Team Nigeria to Rio Paralympic Games departs

Nigeria’s contingent to
the Rio 2016 Paralympic
Games will depart today
to Brazil for the games billed for
September 7th to 18th.

The Paralympic Committee
Nigeria in conjunction with the
Ministry of Youth and Sports has
named 23 athletes and six coaches
that will represent Nigeria at the
games that follows the just-ended
Olympics.

Director of Press in the Ministry
of Youth and Sports, Mr. Tolu
Makinde, disclosed this to National
Mirror yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, the ministry
has concluded every arrangement
for the athletes to travel to Brazil,
with the Minister, Mr. Solomon
Dalung, expected to bid the team
farewell by 12noon today at the High Performance Centre within
the National Stadium, Abuja.

It will be recalled that paralympic
contingent in 2012 won a total
of 12 medals comprised of six
gold, five silver and one bronze.
Meanwhile, the Media Officer
of the Paralympic Committee Nigeria,
Mr. Patrick Ibeh, said last
Sunday that Team Nigeria will
compete in three sports where
it has comparative advantage,
namely para-athletics, power-lifting
and table-tennis.

The Paralympic Games had
always been a saving grace for Nigeria,
whenever the able-bodied
athletes failed to win medals at
previous main Olympics and the
athletes are expected to repeat the
feat this year, with Team Nigeria
winning only a solitary bronze
medal through men’s football in
Rio last month.