Nigerian athletes at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games have put up amazing displays in their events winning nine gold, seven silver and five bronze in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The event, which started on March 14, ends yesterday with Nigeria’s Special Olympics team are competing in eight events at the Games, with 60 athletes and 24 officials.
The events are athletics, badminton, basketball, football, table tennis, volleyball, swimming and cycling.
The Nigerian athletes put up a dominant display in athletics, where Chima Maduakor (shot put), Nyam Tayei (25m run), Ayokunle Akinjayeju (25m run) and Bello Damilola (100m) all won gold.
Swimmer Adedamola Roberts also claimed gold in the 50m freestyle, with Joy Abisago also winning gold in cycling.
Etim Florence and Sulaimon Nofisat, who won bronze in the girls’ singles, emerged gold medallists in the badminton girls doubles event.
The country’s football and volleyball teams also claimed gold medals.
The trio Dew Anthony (male singles), Olusina Olagoke (male singles) and Joseph Oyinkansola (female singles) won silver in the badminton event.
Gold medallists Tayei and Akinjayeju also won bronze medals in their various events at the Games, while swimmers Treasure Chidi-Ofong- (female 100m freestyle) and Teju Ogunlela (female 50m freestyle) won silver and bronze medals respectively.
In table tennis, three Nigerian athletes namely Arek Dickson, Adewoyin Bukola and Olusoji Oluwatomisin reached the finals of their events but settled for silver after losing to their opponents. Another table tennis athlete, Bassey Wisdom, won bronze in the male singles event.