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Nigeria yet to name team for Rio 2016 Paralympics


Yakubu Adesokan won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. PHOTO:

Yakubu Adesokan won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. PHOTO:

With just two weeks to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Nigeria Paralympics Committee (NPC) has yet to name the members of the Team to represent the country.

However, 18 athletes have qualified for the para-powerlifting and three for table tennis while six males and eight females had qualified for the athletics event as at July 31.

But the numbers of their accompanying officials have yet to be known.

The Games are slated for Sept. 7 to Sept. 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The athletes for Para-powerlifting and para-athletics are currently camped in Abuja, while the Para-table tennis players are in Lagos training at the Knock-up Hall of the National Stadium since May 29.

A Director in the Kwara Sports Council, Tunde Kazeem, said on Thursday that the NPC at the previous Games in London was represented by four codes — athletics, table tennis, tennis and para-powerlifting.

He said that Nigerians were hoping on the Paralympics Team to win medals after a poor outing of Team Nigeria at the just-concluded Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

NAN reports that at the London Games in 2012, the para-athletes won 13 medals comprising six gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Since Nigeria’s debut in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics in Spain, Nigeria have only participated in three sports except in 2012 where tennis feature but did not make meaningful impact.

It said that the country had accrued 26 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals in the Paralympics since the Barcelona Games.

It is worthy to note that South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee announced its paralympics Team on Jul. 19 and would participate in 10 sports.

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