NIGERIA’S contingent to the just-ended Rio 2016 Paralympics returned to a rousing welcome as they were cheered by an ecstatic crowd on Sunday evening at the Nnamdi Azikwe international Airport, Abuja.
Various banners showing appreciation were displayed at the airport to welcome Team Nigeria which won eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals to emerge Africa’s best and 16th overall at the end of the games
As they disembarked from the aircraft, passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport were moved to stand at attention as the national anthem was being played in honour of the Paralympic team.
An emotional Esther Oyema described the reception as encouraging and delightful.
“We are pleased with this turnout, in fact, it causes us to want to do more for this country and for those of us who will be around for the next paralympics, we shall strive to do better’’, said , who won silver in the Powerlifting Women’s -55 kg category in Rio, said she and her colleagues were motivated to do better at the next competition.
A representative of the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, Luca Jonathan Mangset, said
Nigerians were proud of the athletes.
“You have done the country proud, we are going to celebrate you accordingly in a more elaborate event. Accept our thanks,” Mangset said