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Paralympians promise better performance at African Games, Olympics



Some Paralympians on Saturday promised better performance at the coming African Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Paralympians made the pledge at the 2019 Olympic Day held at the open field of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set the month of June aside as a movement and activity promoting mass participation in sports.

The Olympic day celebration had in attendance the Secretary-General of NOC, Oladapo Olabanji and the Head of NOC Games, Olumide Oyedeji.

Others in attendance were the Chairman, Sports for All, NOC, Anthony Oyetayo, member, NOC Marketing Cmmittee, Bunmi Ogunfunwa, athletes and Para-athletes.

The events at the Olympic Day celebration included Walk-out, Tug of War, Rope games and Para-relay race.

Speaking to NAN on their readiness to do the nation proud in spite of their challenges which includes funding, a Para-Basketball player, Deborah Ofuali, was upbeat of her performance at the Games.

“Today is another to celebrate Olympics and also to remind us about preparation towards the Olympic Games come next year.

“We have been the star attraction for the country in recent years due to our performances and next year will not be an exception.

“We are stepping up our preparation toward the African Games and the Tokyo 2020. We want to win more medals for the country.

“Although our major challenge is funding which often affects our preparation for the Games early, yet we are always out to do our very best,’’ she said.

Another Paralympian, and a gold medalist, Enwerem Chika, said she was looking forward to the next African Games to defend her 100 meters Para-athletics race.

“I am looking forward to defend my title, but for now, I am the champion of the 100m Para-athletics race.

“I am also looking forward to the Olympics where Nigeria always dominated the world because we have many champions among us.

“What we need now is for the government to recognise us as they do to others because we have showed in the past years that we are champions of the world,’’ she said.