4022 disabled athletes from 161 countries are participating to this this competition. At 39, Christian Gobe is the only disabled athlete to represent Cameroon.
After the Olympics, the city of Rio, Brazil welcomes the Paralympic Games this Wednesday. The competition will close on 18 September. Unlike the Olympics when Cameroon was represented by 24 athletes in four disciplines, the Paralympic Games will see the participation of one Cameroonian. This is Christian Gobe. Based in Switzerland since 2000, he is a specialist of the 100m and 200m races, Shot Put, disc and javelin throws.
In its edition of 7 September 2016, Cameroon Tribune portrays he who will represent the Green-Red-Yellow in Rio, “”Broken” by polio and confined to a wheelchair since the age of 4, the man knew how to handicap a springboard. Gold medalist at the All Africa Games (shot put) he’s also a silver medalist at the Grand Athletics prices CPI in Dubai in 2014. The London Paralympic Games in 2012 were more of a test for him. With experience in Britain, he intends to meet personal and sporting challenges with blows of encouragement and perseverance. “
In Cameroon, there are no financial means to support disabled athletes. But to participate in competitions, financing his programs and buying equipment to stay on top, “Christian Gobe counts on his sponsor,” said Cameroon Tribune. He received a complete work arousing motivation and efficiency. During the preparation period, he gave himself fully, he learned to push the limits, we learned.
In Rio, Christian Gobe will be encouraged by the President of the Cameroon National Paralympic Committee, Jean Jacques Ndoudoumou. He left Cameroon on Monday at the head of a delegation of six members, according to the national daily. Christian Gobe, meanwhile, will give everything to mark his visit to the Paralympic Games. For him, “sport is a way to transcend disability through performance and enhance the effort by the results.