Abia athletes with disabilities seek sponsorship




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UMUAHIA – Athletes with disabilities in have appealed Gov. Theodore Orji sponsor their participation in  the 10th International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Junior Games in .

They also appealed corporate organisations and individuals in the state sponsor them the tournament which will be held from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8.

Sam Ekeoma, the of the State Physically-Challenged Sports Club, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia Sunday.

He said the Paralympic of Nigeria had selected the team represent Nigeria in the tournament.

Ekeoma said: “The team has started for the tournament and it needs sponsorship; if we have the sponsorship to in the games, we will win laurel,’’ he said.

According to him, Abia para-sports athletes have always excelled in local and international competitions and the forthcoming tournament will not be an exception.

“Abia has never failed to in international competitions and Gov. Theodore Orji and wife have great confidence in the physically-challenged athletes in the state,’’ he said.

He recalled the state contingent to the 2012 Paralympic Games won three of the five silver medals for Nigeria.

The further explained the Abia team to the just-concluded National Youth Games in Abuja won gold medals, observing new talents were also discovered during the competition.

Also, Monday Emoghavwe, , Paralympic of Nigeria, appealed to the governor to assist in sponsoring the athletes to the tournament.

In a letter to the governor, Emoghavwe stated that the participation of the Abia team would showcase the abundant talents at the grassroots.’’ (NAN)