Africa’s hope at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

The African continent joins the winter Olympic!

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To many this will come as a shocker to see an African Flag at the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics for just one reason, It’s not our thing. But again, the millennial age is here to rewrite history and proof that we are not just a continent that white people only visits for the purposes of seeing free range Zebras. Both Ghana and Nigeria will be flying their flags up high at the winter Olympics kicking on this 9th February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Uganda would have been represented by Brolin Mawejje had he not been diagnosed with Arrhythmia (What Michael Carrick has been struggling with in the recent past) late last year before his qualification event. Brolin has undergone treatment and is currently training and getting ready for the 2022 qualifiers. Nigeria will be represented by a team of bobsled of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere Akuoma Omeoga. And Simidele Adeagbo in the skeleton category.

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Short Profiles

Seun Adigun is a 31 years old track and field athlete, she competed at the 2012 London Olympics, but did not qualify from the heat. She’s the Founder and Team Captain.  The 26 years old Ngozi Onwumere is an American sprinter and bobsledder, she competes internationally for Nigeria in track, specializes in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay. She’s a graduate of the University of Houston.  Akuoma Omeoga. At 26 years of age, this young and energetic lady has been involved with college sports and she’s a household name in Minnesota. Simidele Adeagbo will be the first African woman to compete in the skeleton event in the Winter Olympics.

Ghana will be represented by Akwasi Frimpong in the skeleton athlete categories. Frimpong has won four bronzes, four silver, and eight gold medals at various local and international racing events in the past. In 2003, he became the Dutch national junior champion in the 200-meter race at the age of 17. Ten years later, he was a member of the Dutch bobsled team which participated in the 2013 Bobsleigh World Cup in Park City, US.

The Winter Olympics

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The winter Olympics will run from the 9th to the 25th of February 102 events in 15 sports, making it the first Winter Olympics to surpass 100 medal events. Four new disciplines in existing sports were introduced to the Winter Olympic programme in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing,92 countries are set to participates with 9 debutants i.e.  Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended due to the Russian doping controversy.

Individual athletes who qualified and can demonstrate they have complied with the IOC’s doping regulations will instead compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” (OAR) under a neutral flag and with the Olympic anthem played in any ceremony. Under an agreement with North Korea, its qualified athletes will be allowed to cross the Korean Demilitarized Zone into South Korea and compete in the games. The two nations will march together under the Korean Unification Flag during the opening ceremony. A Unified Korea women’s ice hockey team will also compete under a separate IOC country code designation (COR); in all other sports, there will be a separate North Korea team and a separate South Korea team.

 

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