Dare. He convinced the members of the federation that the time is ripe for all of them to take their destiny in their hands under his presidency.
Ezenwanne was thus elected in a carnival-like atmosphere with all the members congratulating him for a well-deserved victory.
A reputable leader who has over the years played a leading role in Rotary International, Chiemeka Charles Ezenwanne hails from Umuchu in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He has from early in life been a sports enthusiast who sponsored and organized sporting competitions from his local government to the urban city of Onitsha and eventually in the Lagos metropole.
He has been a shining light in the Para Powerlifting sport which made its debut globally during the 1984 Summer Olympics.
With Chiemeka Charles Ezenwanne in the saddle, Para Powerlifting shall not be the same again as it will go a few notches higher in Nigeria.