Nigeria will be represented by nine athletes at the 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix series taking place in Tunis, Tunisia from March 18 to 20.

Following the postponement or cancellation of most international tournaments in 2020 due to the global pandemic, the World Para Athletics Grand Prix series returned in 2021 with six events scheduled to take place around the world from February to June, ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The series kicked off with the Dubai Grand Prix held from February 10 to 13, while the Tunis International Meeting is the next event in the series and is in its 13th edition.

Ifeanyi Christian is making his second outing to the Tunis Grand Prix.

A 16-man contingent led by the President of Nigeria Para Athletics Federation Hon. Amobi Chikwendu, has arrived in Tunisia ahead of the competition starting on Thursday. The team also comprises nine athletes (six throwers, two sprinters and a jumper), secretary of the federation Amina Amanchi, two coaches, two medical personnel and a helper.

Former World Record holder in the women’s F54 Javelin, Flora Ugwunwa won GOLD and Silver respectively at the 2019 Tunis Grand Prix which was her first outing for Nigeria since the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The athletes include Making of Champions sprinter Ifeanyi Christian (T46 100m/200m/ 400m), Commonwealth Games GOLD Medallist Galadima Suwaibidu (T47 100m/200m), Rio Paralympics GOLD Medallist Flora Ugwunwa (F54 Javelin/Discus/Shot put), Paralympics multiple medallist Njideka Iyiazi (F57 Discus/Shot put) and Emeka Kiyem (F57 Shotput/Javelin).

2018 Commonwealth GOLD Medallist Suwaibidu Galadima is one of the para athletes set to compete in Tunisia.

Others are Chituru Nwazuzu (F57 Discus), Ikechukwu Omenohor (F57 Shot put/Javelin), Goodness Nwachukwu (F57Shot put/Javelin/Discus) and Monsuru Adebayo, who is the only jumper on the team (T46 Long Jump). The Throws Coach for the team is Patrick Anaeto while the Coach for the track team is Adekunle Adesoji.

Four-time Paralympian Njideka Iyiazi who has won five medals at the Paralympics, is also in Tunis.

Nigeria was represented by four athletes at the 2019 edition of the Tunis Grand Prix, who won 10 medals – six GOLD, four Silver – at the end of the competition. Christian won GOLD in all his three events as Lauritta Onye scooped one GOLD and two Silver medals. Ugwunwa and Unyime Uwak each won a GOLD and Silver.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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