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Togo’s Aliou Bawa leaves Rio Games without a successful lift

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Aliou Bawa.  Image credit: Laura Hale

Aliou Bawa. Image credit: Laura Hale

Togo's lifter makes his first attempt.  Image credit: Laura Hale

Togo’s lifter makes his first attempt. Image credit: Laura Hale

Following three lift attempts at 113kg, Togo’s Aliou Bawa leaves the Rio Games without having completed a successful lift in the men’s 49kg class.  With the completion of his three attempts, Togo’s participation at the Rio Games is largely done as Bawa is the country’s sole representative in 2016, where the country made its Paralympic Games debut.


32-year-old Awa first took up the sport in 1990 as a way to keep health and have fun. Despite a large record of international experience, he came to Rio having competed at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo. He is coached by Gneny Tchagbele and Kohan Felix. Domestically, he trains at the Club de Dynamophilie de la Ligue du Centre in Sokode.

Outside of sports, the French speaking Awa works as a hairdresser.  He has a disability as a result of contracting polio when he was an infant.


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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