By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria’s team to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games has arrived in Rio, Brazil Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
A total of 23 athletes accompanied by 12 officials including medical personnel, helpers, loaders and team administrators arrived at the games village Sunday evening, the special adviser on media to the sports minister Nneka Ikem-Anibeze revealed.
Six athletes will take part in para athletics, 14 in para powerlifting and three in para table tennis.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung urged the team to compete fairly and be of good behaviour at the games.
“I bring you warm greetings from the father of the nation President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr President sends his goodwill and encouragement which is reduced to “Go and make Nigeria proud,” Dalung was quoted in the press release.
“I congratulate you for qualifying for the Paralympic Games at a time the country is undergoing trials. One thing that amazes me about you is your determination, commitment and patriotism. As you go for the games, compete fairly, honestly and give it your best.”
The minister also urged the athletes to comport themselves and allow officials accompanying them to resolve any crisis that may arise.
“Whatever problems you may encounter, let us manage it very well. The idea of escalating our problems does not speak good of us as Nigerians.
“We at the ministry of Youth and Sports have resolved that any athlete who goes out to represent Nigeria, will receive his or her bonus directly. All allowances will be paid to you before the games end” Dalung assured.
The opening ceremony holds on Wednesday in Rio.