Nigeria’s Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medalist, Ndidi Nwosu died following complications arising from a spinal cord injury which she sustained at the last Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The sports minister, Sunday Dare and immediate past sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung have commiserated with the Nigeria Paralympic Federation over the death of World record holder and Paralympic gold medalist Ndidi Nwosu.
Dare in a tweet on his official handle, said Ndidi Nwosu represented Nigeria well in several international competitions and had an excellent medal record.
“The death of Ndidi Nwosu, a powerlifter who represented her country, Nigeria excellently at different international competitions is painful,” the sports minister said.
“A great loss to the sports family; she had an excellent medal record. She will be remembered as a patriot who gave her best to her country.”
Dalung expressed sadness over the death the sudden demise of the powerlifter.
“I wish to express my deepest sympathy on the death of a shinning star, powerlifting gold medalist and world record holder Ndidi Nwosu .
“I also sympathize with the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation, sports loving Nigerians and her immediate family members on the death of one of Nigeria’s best powerlifters .
“She was a young woman who put in her best while representing her fatherland in sports. Ndidi Nwosu was one of those hard working powerlifters who put Nigeria’s name on the world map at the last Paralympic Games in Rio, the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the World Cup in Mexico.
“We pray God to grant the family and especially the young children she left behind, the strength to bear the loss”, Dalung said.
The late Ndidi Nwosu is survived by her husband Ikechukwu Nwosu and two children. She was aged 43.