Paralympians have said the renovation of the gymnasium at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos would aid athletes’ training ahead of major competitions.
The renovation is near-complete is being bankrolled by FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, makers of Peak Milk.
According to NAN, some athletes who were compelled to train outdoors on Wednesday due to the ongoing work said the renovation is necessary.
Paul Kehinde, a gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC for coming to the rescue of athletes.
“You can see that the gym is wearing a new look and this is what we athletes have been appealing for. We will always be grateful to Peak Milk.
“I think the only thing remaining is just the training equipment before the gym will be ready for use,” he said.
Also, Taiwo Olulope, also a Paralympian said that the completion of the gym would enable para- athletes train in a conducive atmosphere.
“When athletes train in a good atmosphere and get the right motivation, it will always yield a positive result.
“I hope other organisations will come in and support or emulate Peak Milk to promote para-sports in the country,” he said.
The floor, lights, toilets and doors have been fixed while the venue has also been painted.
Works completed so far
Also, no fewer than eight fans were also installed while an iron gate has been fixed at the entrance of the gymnasium.
Attempts to talk to some of the workers on the ground proved abortive as they said they were not authorised to talk to the media on when the venue will be ready for use.
Nigeria won eight gold, two silvers and a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic games in Brazil.