Team Nigeria enjoyed a decent outing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which came to an end on Sunday with a vibrant closing ceremony. The West Africans finished 33rd on the medals table, ending as the fourth-best team from Africa.
Team Nigeria was represented by only 22 athletes and ended the games as the 4th best African team behind Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Nigeria secured a total number of 10 medals which includes four gold, a silver and five bronze medals.
Team Nigeria’s Chef de Mission, Mr Peter Nelson, said Nigeria’s flag bearers did the country proud, considering their number. “It is awesome and quite remarkable what we have achieved at this Paralympic Games,” Nelson remarked.
“We want to use this medium to appreciate the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, for his enormous support in making sure that Team Nigeria recorded huge successes. Our dreams and plans came to reality.
“Also, I want to thank the Permanent Secretary, Mr Nebolisa Anako, for his giant strides too, in making sure that everything went to plan.
“In all, I give glory to God and specially appreciate the athletes, who are the gladiators, not forgetting their coaches and support staff. They all made it possible for the Nigerian anthem to be heard four good times at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” the Chef de Mission concluded.
Team China finished top on the medal table with 96 golds and 207 medals in total. Great Britain was second with 41 golds and Team USA third with 37.
The Paralympic flag was formally passed on to Paris during the closing ceremony in Tokyo and accepted by the city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, in anticipation of hosting the 2024 Games.