Nigeria’s physically challenged athletes are suffering – Paralympics gold-medalist, Omolayo


TOKYO 2020 Paralympics gold-medalist, Bose Omolayo, has lamented the plight of the country’s physically challenged athletes.

Omolayo won the gold medal in the women’s 73kg para powerlifting on Sunday after lifting 141kg to set a new Paralympics record.

The gold medalist also called on the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, to fulfill his promises to them, while also asking President Muhammadu Buhari to support physically challenged athletes.

“Sunday Dare promised us and we want him to fulfil his promise to us. The car he promised us; he should make it a reality. Buhari too should not forget about us because the physically challenged athletes are suffering,” Omolayo said.

“Once there is no competition, we don’t have any money. Sometimes, we stand for a long time at the bus stop and there won’t be any vehicle to convey us to our destinations. Meanwhile, we need cars. We are even more in need of help. They should pity us,” she added.

She also said the inability of her teammates Lucy Ejike and Ibrahim Olaitan to win gold medals on Saturday demoralised her.

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