By Chris Okunnuwa
Nigeria’s Chief de Mission to the 2018 Winter Olympic, Gbenga Elegbeleye has been left impressed with the country’s debut outing at the games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Nigeria’s camping in PyeonChang came to an end on Wednesday when the bobsled team bowed out gallantly out of the race for medals.
Nonetheless Otunba Elegbeleye who interacted from PyeongChang on Thursday with Breez 91.9FM’s sports correspondent, Chris Okunnuwa described as “simply amazing” the exploits of Nigerian athletes in skeleton and bobsled at the winter games.
Elegbeleye stated: _”Being among the twenty best in the world in bobsled and skeleton is quite amazing, considering how and when the girls started preparations for the winter Olympic Games._
“Jamaica started bobsled close to 30 years ago and they were unable to finish the race then. It was widely celebrated in Jamaica. Remember the late music icon Bob Marley composed a record for the Jamaican bobsled team (cool running)._
“The Nigerian girls did not only finished their four races, they recorded their personal bests in two of the races.”_
The former Director General of the National Sports Commission revealed that the Nigerian athletes turned out to be the center of attraction in PyeongChang, South Korea with some of the world leaders and the IOC President, Thomas Bach hosting the team as trailblazers.
The seasoned sports administrator who was quick to highlight the country’s diplomacy gains at the games also stressed the vital roles of sports in peace building and global unity.
“The Prime Minister of Norway had a special session with the team. It shows Nigeria is a country of talents and achievers. I hope this will spur other young Nigerians to aspire for greater heights._
“It shows that sports is a unifying factor and certainly what politics is unable to achieve, sports will surely do. This was demonstrated by the Korean people as both North and South Korea presented a joint team to the winter Olympic Games”_ the Otunba of Ikare Land stressed.
Simidele Adeagbo, (skeleton), Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwueme and Akuoma Omeoga Bobsled featured for the most populous black nation at the 2018 PyeonChang Winter Olympic.