A contingent of fifty-five athletes, eleven coaches and nine accompanying officials from Team Nasarawa have arrived in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the first edition of the National Para Sports Festival which will run from 9-15 April 2022 .
The delegation left Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, on Saturday, April 9, for a short trip to Abuja.
Prior to departure, the State Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, in a farewell speech at Lafia City Stadium, told the contingent to represent the state well and be good ambassadors throughout the event.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the State Government and the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the Good People of Nasarawa State for being one of the participants in the first edition of the National Festival of para-sports sports.
“You already know what’s at stake and the games you’re going to play.
“We would love to be able to go with more games and athletes, but we’ve all decided to go with events and athletes that we have a comparative advantage with.
“We believe the contingent will not disappoint His Excellency, the Governor, the State and its peace-loving people at the event.
“While you are there, do everything to live modestly and peacefully; avoid things that would tarnish both your image and that of the state.
He noted that Governor Sule’s administration would continue to prioritize youth and sports development to make the state a hub for youth and sports development in Nigeria.
“We are fortunate to have a Governor who has a particular interest in youth development and sports and whose penchant is to see us among the best in the country.
“He’s a leader who rewards hard work and excellence and doesn’t claim that.
“The best way to appreciate his continued support for us is to go out there and win some precious medals.
“The Governor has invested so much in youth and sports development, and it will not be out of place to play our own role in justifying the huge investment in the sector,” he said.
In his speech, the Head of Delegation and Director of Sports of the Ministry, Lawrence Shammah supported by Mustapha Sani Bello, Technical Director, assured of the excellent performance of the team during the Event, calling on the people of State to continue to pray for their success. at the event.
Of the fifteen sports featured at the event, Team Nasarawa will compete in five, namely Para-Soccer, Deaf Football, Para-Athletics, Para-Weightlifting and Para-Table Tennis.
Federation States and FCT, Abuja will participate in the Festival.