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Nine Para-athletes depart to Tunisia


para-olympicsNine Nigerian Para-athletes last night departed to Tunisia for the international Para-Athletics Grand Prix holding in Tunisia from today to March 26.

Speaking shortly before the athletes left Lagos for Tunis, President, Nigeria Para-Athletics Federation, Dr. Frank Thorpe, said attending the championship became necessary following the rule that states the grand prix would be used as one of the classification tournaments for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

He added: “Beside the classification, there is also a new minimum qualification standard introduced by the International Paralympic Committee and my federation does not want to be caught napping.”

Meanwhile, the Paralympic Committee has commended Hannah Babalola for winning four gold, four silver and one bronze medal at the Dubai Grand prix, which took place from February 19 to 26 and the Sharjah Para-Athletics championship held from February 27 to 28.

Hannah, who competed in T54 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 150m, also broke the African record in 100m.

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