The Paralympic Committee of Nigeria (PCN) and the Ministry of Sports, have announced a list of 23 athletes and six coaches that would represent the country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The competition will take place between September 7 and 18.
PCN’s Media Officer, Mr. Patrick Ibeh, who made the list public, also confirmed that Nigeria will be competing in only three sports: athletics, powerlifting and table tennis.
Those that will compete in athletics are Hannah Babalola, Eucharia Iyiazi, Lauritta Onye, Lovina Onyegbule, Flora Ugwunwa and Friday Aibangbe. Patrick Aieto and Adekunle Adesoji are the two coaches.
The athletes for powerlifting include Nsini Ben, Lucy Ejike, Ndidi Nwosu, Bose Omolayo, Josephine Orji, Esther Onyema and Latifat Tijani, Yakubu Adesokan, Roland Ezuruike, Abdulazeez Ibrahim, Nnamdi Innocent, Opeyemi Jegede, Paul Kehinde and Tolulope Taiwo. The coaches are Prince Are Feyisetan, Luke Ibeh (both men) and Patience Igbiti (female).
Faith Obiorah, Ahmed Koleosho and Emmanuel Nick will compete in table tennis, with Chinedu Njoku as their coach.
Nigeria won 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the last Paralympic Games in London 2012.