As the first edition of the National Parasports Festival kicks off in Abuja, Gombe and Nasarawa State have said they are ready to deliver impressive performances in the gathering of special athletes.
While Gombe State fields athletes in only six events, namely para-soccer, amputee football, deaf football, para-powerlifting, para-athletics and sports for the deaf, l Nasarawa State is in town with a contingent of 55 athletes, 11 coaches and nine accompanying officials. .
While sending the athletes from Gombe State, the chairman of the sports commission, Dr. Lanre Daniel, urged the athletes to be good ambassadors for the state by playing by the rules of the game.
The President thanked the Governor of the State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, for allowing the state to participate in the inaugural edition of the games.
“We are not going there for the jamboree, we are going there to win medals and I urge you to behave well,” he accused the athletes.
On his part, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ambassador Lucky Isaac Yargwa also instructed the state contingent to represent the state well and be good ambassadors throughout. throughout the event.
“I congratulate you on behalf of the State Government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for being one of the participants in the first edition of the National Para Sports Festival.
“While you are there, do everything to live modestly and peacefully, avoid things that will tarnish both your image and that of the state,” Yargwa said.
Meanwhile, the Nasarawa team competes in para-football, football for the deaf, para-athletics, para-weightlifting, and para-table tennis.