The Nigeria’s powerlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Ndidi Nwosu died of complications from a lung infection, our correspondent has learnt.

Former head coach of the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation Aare Feyisetan made this known in a telephone chat with our correspondent.

According to Feyisetan, she died on March 1 following an injury she copped at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, where she also won gold.

“It’s a sad development and we are all unhappy. She was a great athlete and did the nation proud at different championships she attended. She will be missed. We pray for God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Ndidi became a professional powerlifter in 2008 and set a world record in Australia in 2018 after lifting 120kg as well and set a new record at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro after she lifted 140kg in the 73kg women’s class.

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