Equipment: Wheelchair Athlete seeks   philanthropists, stakeholders support    

Sat, Apr 13, 2024
By editor


ALEX Adewale, a wheelchair tennis  player, has called for the support of  philanthropists and other sports stakeholders for the provision of mordern equipment for athletes.

He said that the equipment would  enable them compete favourably with their counterparts at local and international  competitions.

Adewale made the call  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

He attributed  Nigeria’s defeat at  the  2024 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis, African qualifying in Abuja, to lack of modern  equipment.

Adewale said support from philanthropists, non- governmental organisations and individuals  would go a long way to enhance  Wheelchair Tennis players’ performance.

“Nigeria Wheelchair Tennis Players always do well and  would perform better if they  have  modern equipment.

“ Watching us play on the court  shows  that we have the same forehand and  backhand strokes techniques, but  we lack  modern equipment.

“ This is our short coming and that is why our opponents  are always ahead of us at tournaments,” he said.

He said that for Nigeria’s wheelchair  tennis to advance, there was a need for the provision of modern  equipment.

“ As you can see, these are not just  typical wheelchairs that you can purchase from any store.

 “ You must visit the company making the equipment  and make a specific request for the  player.

He said that the wheelchair tennis federation cannnot  provide these equipment alone, hence the eed for support.

 Adewale said that there are talented players being discovered  that needed  to be groomed for the future, but beacuse of lack of  modern  equipment, it would be difficult.

“ I have no doubt that we will do better if we are provided with the modern equipment,” he said.

NAN reports that Nigeria came third  in both Men and Women events at the  2024 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis African qualifying.

 Nigeria defeated Rwanda and Tanzania in both categories.

South Africa’s Men and Women teams secured the tickets to represent Africa at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup  in Turkiye  from May 7 to May 12.(NAN)

13th April, 2024.