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Lucy Ejike, another 21 in search of medals for today’s Paralympic Games

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Lucy Ejike, another 21 in search of medals for today’s Paralympic Games

22 athletes will represent the Nigeria team at the Tokyo 2020 Games this year. It should be remembered that the last edition of Rio 2016 in Brazil was the most successful outing of the Nigerian team, the best team in Africa with eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals and a total of 17.

In Tokyo, the Nigerian Paralympic team will participate in four events: for power lifting, for athletics, for table tennis and for rowing.

Lucy Ejike, another 21 in search of medals for today’s Paralympic Games

Lucy Ejike, another 21 in search of medals for today’s Paralympic Games

The first Paralympic debut for the Nigerian team was the Barcelona 92, with six athletes returning with three gold medals. Nigeria’s largest contingent at the Games was in Sydney 2000 with 31 Paralympic athletes when the Nigerian team returned home with 13 medals.

Team captain Lucy Ejike, 44, who would compete in her sixth Paralympic Games after her Sydney debut in 2000, vowed that the contingent would surpass the 2016 Rio record.

Ejike won a medal in each of the games in which he participated, winning gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2016 and silver medals in 2000 and 2012.

 

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