By Damilola Faustino
Only a handful of Nigerians have heard of Bobsled as sports probably because we barely participate in the Winter Olympics.
This is what three beautiful Nigerian women-Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga latched onto and decided that they will take on the challenge and qualify their country for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang South Korea to participate in the Bobsled category.
They appealed to Nigerians for support and they got it. Today, the trio have qualified for the Winter Olympics thus making history by becoming the first African team to qualify for the bobsled category after completing the required five races.
Their first qualifying race was in the North America Cup in Park City, Utah where Seun and her brakeman Akuoma completed two races in January.
They went on to Whistler, Canada for their second track where Adigun and brakeman, Onwumere were the only team to complete the first race.
Their hard work paid off in Calgary when they completed their fourth and fifth races for a place at the 23rd Winter Olympic games.
Speaking of the grand achievement, Seun Adigun who is the driver said: “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. Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed.”
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