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Rio 2016: Committee Yet To Name Nigerian Paralympics Team

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Just two weeks to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Nigeria Paralympics Committee (NPC) is yet to name the members of the Team to represent the country.

However, 18 athletes have qualified for the para-powerlifting and three for table tennis while six males and eight females had qualified for the athletics event as at July 31.

But the numbers of the accompanying officials are  yet to be known.

The Games are slated for September 7 to September 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The athletes for Para-powerlifting and para-athletics are currently camped in Abuja, while the Para-table tennis players are in Lagos training at the Knock-up Hall of the National Stadium since May 29.

A Director in the Kwara Sports Council, Tunde Kazeem, said on Thursday that the NPC at the previous Games in London was represented by four codes — athletics, table tennis, tennis and para-powerlifting.

He said that Nigerians were hoping on the Paralympics Team to win medals after a poor outing of Team Nigeria at the just-concluded Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tidesports gathered that at the London Games in 2012, the para-athletes won 13 medals comprises  six gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Since Nigeria’s debut in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics in Spain, Nigeria have only participated in three sports except in 2012 where tennis feature but did not make meaningful impact.

It said that the country had accrued 26 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals in the Paralympics since the Barcelona Games.

It is worthy to note that South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee announced its paralympics Team on July. 19 and would participate in 10 sports.

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Imminent Return Of Sports Excites Captain

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Abia warriors Captain and home-based Super Eagles defender, Austin Obaroakpo has stated that the imminent return of sports is a good development for every player and all stakeholders of sports.
Speaking in a chat with  Tidesports source, Obaroakpo said it’s a thing of joy for footballers that have been out of action in the last six months and the accompanying effects of the Lockdown which inhibited players from been able to travel abroad for trials and other opportunities.
It’s a thing of joy not just for only me but for the entire Nigeria Football Federation because we are resuming football after been out of football for close to six months. So it’s a thing of joy for everybody. And those traveling outside and those traveling abroad for trials it will be a good one for them and for everybody. It’s a good development and for sports in general.

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Ikhana Makes Case For Former Falcons’ Players

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Former Super Falcons Coach, Khadiri Ikhana, has stated that one of the former Super Falcons players should be given the job to coach the women’s senior national team.
Ikhana told Tidesports source in a chat that the former Falcons players were all brought up in Nigeria with the experience to guide these younger players, and also have the technical ability for the role.
“Most of the players that grew up from the female team are brought up in this country,”
“They have the experience, the woman experience to guide these girls because they know what they are up to”.
“They have the technical ability, they’ve played the game to a stage whereby, even without going for coaching course, they can become a coach.”
“They have good managers, you know, I can make mention of their names but, this is not the time we all know them you know, we have so many of them you know, that can do the job so, why not call three or four of them to handle the job. “Ikhana concluded.
Ikhana was appointed manager of the Nigerian women’s national team in April 2012, before resigning in November 2012.

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Continental Engagement Is A Rush Programme – Musa

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Kano Pillars boss, Ibrahim Musa has expressed delight in the lifting of restrictions on contact sports but stressed that the continental engagement is now a rush programme for himself and other league teams expected to campaign on the continent.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Musa said the lockdown period has robbed his team and other continental bound teams in the Nigeria Premier league of quality preparation time and will now have to simply rush through this period to be able to get set for continental onslaught.
“I’m happy and very well appreciate the Federal Government and the Football Federation after lifting the ban. We coaches in Nigeria especially those of us that have continental engagements have to be very careful because it’s like an outstanding debt because we should have been training since five months ago but we didn’t do anything no training, no friendlies no anything and now we get the opportunity and we start continental very soon, so we need to enter some pre season tournaments. “

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