Para-Athletes Protest Alleged Exclusion From National Sports Festival

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Some physically-challenged athletes on Wednesday protested their alleged exclusion from the National Sports Festival scheduled to hold from November 28 to December 10, 2022.

The para-athletes staged the protest in the Surulere area of Lagos by the National Stadium, paralysing vehicular movement.

The protesters expressed their displeasure at the alleged exclusion of some para sports like swimming and tennis from the forthcoming National Sports Festival.

With placards carrying different inscriptions, they alleged discriminatory practices against them, adding that para-athletes from other countries were invited to the games at the detriment of indigenous athletes who have trained for months without salaries.

The protest forced many commuters to abandon their vehicles and take to trekking to beat the traffic.




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