Nigeria at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

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Nigeria at the
2000 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Nigeria.svg
IPC code NGR
NPC Nigeria Paralympic Committee
in Sydney
Competitors 31 (20 male, 11 female)
Ranked 22nd
Gold Silver Bronze Total
7 1 5 13
Summer Paralympics appearances

Nigeria competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, sending a 31 member strong delegation that won 13 medals, 7 of which were gold.


Nigeria sent a 31 member strong team, which included 11 women and 20 men.[1]


In many parts of Black Africa, people who have disabilities that include insanity, and physical disabilities such as impairments and deformities often face cultural barriers to participation because of attitudes related to their disabilities. These include beliefs that they acquired their disabilities because their parents were witches or they are wizards. Their disability is often seen as a result of a personal failing on their part. As such, there is often tremendous cultural pressure for people with physical disabilities to remain hidden and out of the public eye. In many places, they are perceived to be monsters in need of healing.[2] This is the context to which Nigerian Paralympians engage both society and sport internally, in their own country.[3]


Nigeria won seven gold medals at the Sydney Games. This was the most in the country's history after making their debut at the 1992 Summer Paralympics.[4] The Nigerian Paralympic delegation left the Games having won more medals than their Olympic counterparts.[5]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Edith Nzuruike Athletics Women's javelin F58
 Gold Monday Emoghavwe Powerlifting Men's -67.5kg
 Gold Iyabo Ismaila Powerlifting Women's -48kg
 Gold Victoria Nneji Powerlifting Women's -60kg
 Gold Patricia Okafor Powerlifting Women's -67.5kg
 Gold Tajudeen Agunbiade Table tennis Men's singles 9
 Gold Tunde Adisa
Tajudeen Agunbiade
Femi Alabi
Table tennis Men's teams 9
 Silver Lucy Ejike Powerlifting Women's -44kg
 Bronze Stephen Davou Powerlifting Men's -56kg
 Bronze Patricia Nnaji Powerlifting Women's -52kg
 Bronze Kike Adedeji Ogunbamowo Powerlifting Women's -75kg
 Bronze Faith Igbinehin Powerlifting Women's +82.5kg
 Bronze Femi Alabi Table tennis Men's singles 9


Nigerian athletes competed at the 1999 Disabled Sports USA DS/USA's National Summer Games as part of their preparation efforts for the 2000 Games.[6]


Lucy Ejike competed in women's powerlifting. These Games were the ones where she made her Paralympic debut.[5]

Table tennis[edit]

Nigeria was represented in table tennis by Segun Toriola. These were Toriola's third Paralympic Games.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Paralympic Committee 2000, p. C.3
  2. ^ Gilbert, Keith; Schantz, Otto J.; Schantz, Otto (2008-01-01). The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. ISBN 9781841262659. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Gareth Martin and Banks, Tim (2013). ''We Aren't Racing a Fair Race': Rawls, Sen, and the Paralympic Games'. Sociological Research Online 18(3)14 <
  4. ^ "6 Facts to know about Nigeria at the Paralympics". Nigeria Today. 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Nigeria's Nollywood winner and other Paralympic surprises". BBC News. 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  6. ^ Evans, Elizabeth. "Springfield College plays host to two summer national championships." Palaestra Fall 1997: 36+. Academic OneFile. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
  7. ^ Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games, BBC, August 12, 2016, retrieved October 25, 2016 


  • International Paralympic Committee (2000). "Appendix C: Athlete Numbers - By Delegation". Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Post Games Report. Sydney. 

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