Lagos - Minister for Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has
promised better times for wheelchair basketball athletes and their deaf sports
counterpart after they pleaded for the inclusion of the games in the National
The physically challenged athletes expressed their desire to
the Minister for Youth with a placard during an inspection tour of the National
Stadium in Lagos on Monday.
They said the inclusion of the sports at the National Sports
Festival will help the rapid spread of the games nationwide and encourage
states to own their own teams. They also noted that the inclusion will see the
physically challenged redirect their energy to purposeful activity and keep
people living with disability off the street.
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The minister in his response said excluding the physically
challenged from the Sports Festival amounts to discrimination and denial of
He promised to ensure the athletes have their places at the
National Sports Festival.
Calabar will host the 2016 National Sports Festival, with
the date yet to be decided.For
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