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National Para Games will Unearth New Talents for the Future - Sports Minister

December, 7 2023.

Games will also prepare Team Nigeria for 2024 Paralympic Games

The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh has stated that the second edition of the National Para Games holds immense potential for discovering and unearthing new talents who will represent the nation with pride in the world of para sports in the near future.

The Minister made the statement during a briefing in Abuja, as the nation eagerly awaits the opening ceremony of the 2023 National Para Games on Friday, December 8.

"The National Para Games is not just about competition and winning medals," said Senator Enoh. "It is a platform to showcase the incredible talent and determination of our athletes with disabilities. We are confident that this event will unearth new stars who will go on to achieve great things for the nation on the international stage."

"Stars like Yakubu Adesokan, Lucy Ejike, Esther Onyeama, Eucharia Iyiazi and others have been successful for Team Nigeria over the years, but they are approaching the twilight of their careers. We will need other athletes to fill the void and take over.

"We believe that every individual, regardless of their physical abilities, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential in sports," he added. "The National Para Games is a testament to this belief, and we are excited to witness the emergence of future champions."

He expressed his confidence that the event will be a resounding success, further fostering inclusivity and promoting para sports in the country.

Nigeria has won a whopping 80 medals at the Paralympic Games, which comprises 40 Gold, 19 silver and 20 bronze medals from the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games till date. Senator Enoh thanked all athletes for their hard work and consistency.

The Games will be held between December 8-14 in the capital city of Abuja, with athletes from across the federation conglomerating in the Center of Excellence.


The Media Office of the Honourable Minister of Sports Development.

December 7, 2023.

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