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Rio 2016: Babalola heads to Dubai for first Paralympics qualifier

By Eddie Akalonu

Para athletics sprinter, Hannah Babalola is determined on picking a ticket to the Rio 2016 Paralympics as she has concluded arrangements to participate at the 7th Fazaa International Athletics Competition in Dubai, which is the first in the series of qualification.

Athletes will participate in four days of top class track and Babalola said her move is to meet a personal dream of qualifying for the Paralympics on her own terms rather than wait for Nigeria to get things done as that might prove costly.

“Let me start off on my own now that there is still time, “ she said

Babalola told Sports Vanguard that she is participating with the assistance of her United States based club and contributions from public spirited Nigerians. “Having followed a planned training regime, I feel like putting it to test by running in my new track- cycle which was a gift from my club when I was there for a three week training programme.

“I want to see how far I can go .My intention is to qualify for the Rio Games. So, going out to compete among the best from other parts of the world is one way to prove myself right,” she stated. Unfortunately her favourite 200m event has been omitted from the programme of the Dubai event. Hannah is now focused on running the 100m, 400m as well as 800m, if possible. “Because the 200m is off the event schedule, I am looking towards adding 400m and 800m. Somehow I feel I should be lucky to make it in one of these events.” An International Paralympic Committee event, The 7th FAZAA International Athletics Competition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates began February 20 and will run through the 27th.





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