Togo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa and Eritrea are the eight nations present in Pyeongchang in South Korea for the Olympic Winter Games that officially started yesterday Friday, February 9, 2018. And for these eight countries, the same number of women.
This is the first time that Africa has been so well represented in Winter Olympic Games. It should be noted that apart from some Maghreb countries very close to the West and those of the southern hemisphere, the climate is rather warm in the rest of Africa. A situation that does not favor the practice of winter-specific disciplines.
But some nations have made this meeting one of their priorities. Whenever the opportunity arises, they send an athlete or two. This is the case of Morocco, Ghana and Togo, for which this is not the first participation in an edition of the Winter Olympics.
For once, women make up the majority of the African delegation at a competition of this magnitude, and it is worth emphasizing. For two weeks, we will vibrate to the rhythm of the movements on the snow.
|Nigeria||Seun Adigun||Bobsleigh, Skeleton|
|Nigeria||Ngozi Onwumere||Bobsleigh, Skeleton|
|Nigeria||Akuoma Omeoga||Bobsleigh, Skeleton|
|Kenya||Sandrine Wanjiku Simader||Alpine ski|
|Madagascar||Mialitiana Clerc||Alpine Ski|
|Togo||Mathilde-Amavi Petitjean||Cross-country Ski|
|Eritrea||Shnannon Ogbani-Abeda||Alpine Ski|
For Nigerians, this is their first participation in the Olympic Winter Games. On the other hand, the Togolese Mathilde-Amavi Petitjean follower of cross-country skiing takes part for the second time in a row at the Winter Olympics. In Sochi, Russia, she finished 66th out of 75.
What will be the performances of our African representatives at this competition? Can they afford to do better than figuration? Is there a real future for winter sports in Africa? Here are some questions that remain unanswered for the moment. But the results obtained in Pyeongchang will certainly make it a little clearer.