Nigeria will be attending its second winter Olympics in Beijing with an athlete after making its debut in 2018 at the Pyeongyang, South Korea, Winter Olympics.
For the first time in history, Nigeria will field a cross-country skier named Samuel Ikpefan at the forthcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Samuel Ikpefan, born in Annemasse in the French Alps and activated his dual nationality switch in 2016 will be the first Nigerian skier to qualify for the Olympics and the first male athlete to make the Games.
In similar vein, Dr. Seun Adigun will be contesting into the IOC Athletes’ Commission at the Games.
In 2018, she made history with Nigeria at a historic outing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during the Winter Olympics Games where she earned the status of Africa’s first summer and winter Olympian. Adigun’s quest for the IOC Athletes’ Commission has received huge support from the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).
Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), is highly elated that Nigeria’s flag will once again be hoisted at the winter Olympics having made its debut in Pyeongyang, South Korea. The President congratulated the athlete and advised him to compete genuinely with the aim of finishing on the podium while wishing Seun Adigun success in her election. He also poured encomiums on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Chinese government for holding their own in organising the Winter Olympic Games at this critical period in our life time.
Conclusively, Engr Gumel thanked the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare for his unflinching support to the Winter Olympics Team and for his zeal to take sports development to the next level in Nigeria.