Police Disperse Para-Athletes Protesting Against Exclusion From Sports Festival

Police on Monday shot teargas into the air to disperse para-athletes who took to the National Stadium, Surulere, to protest against their exclusion from the upcoming National Sports Festival.

The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development had recently excluded special athletes from competing at the forthcoming National Sports, making deaf sports optional as against the permanent status it previously enjoyed.

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The para-athletes staged a protest to the exclusion, blocking the entrance to the National Stadium, Surulere, which caused traffic gridlock on the Ojuelegba-Iponri road.

The athletes were seen with placards with different inscriptions as they called on the Sports minister Sunday Dare to include them in the sports festival.

The festival is slated to hold from November 28 to December 10 in Delta State.