Rev Chris Okotie has commended Nigerian representatives to the just concluded Paralympics in London, for doing the nation proud.
In a press statement made available to The PUNCH Okotie said, “I salute our indefatigable Paralympic athletes who did us proud in the just concluded Paralympics in London.
“Coming on the heels of our disgraceful showing at the Olympics – London 2012, the physically challenged athletes who put Nigeria in the 22nd position on the final medals table have virtually redeemed our battered image in the global sports arena.
“The fact that the Paralympics ambassadors put us ahead of great sporting nations like Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Egypt, Austria, Switzerland and Norway, shows how important their feat is. We came third in Africa on the overall medal table, behind Tunisia and South Africa. Our athletes braved all odds like poor facilities, inadequate funding, and corruption in the sports sector to post such impressive performance, whereas, our London 2012 representatives who are products of the same environment failed woefully.
“This is a message for our government: no excuses for poor performance. The Paralympic champions are saying loud and clear that we can still excel in Africa in all spheres of human endeavour, despite Boko Haram, corruption in high places, and the general infrastructural deficits. What makes the difference is our attitude to national service.”