Sports Minister, Amokachi Welcome Back Heroic Paralympians

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and the Special Assistant on Sports to President Buhari, Daniel Amokachi led a rousing welcome for the first batch of Team Nigeria’s Paralympians who returned home from Tokyo, Japan.

The athletes, mainly the power lifters, arrived in Lagos aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight to the warm welcome of the Minister, Amokachi, as well as an appreciable number of journalists and supporters.

At the short reception held at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Dare and Amokachi praised the athletes for giving their best and doing the nation proud.

Dare also commend them for competing fairly and holding their own against some of the best Paralympians in the world.

“You have done us proud. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is happy with you,” Dare said. “Nigerians are happy with you and all we can say now to all of you is ‘thank you'”

“It is not just about the colour of medals around your necks. Whether you have a medal round your necks or not. You have demonstrated that you have great abilities inspite of your challenges.”

“You should also be happy and proud of yourselves. You broke records, set some new world records, received standing ovations many times and held your own against the best and kept your heads up,” Dare concluded.

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