Earlier today, Team Nigeria’s para-athletics squad departed for Tunis, Tunisia for the World Par-Athletics Grand Prix billed to hold from June 26th-July 1st, 2019.
The squad was made up of five athletes and four officials.
Christian Ifeanyi, T46 class (men’s 100m, 200m & 400m), Unyime Uwak T47 class (women’s 100m & 200m), Onye Lauritta F40 class (Shot Put and Discuss) and Flora Ugwunwa F54 class (Shot Put/ Javelin F54 class) will be representing Nigeria in Tunis.
The fifth athlete that will be competing at the Grand Prix is Philip Eneche. The athlete would hope he can seal qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic as he would be competing in the men’s Shot Put/Javelin F20 class.
Like the Diamond_League, the World Para Athletics Grand Prix series in Tunis is the seventh leg of a nine leg series. It takes place around the world between February and August with the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai to follow in November. The World Para Athletics Grand Prix series enters its seventh year in 2019.
Previous hosts were Dubai, UAE 24-27 February 2019, Sao Paulo, Brazil hosted from 25-27 April 2019 followed by Beijing, China – 10-12 May 2019, Arizona, USA – 24-25 May 2019 Nottwil, Switzerland May 24-26 2019 and WPA Grand Prix- Grosseto, Italy – 8-9 June 2019.
The Tunisia grand prix is Africa’s only Grand Prix of 2019 returns to Tunis, with the country’s top athletes likely to dominate the event. It is the 13th time the Tunis International Meeting has been held, with its warm climate and location attracting athletes from across the region.
Bydgoszcz, Poland will host the next grand prix from 19-21 July 2019.
Paris will stage the season-ender for the first time in its third year as a Grand Prix host. The home of the 2024 Paralympic Games is no stranger to top quality sports competition, with several world records set in both track and field at the 2018 edition from 29-30 August 2019 in Paris, France.
By Uche Dozie