Bayelsa State has emerged champions of the inaugural edition of the National Para Games after winning 93 medals at the event tagged ‘Abuja 2022 Festival.
The six-day event which was held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, saw Bayelsa win 31 gold, 30 silver and 32 bronze medals.
Oyo State finished second on the final medals table with a total of 60 medals – 24 gold, 15 silver and 21 bronze medals while Kano State placed third with 42 medals consisting 21 gold, 13 silver and eight bronze 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.