Nigeria at the 2004 Summer Paralympics

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Nigeria at the
2004 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Nigeria.svg
IPC code NGR
NPC Nigeria Paralympic Committee
in Athens
Competitors 14
Medals
Ranked 28th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
5 4 3 12
Summer Paralympics appearances

Nigeria competed at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. The team included 14 athletes, 6 men and 8 women. Competitors from Nigeria won 12 medals, including 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze to finish 28th in the medal table.

Background[edit]

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.[1] This is the context to which Nigerian Paralympians engage both society and sport internally, in their own country.[2]

Team[edit]

The team included 14 athletes, 6 men and 8 women.[3] Among Nigeria's representatives were powerlifter Patience Aghimile Igbiti and table tennis player Segun Toriola.[4][5]

Medals[edit]

Competitors from Nigeria won 12 medals, including 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze to finish 28th in the medal table.[6] The Nigerian Paralympic delegation left the Games having won more medals than their Olympic counterparts.[7]

Medal Athlete Sport Event
 Gold Adesoji, AdekundoAdekundo Adesoji Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men's sprint
 Gold Adesoji, AdekundoAdekundo Adesoji Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men's sprint
 Gold Adesoji, AdekundoAdekundo Adesoji Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men's sprint
 Gold Ezeikpe, SilverSilver Ezeikpe Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men's javelin
 Gold Ejike, LucyLucy Ejike Powerlifting pictogram (Paralympics).svg Powerlifting Women's powerlifting

Powerlifting[edit]

Patience Aghimile Igbiti left Athens with a silver in the women's -56 kg event.[4]

Table tennis[edit]

Nigeria was represented in table tennis by Segun Toriola. These were Toriola's fourth Paralympic Games.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert, Keith; Schantz, Otto J.; Schantz, Otto (2008-01-01). The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. ISBN 9781841262659. 
  2. ^ 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 <http://www.socresonline.org.uk/18/3/14.html
  3. ^ "Participation Numbers Athens 2004 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Website of the Chinese Olympic Committee". en.olympic.cn. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  5. ^ a b Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games, BBC, August 12, 2016, retrieved October 25, 2016 
  6. ^ "Medal Standings Athens 2004 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Nigeria's Nollywood winner and other Paralympic surprises". BBC News. 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-10-25.