Nigeria is represented at the London Paralympic Games

The London Paralympic Games opened on Wednesday night and Nigeria is been represented. It is set to be an inspiring 11 days of watching athletes with disabilities.

It was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who said “you can’t win unless you learn how to lose”.

These Athletes have suffered disability either from birth or through accidents. The remarkable thing for me though is that, they have turned what many would  consider unfortunate into an advantage.

The Paralympic Games is the world’s second largest major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities, including mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy.

Given the wide variety of disabilities that Paralympic athletes have, there are several categories in which the athletes compete. The allowable disabilities are broken down into six broad categories. The categories are amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually impaired, and Les Autres (literally “The Others”, which are athletes with disabilities that do not fall into the other five categories; these include dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, and congenital disorders).


The initial mental headache of athletes with disabilities have been converted into a winning mentality, an attitude many non-disabled body cold learn from. Basically, these athletes have learnt to get on with life in-spite of, and I know I will be greatly inspired.

I am looking forward to watching  blind footballers play 5 a-side football. I have also found out that there is Wheel Chair Rugby.

There will be swimmers with disabilities and Volleyball players on wheel chairs.  These paralympic games by its sheer audacity is an inspiration. Enjoy watching as I hope to.

Nigerian Paralympic team
Paralympic Team Nigeria

The IPC has established six disability categories. Athletes with one of these physical disabilities are able to compete in the Paralympics though not every sport can allow for every disability category. These categories apply to both Summer and Winter Paralympics.

Amputee: Athletes with a partial or total loss of at least one limb.

Cerebral Palsy: Athletes with non-progressive brain damage, for example cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or similar disabilities affecting muscle control, balance or coordination.

Intellectual Disability: Athletes with a significant impairment in intellectual functioning and associated limitations in adaptive behaviour. The IPC primarily serves athletes with physical disabilities, but the disability group Intellectual Disability has been added to some Paralympic Games. This includes only elite athletes with intellectual disabilities, where few qualify. However, the IOC recognized Special Olympics World Games are open to all people with intellectual disabilities.

Wheelchair: Athletes with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities that require them to compete in a wheelchair.

Visually Impaired: Athletes with visual impairment ranging from partial vision, sufficient to be judged legally blind, to total blindness. The sighted guides for athletes with a visual impairment are such a close and essential part of the competition that the athlete with visual impairment and the guide are considered a team, and both athletes are medal candidates.

Les Autres: Athletes with a physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other five categories, such as dwarfism, multiple sclerosis or congenital deformities of the limbs such as that caused by thalidomide (the name for this category is the French for “the others”).

[Additional information: Wikipedia]



14 Comments Add yours

  1. Please let’s cut Jide some slack. He’s earlier apologised and I respect him for that. However, Jide, you haven’t edited the post and that’s probably why you’re still getting criticisms. I posted earlier about being politically correct when in public domain and I can’t over emphasise how important it is else, you’ll send the wrong message.


  2. Please, I think it’s time we cut Jide some slack. I commented earlier on being politically correct especially if you’re addressing the public. The guy has apologised already, that takes a lot of guts and I respect him for that.
    @ Jide, you haven’t edited it in the post though…


    1. babajidesalu says:


      I have now and included more information.

      Thank you so much.


  3. Jide, pls change the use of the inappropriate & incorrect decription. It is completely incorrect. Would you consider people with CP or down syndrome deformed? Completely incorrect in every form or sense. Trust me, I am not even being politically correct here at all.

    I was at the paraolympics and there is absolutely nothing deformed or even disabled about these people. Even the use of disabled is being discouraged right now.

    I great article but regretably over shadowed by the use of this inappropriate and hurtful word.


    1. babajidesalu says:

      Thanks for your comment. I regret the use of ‘that’ word and i have apologised and amended immediately.

      Disability? If there is a more appropriate word to use, kindly point them out to me. As always I am willingly to be learn. Thanks once again.


  4. Ngozi says:

    This man shows his ignorance. It is beyond belief that this man would write such a patronizing piece and in an arrogant way and don’t even realize how terrible this write up is. I suppose Nigeria is a nation full of mediocrity where anything goes.


    1. babajidesalu says:

      Ngozi, it’s the easiest profession out there that does not require any GCSE or University degree or interview to take up. Are you curious to know what that profession may be? The position of an ignorant critic which you no doubt have excelled in judging by your comment. You actually thought I wouldn’t post your comment. I have and I hope you return to defend your write-up which I suppose you must have been very proud of…..waiting Ngozi….and by the way, my names are Jide Salu and not’that man’….


  5. Author says:

    I absolutely agree. Nigerians need to learn to use more politically correct words. These people aren’t in any way ‘deformed’ nor have they ‘lost’ anything.
    They are living with disability but are still human beings as such, we should look beyond their physical attributes and see them as just that…human beings, just like you and me.


  6. dam dam says:

    ‘Deformed’ is such a wrong word to use. Doesn’t sound right at all!


    1. babajidesalu says:

      “deformed”, deformity….don’t miss the point I am trying to make….no need to be politically correct here….it’s what these super athletes will teach the less ‘deformed’ or disabled, including the abled body like me, a lesson in human endurance and achievement…..It may not sound right, but it’s what it is… offence was ever intended. Disability, probably a more suitable word to use, but the content of the post should not be lost…..I always stand to be corrected and I appreciate your comments…..


      1. Madame Sting says:

        It’s not about being politically correct and the point of your post was not lost but the fact is that not everyone who is disabled is deformed. Deformation occurs in utero, so if a person was in an accident and becomes paralyzed, they are not deformed.


      2. oweteb says:

        Jide the terms matter oh.


        1. babajidesalu says:

          Oweteb, I agree and I regret the usage of the term’deformity’… excuse rendered.


  7. Sting says:

    I think d proper word is disabled not deformed.


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