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National Para Sports Games: Baylesa emerges winner with 93 medals

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Bayelsa state team at the weekend in Abuja led the first edition  of National Para Sports Games with 93 medals.

The event which came to an end at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, saw Bayelsa win 31 gold, silver 30 and 32 bronze to clinch the premier position with 93 medals.

Ismail Abubakar, permanent secretary Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development  who represented the minister at the closing ceremony, commended all participating states for their cooperation in the seven days event.
“I want to thank the Almighty God for the huge success recorded in the games and also wish to express my profound gratitude to all the state governments that participated in the first edition.
” I want to thank all the team officials and athletes, sponsors for their participation,” he said.
Peter Nelson , the Chairman of Local Organising Committee (LOC), said the next edition would be more interesting than the first edition.
“Para athletes had been making the nation proud in international tournaments for the Federal Government to show them what they intended for them in the maiden show.
“The second edition of the National Para Games is expected to take place next year, and there after, every two years.
“This was put in place to lessen the burden on States in having to fund athletes for both the National Para Games and National Sports Festival in the same year,” he said
NAN reports the final medals table thus;
States             Medals                      Position
               Gold sliver Bronze  total
Bayelsa    31      30       32       93       1st
Oyo          24      15        21     60      2nd
Kano         21     13         8       42       3rd
Edo           17        5          1     23       4th
Ondo         15       11        3    29        5th
NAN report that 21 states participated in the maiden edition of Para Sports Games which stated on April 9 and ended on Friday.
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