Team Bayelsa wins the first edition of the Para National Games

Team Bayelsa Friday in Abuja was champion of the first edition of the For National Games after carrying a total of 93 medals.

 

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Bayelsa won 31 gold, 30 silver and 32 bronze medals to win the Games held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.

Ismail Abubakar, Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Youth Development and Sport, who represented Minister Sunday Dare during the closing ceremony of the Games, praised the participating states.

 

He praised them for their cooperation during the seven-day event.

 

“I thank Almighty God for the great success recorded in the games and I also wish to express my deep gratitude to all the states that participated in this first edition.

I also thank all the team officials and athletes as well as the sponsors for all their participation,” Abubakar said.

 

Peter Nelson, chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Games, also said that the next edition of the competition would be more interesting than the first edition.

 

“Para athletes have been making the nation proud at international events and it is enough for the Federal Government to demonstrate through this event that the country means well for them.

That is why we can promise that the second edition of the National Para Games will be more interesting,” he said.

 

Nelson revealed that the second edition was expected to take place next year, while subsequent editions would be every two years.

 

“This was put in place to ease the burden on states, having to fund athletes for both the National Paralympic Games and the National Sports Festival in the same year,” he said.

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NAN reports that teams from 20 states and the FCT participated in the inaugural edition of the National Paralympic Games that began on Saturday.

 

Below are the top five positions in the Games’ final medal table:

 

States Gold Silver Bronze Total Position

 

Bayelsa 31 30 32 93 1st

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