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National Games

Participants from the South West region at the National Games.

To advance to a higher level of competition in a particular year, an athlete must have participated for a minimum of eight weeks in an organized training program in the sport or sports in which he or she has entered for higher level of competition. A planned regimen of training under a volunteer coach, teacher or parent is considered an organized training program.

In addition, an athlete must advance from a lower level of competition in the same sport to the next appropriate level based on their performance in their division rather than elite qualification.

Athletes from different regions in the country compete at the National level and are selected through random draw those who will represent the country at a World Games event. The Special Olympic Nigeria National Games is one of the major sports events for people with intellectual disabilities in different regions of the country. Special Olympics Nigeria held her first National Games in 2006 with over 100 Special Olympics athletes in attendance, while the 2nd Special Olympics Nigeria National Games was held in September, 2010.

The 3rd edition of Special Olympics Nigeria ‘National Games’ were held in August 2014.

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