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Dalung promises better times for wheelchair basketball, deaf sports

05 January 2016, 14:07Israel Ojoko

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 Sports Festival.

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.

Also read: Sports minister laments dilapidated National Stadium in Lagos

The minister in his response said excluding the physically challenged from the Sports Festival amounts to discrimination and denial of civil right.

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.

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