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Death of Paralympian gold medallist, Onaolapo, National Loss – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has described the death of Nigerian Paralympian gold medallist, Mrs. Joy Onaolapo as a big
loss to the nation.

The President, who said he received the news of the death of the medallist in the London 2012 Paralympics with shock, noted that
she was among those who made Nigeria very proud at the games.

Recalling meeting Mrs. Onaolapo when the Federal Government hosted and honoured the Paralympics medallists at the State
House, Abuja last year, President Jonathan said, “It was indeed remarkable and very inspiring that she did not allow her physical
challenge to stop her from reaching for the best in her sporting life.”

The President further added that Mrs. Onaolapo’s commitment and determination at the games and in life were worthy of emulation.

As preparations are underway for the burial of the Nigerian Paralympics heroine in the 52 kilogram power-lifting category,
President Jonathan commiserates with her family, the government and people of Edo State, members of the Nigeria Power Lifting
Federation (NPLF) and the entire sporting community.

“As we mourn the untimely transition of our beloved sister, let us be consoled by the knowledge that Mrs. Onaolapo’s feat would forever
remain fresh in our memory,” the President stressed. He added that the country would always remember those who bring honour to
the nation.

President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty would give grace and comfort to the Onaolapo family and grant the soul of the departed
peaceful rest.

Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 15, 2013.

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