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Prioritise physically challenged athletes’ welfare – Monarch

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AUTHORITIES saddled with sporting activities across the country have been urged to ensure that physically challenged athletes are given their dues in terms of remunerations and other incentives that would encourage them to give their best at all times.

  Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade ll said this during the visit of members of the Nigeria Blind Sport Association to him in his Alarere Palace on Sunday.

  The royal father, who expressed delight at the performance of the athletes from Oyo State at the recently held Paralympics in Abuja said “physically challenged athletes proved to the whole world that their disability was not an hindrance to put into use what their creator deposits in them and the minimum irreducible the government can do is to give them encouragement.

  “In the developed world, nobody, irrespective of the physical physiology or whatever is considered useless and unfit.

  Hence, the environment over there creates conducive space for each and everyone to function according to his or her capacity and that’s why you see everybody making contributions to their society without let or hindrance.

  The National Coordinator of the association, Mr. Muyiwa Fatogun expressed gratitude to the monarch for the privilege given to the association to visit him, saying that if all the people in exalted positions are like Kabiyesi, the plights of the physically challenged in the society would be greatly reduced.

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