The inability of the able body Athletes to deliver may be a good reason to give more attention to the physically challenged Nigerian paralympians who severally have displayed extraordinary abilities. Especially in their heroic performances at the just concluded paralympic games in Rio. 2016.
While the able body athletes struggled all through Rio Olympics in August, would have returned empty handed if not for the one miserable Bronze Medal won by the men's football team. The physically challenged won a total of 12 medals - 8Gold, 2Silvers and 2 Bronze.
It got me thinking, I don't know about you.
Most countries of the world would rather promote their strength and use it to cover their weakness. The paralympic athletes have severally shown over the recent years that in them lies the Nigerian strength. They have done the country proud in various sporting events ... doing what the able bodied athletes cannot do for Nigeria.
We can use these paralympians to brand Nigeria in a specially way. Take for instance, the power lifters, their extraordinary display of strength and power... Never you ever think that the paralympics is easier. It was also a global competition in their category... very challenging
LIST OF MEDAL WINNERS
Gold / 8
ATHLETICS WOMEN’S JAVELIN THROW – F53/54UGWUNWA FloraATHLETICS
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT – F40ONYE Lauritta
POWERLIFTING MEN’S -54 KGEZURUIKE Roland
POWERLIFTING MEN’S -65 KGKEHINDE Paul
POWERLIFTING WOMEN’S +86 KGORJI Josephine
POWERLIFTING WOMEN’S -61 KGEJIKE Lucy
POWERLIFTING WOMEN’S -73 KGNWOSU Ndidi
POWERLIFTING WOMEN’S -79 KGOMOLAYO Bose
Silver / 2
POWERLIFTING WOMEN’S -45 KG TIJANI Latifat
POWERLIFTING WOMEN’S -55 KG OYEMA Esther
Bronze / 1
POWERLIFTING MEN’S -72 KG INNOCENT Nnamdi