Team Nigeria‘s athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games have won a total of 6 gold medals. Their heroic efforts and courage has brought glory to Nigeria. Even when their Olympian counterparts didn’t win a single medal, the Paralympians have picked up a clutch of medals. As at Wednesday September 5th, 2012 Nigeria’s Paralympics team had already won 12 medals, including six golds. The athletes have trained hard and have competed favorably with athletes from across the world.
Yesterday, the athletes made a list of demands which they expect President Goodluck Jonathan to meet as they await compensation for their heroic efforts at the Games. At their camp in London, some members of the team told Vanguard their expectations from the President when they return back to Nigeria.
“I want the President to first of all give us a resounding reception when we get back home. And after that he should begin to address the issues hindering the development of Paralympics sports in Nigeria. We know what we go through during our training. Imagine our situation in Nigeria when as disabled people we have to struggle to get transportation back home, because we cannot get into the regular buses, we have to take taxis and we spend more money than our other colleagues.” - Grace Anozie, a gold medallist in the women’s powerlifting +82kg category.
“There are a lot of people like me who would want to go into sport but they don’t have money. The President must take interest in our sports. We need to go on coaching courses, we need to train our officials so that we don’t get cheated at international events just like was done to me.” - Folasade Oluwafemiayo, a silver medalist in the women’s powerlifting -75kg category.
“When we were coming here they begged us to spare Nigeria the embarrassment of not winning a medal. They said we must deliver and now we have delivered, so they must give us the honour that befits our achievements.” - Victoria Nneji, a bronze medalist in the women’s powerlifting -67.5kg category.
Here’s a breakdown of our medal table
Powerlifting (Men’s – 48kg) – Adesokan Yakubu
Powerlifting (Women’s – 44kg) – Nwokorie Ivory
Powerlifting (Women’s – 48kg) – Oyema Esther
Powerlifting (Women’s – 52kg) – Onaolapo Joy
Powerlifting (Women’s – 82.50kg) – Obiji Loveline
Powerlifting (Women’s +82.50kg) – Anozie Grace
Powerlifting (Men’s – 52 kg) – Obichukwu Ikechukwu
Powerlifting (Men’s – 56kg) – Ulonnam Anthony
Powerlifting (Men’s – 56kg) – Nnajiofor Ifeanyi
Powerlifting (Women’s – 56kg) – Ejike Lucy
Powerlifting (Women’s – 75kg) – Oluwafemiayo Folashade
Powerlifting (Women’s – 67.50kg) – Nneji Victoria
Well done Team Nigeria!