The issues that emanated from the recently concluded main Olympic Games in Rio Brazil still lingers in the mind of many Nigerians, and here comes the Paralympic games which will be held between September 7-18 in the same city looking like another looming failure.
Let us cut the Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung some slack here! He only joined the ministry in November 2015, except the ministry and the NPC would say he halted their plans towards this year’s Olympics. If otherwise, why does it seem like there was no plan in place after 2012 Olympics?
It is a fact that Nigerian Para-athletes always deliver, and with a little more encouragement from the appropriate quarters medals will pour in of course from the usual events being Athletics and Powerlifting, It is also important to note that from Barcelona 1992 till London 2012,Nigeria has only participated in four events (Table Tennis and Tennis including Athletics and Paralifting) out of about 20 sports. The total number of sports in this year’s games is about 23, yet Nigeria will be represented in just three (Powerlifting,Table Tennis and Athletics) which shows the level of development in the nation’s sports.
When the Paralympic games begin, Nigerians back home can only remain hopeful and trust the athletes who would be at Rio to be at their best. There may be no Japanese largess this time, please be warned!