Team Nigeria Paralympians returned to Nigeria on Sunday to a heroic welcome. Nigeria won a record eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the Rio Paralympics. The country also set six new world records after the games finishing top in Africa Nigeria’s record-setting Paralympic athletes have returned to the country and they were given a hero’s welcome by the sports ministry.
According to The Vanguard, the the team returned on Sunday via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and were greeted by officials from the Ministry of Sports. The Team Nigeria Paralympics won a Nigerian-record 8 gold medals at the Rio Paralympic Games alongside two silver and two bronze medals.
Nigeria Paralympics return to the country
The team also set six new world records in the process. Having left for the 2016 Paralympics without any fanfare and on the heels of another disappointing Olympic Games show, the physically-challenged athletes lifted spirits high in Rio where they amassed a dozen medals.
Team Nigeria Paralympics were welcomed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja
The Paralympics holding up their medals
Nigeria finished as the top African team at the 2016 Paralympics as 16th overall on the medals table. The country’s best ever placement in the Paralympics was the 22nd position achieved in Sydney 2000.