I was mocked when i started playing football as sports –Says Kehinde
Written by freshfm on January 31, 2019
World Para-power lifting record holder and silver medalist at the Nigeria 2019 International Para-Power lifting Championships Paul Kehinde has said he was mocked when he started the sport, attributing his success to his dedication and hard work.
Kehinde, who is a Paralympic and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, lost the gold medal to compatriot Mufutau Rasaq at the competition, which ended on Wednesday at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
The 32-year-old, who competes in the men’s 65kg, could only lift 185kg, which was below his 201kg world record.
“I’m unhappy that I couldn’t win gold at home and also extend my world record but I am happy that I was able to win a medal. I am nursing an injury which has not allowed me to perform at my full capacity since the National Sports Festival last year,” he said.
On his journey in the sport, Kehinde is happy his success has put those who mocked him to shame.
“When I started power lifting, a lot of people were making jest of me because they couldn’t understand how a person with disability would be lifting weights. It has not been a smooth journey because the challenges were much.
“There was difficulty in transporting myself from my home in Ikorodu to the stadium each time I had to train. Sometimes, I had to beg for money from people to go for training. But when those who mocked me see me today, they realize that I hadn’t wasted my time. I am happy that God has made me a source of inspiration to many people.”
He said he started the sport as a hobby and had only the support of his parents.
“I started the sport as a hobby but today it has become a source of income and recognition for me. I used to join some guys in our area in Ikorodu to lift weights until 2005, when I was introduced to the National Stadium,” Kehinde added.