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2020 Paralympics: Nigeria finish Africa’s 4th best

Team Nigeria finished in the 33rd on the medals table as the 2020 Paralympic Games end in Tokyo yesterday with superlative closing ceremony.

With a total number of ten medals won including four gold, a silver and five bronze, Team Nigeria finished as the fourth best African team behind Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Represented by only 22 athletes, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics had one of Team Nigeria’s smallest contingents to an international competition and yet her ten medals were just two short of twelve, her record number of medals won at a Paralympic Games.

According to Team Nigeria’s Chef de Mission, Mr. Peter Nelson who is also the Director of Planning, Monitoring and Information in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the athletes did Nigeria proud, considering their number.

It is awesome and quite remarkable what we have achieved at this Paralympic Games,” Nelson remarked. “We want to use this medium to appreciate the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, for his enormous support, in making sure that Team Nigeria recorded huge successes. Our dreams and plans came to reality.”

Meanwhile, Tokyo bid a colourful farewell to the Paralympics yesterday after 12 days of stereotype-defying, record-shattering performances despite a year-long pandemic delay.

International Paralympic Committee chief Andrew Parsons declared the Games closed on a cool night in the Olympic Stadium, saying they had “not just been historic, they’ve been fantastic”.

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