National Para Games: Bayelsa, Oyo, Kano top final medal table
Bayelsa State has emerged as the champions of the maiden edition of the National Para Games held in Abuja with 93 medals.
The oil-rich state produced an unequaled record with 31 gold medals, 30 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals at the competition.
Oyo state which came second only had 60 medals with 24 golds, 15 silvers, and 21 bronze medals.
Kano occupied the third position on the medal table with 21 gold medals, 13 silver, and 8 bronze medals totaling 42 medals.
Edo state and Ondo state were placed fourth and fifth respectively in the games that saw 21 states compete for honours.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, expressed happiness at the success of the festival and the level of competitiveness at the Games in his closing remarks.
He stated that the athletes have always been deserving of a festival as this, as their contribution to Nigeria image internationally is awe-inspiring.
The second edition of the National Para Games is expected to take place next year and thereafter, every two years. This was put in place to lessen burden on States in having to fund athletes for both the National Para Games and National Sports Festival in same year.
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