Team Nigeria that featured in the London 2012 Paralympics welcomed back to the country on Tuesday

The representative of the National Sports Commission, Mrs. Tayo Oreweme, took the athletes and officials to the National Stadium in Lagos for a reception.

The welcome party, organised in conjunction with O’Jez Restaurant, was attended by other disabled athletes who could not make the team to London.

The athletes, amid their celebration, called on the government to attend to their welfare and training facilities just as they hope to perform better at future events.

Ivory Nwokorie, a gold medallist in the women’s -44kg powerlifting event, said she went through a tough training schedule to be successful at the Games.

“Winning a medal at a world event did not come easy. We went through a lot especially having to train with substandard facilities. We hope the government will see to it that we have better training equipment,” Nwokorie said.

“What we saw in London has whetted our appetite. If we can win medals at the Paralympics after using substandard facilities, imagine what we can achieve if we had better equipment to train with.”

The Rivers State-born athlete said many of the Paralympians have nothing more to rely on but sports, and expect the government to aid them in the hope to have better lives.

Another gold medallist at the event, Grace Anozie, gave thanks to her family for the support she got when she chose sports and also called on the government to help the disabled athletes in realising their dream.

She said, “It is common for people to look down on the physically-challenged as beggars, but I’m happy and give glory to God that the gold I won has justified my im

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