Sunday, August 28, 2016 4:47 pm
Media Officer of the Paralympic Committee Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Ibeh who made the list available, said Nigeria would be competing in only three sports where she has comparative advantage at the Games. The sports are Athletics, Powerlifting and Table-tennis.
Ibeh informed that six athletes made up of five females and one male would compete in athletics events, while 14 athletes (7 males and 7 females) are to take part in powerlifiting events. Table-tennis has only three athletes (2 males and 1 female) representing the country.
Competing in athletics events are Hannah Babalola, Eucharia Iyiazi, Lauritta Onye, Lovina Onyegbule, Flora Ugwunwa and Friday Aibangbe, the only male athlete while Patrick Aieto and Adekunle Adesoji are the two coaches.
Those for powerlifting include, Nsini Ben, Lucy Ejike, Ndidi Nwosu, Bose Omolayo, Josephine Orji, Esther Onyema and Latifat Tijani, while Yakubu Adesokan, Roland Ezuruike, Abdulazeez Ibrahim, Nnamdi Innocent, Opeyemi Jegede, Paul Kehinde and Tolulope Taiwo are to compete in the men’s category.
The coaches are Prince Are Feyisetan, Luke Ibeh (both men) and Patience Igbiti (female).
Faith Obiorah (female), Ahmed Koleosho (male) and Emmanuel Nick (male) are those for table-tennis with Chinedu Njoku as their coach.
Secretary General of the Paralympics Committee Nigeria, Dr. Frank Thorpe who departed for Rio at the weekend ahead of the commencement of the Games has commended the Sports Ministry for not neglecting the Paralympics athletes, but providing a level playing ground for them, while the president of PCN, Monday Emoeghavwe is optimistic of the Team Nigeria’s good outing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games.
It would be recalled that Nigeria won 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at the last Paralympic Games in London 2012.