The Special Olympics Nigeria on Tuesday in Ikoyi, Lagos, received members of the Nigerian team at the just-concluded 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
According to a statement from the Special Olympics Nigeria, the athletes won a total of 63 individual medals in eight sporting activities.
A breakdown of the medal haul shows that the athletes won four gold and two bronze medals in athletics, two gold, seven silver and two bronze in badminton, 10 silver medals in Unified Basketball, one gold in cycling, 12 gold in Unified Football, three silver and one bronze in table tennis, one gold, one silver and five bronze in swimming, and 12 gold in Unified Volleyball, totalling 63 individual medals in eight sporting activities.
The Nigerian delegation at Abu Dhabi consisted of 46 athletes, 14 Unified Partners including persons without intellectual disabilities, 23 officials, and a medical doctor. The athletes competed in athletics, badminton, Unified Basketball, cycling, Unified Football, swimming, table tennis and Unified Volleyball.
At the welcome ceremony held in their honour, Victor Osibodu, Chairman, Special Olympics Nigeria, said the Nigerian contingent at the Games was worthy of celebration, after their “magnificent achievements” in Abu Dhabi.
“I’m proud to inform you that we returned home with 63 medals, 32 gold, 21 silver, and 10 bronze medals. These numbers may sound odd but in Special Olympics we celebrate individual athletes and not the event. Therefore, the medals are not counted as per sport but as per athletes,”Osibodu stated.