Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paralympics: South Africa close in on Nigeria

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Nigeria came third behind Tunisia and South Africa

South Africa is poised to beat Nigeria’s winning streak in the Paralympics.

Nigeria’s position as the top rated African country at the on-going 2012 London Paralympics is under threat as South Africa is now breathing down the neck of Team Nigeria.

The medals table at 19.00hrs GMT, Thursday, shows that Nigeria has dropped to the 18th spot with 6 gold, 5 silver and one bronze medals while on the 20th spot is South Africa who now have 5 gold, 6 silver, and 8 bronze medals

With Oscar Pistorious, the blade runner billed to compete Thursday night, the South Africans are looking good to catch on Team Nigeria who have also been spectacular at this year’s Paralympics especially on the backdrop of their able bodied counterparts returning from the games empty-handed.

Nigeria’s performance at the Paralympics has generated a lot of comments and debates in social networks and across the country. Many are praising the performance of the physically challenged and criticising the able-bodied athletes who could not win any medals during the Olympics.

Success in London may attract the deserved extra funding for Special sports in Nigeria, analysts believe.

A PREMIUM TIMES poll saw over 80% of pollsters demanding for the resignation of the Nigerian Sports Minister over the country’s poor outing at the London 2012 Olympics.

 

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