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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Nigeria qualify for 2018 Winter Olympics — first time ever



Three Nigerian women have qualified for the 2018 winter Olympics Bobsled event.

It is the first time in the country’s history that it will be represented at the Winter Olympics.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga have become the first African team, men or women, to qualify for the Bobsled category, after completing the required 5 races.

“I am extremely excited – almost to a point of being overwhelmed by the different emotions,” an elated Adigun said about the achievement.

“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria. Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria.”

Solomon Ogba, president of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, congratulated the team on the historic feat, commending their dedication and hard work.

“I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women,” Ogba said.

“Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this – the work, the discipline, and the personal sacrifices. They were amazing throughout this journey.

“They are all very successful people in their own right – in sports and out of it, and somehow they are still motivated and still push for more success.

“I have watched them train and work hard to represent Nigeria at the Winter Olympics in a very technical and high risk sport and they have achieved that. They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them.”

The Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria is still on track for a spot in the Skeleton competition as driver, Simidele Adeagbo, is two races away from another historic achievement.

Source: Remi Sulola - The Cable

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