The first batch of the victorious Team Nigeria athletes to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio returned to the country on Sunday and they were received by senior staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, members of the Supporters club, the sporting press, well-wishers and family members.
The team where hosted to a brief reception at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, by the Acting Permanent Secretary and Director Enterprises, Mr. Luka Jonathan Mangset.
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“On behalf of Mr President, Vice President and the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, the Permanent Secretary and all good people of Nigeria, I welcome you back to Nigeria. We are celebrating you now because you have done this country proud. History was made with your glorious and victorious outing to the Rio 2016 Paralympics,” Mangset said.
Responding, a member of Team Nigeria and silver medalist, Esther Onyema said,“We are all glad today and we thank God for today because since we’ve been traveling, this has never happened. We are glad and we thank you all for supporting us.”
The second batch of athletes will arrive in Abuja on Monday.
Team Nigeria to the 2016 Paralympic games won a total of 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals to place 17th.
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