The Kwara Special athletes in Ilorin protested the state government’s failure to fund their participation in the maiden edition of the National Para-Sports Festival in Abuja from April 9 to April 15.

The Kwara Special athletes in Ilorin protested the state government’s failure to fund their participation in the maiden edition of the National Para-Sports Festival in Abuja from April 9 to April 15.

The athletes, in their numbers barricaded the entrances leading to the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin, to press home their demands.

One of the athletes, who pleaded anonymity, said they have written to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, seeking approval to participate in the tournament, but nothing has been heard until Thursday morning which is incidentally the day the games village is opening.

The athlete confirmed that there might be light at the end of the tunnel for them as one person identified as Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters met them earlier and promised to get back to them.

He explained that some members of the Kwara State Sports Commission and representatives of the athletes met with the deputy governor, Kayode Alabi, and promised to speak with his boss and get back to them.

The state government and the Chairman of Kwara Sports Commission, Bola Mogaji, were yet to react to the development.