London 2012: Paralympians to get cash reward

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The victors hope to be celebrated warmly when they arrive in Nigeria.
Physically challenged athletes, who won Nigeria medals at the just concluded Paralympics in London, will get cash rewards, the head of mission of Team Nigeria, Simon Ebhojiaye, said on Monday.

Mr. Ebhojiaye said the National Sports Commission will give N1.2 million to each gold medalist, N.8 million to silver medalists, while the bronze medalists will get N.4 million.

The Nigerian special athletes where just one Gold medal short of their best outing recorded in Sydney over a decade ago. They won a total of 13 medals in London- six gold, five silver and two bronze medals- a performance far better than that of the able-bodied athletes, who failed to win a single medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Paralympians are also to be hosted to a reception, at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, by President Goodluck Jonathan after they return to the country on Tuesday.

Mr. Ebhojiaye said the team expects a warm reception, when they arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, going by their performance at the just concluded Games.

“We are coming back on Tuesday and we hope Nigerians will welcome us well,” Mr. Ebhojiaye said in London.

The gold medalists for Nigeria are Esther Onyema, Ivory Nwokorie, Loveline Obiji, Grace Anozie, Joy Onaolapo and Yakubu Adesokan. The silver medalists are Ifeanyi Nnajiofor, Lucy Ejike, Anthony Ulonna, Obichukwu Ikechukwu and Folashade Oluwafemi Ayo.

Team Nigeria finished 22nd in the overall medals table, and placed third in Africa medals chart.

Tunisia was the first on the African medals table -with nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals -and were followed closely by South Africa.