NDSF Selects 85 For Deaflympics

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Special atheletes waiting for their events

No fewer than 85 athletes in athletics, football, badminton and table tennis have been selected by the Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) from the just-concluded Deaflympic Games trial in Ilorin.
The federation’s Secretary, Lukman Agbabiaka, made this disclosure on Sunday in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen.
He said the athletes were selected for the forthcoming Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey in July and the West Africa Deaf Football Championship scheduled for Bamako, Mali next month.
The Tidesports source reports that the trials began on April 18 and ended on Saturday, April 22, with all events decided at the Kwara Stadium Complex.
Agbabiaka, who praised the standard of the trials, said that the selected footballers would report for a 10-day camping in Lagos from Monday, in preparation for the Mali championship.
According to him, all the selected athletes will also be camped in preparation for the Deaflympic Games.
He added that the aim was for the federation to surpass its previous achievements recorded in the Deaflympics.
Tidesports source reports that 23 players were selected for football after round robin matches among the participating states, while six players were selected in badminton.
Forty-four athletes, both male and female, have been penciled down and are expected to compete in 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, triple jump, discus, javelin, shot put, 1500m, 800m, 5000m and relays in the Deaflympics.
The West Africa Deaf Football tournament will come up in Bamako, Mali in May, while the Deaflympics holds in Samsun, Turkey between July 18 and July 30.