25 August 2016
With just two weeks to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, the Nigeria Paralympics Committee (NPC) has yet to name the members of the Team to represent Nigeria.
The Games are slated for Sept. 7 to Sept. 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Athletes for Para-powerlifting and Para-athletics are currently camped in Abuja, however, while the Para-table-tennis players are in Lagos training at the Knock-up Hall of the National Stadium.
They started camping since May 29.
A Director at the Kwara Sports Council, Tunde Kazeem, recalled on Thursday that the NPC featured athletes in four games at the Games in London in 2012 — athletics, table-tennis, tennis and Para-powerlifting.
At the London Games, the para-athletes won 13 medals comprising six gold, five silver and two bronze.
Since Nigeria’s debut in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics in Spain, Nigeria have only participated in three sports except in 2012 where tennis featured but did not make meaningful impact.
Nigeria has so far won 26 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals in the Paralympics since the Barcelona Games.
Nigerians are hoping on the Paralympics Team to win medals after a poor outing of Team Nigeria at the just-concluded Olympics Games in Rio.
Fellow African country, South Africa announced their Paralympics team since July 19 and would participate in 10 sports.