Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team finished with the wooden spoon Wednesday but left with their heads held high after an emotional Olympic debut in the crackpot winter pursuit. The plucky West Africans finished 20th in Pyeongchang, more than seven seconds behind gold medallists Germany in a sport where success and failure is measured in hundredths of a second. But try telling that to Nigerian driver Seun Adigun and partner Ngozi Onwumere after a landmark appearance, cheered on by their families and a vocal pocket of Nigerian fans.Read More
Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong knows a thing or two about sacrifice: he spent two years selling vacuum cleaners to finance his unlikely journey to the Olympics — as a skeleton racer. After previously failing to qualify as a sprinter and in the bobsleigh, he is set to become only the second athlete from the West African country to compete at a Winter Games in Pyeongchang, six years after his Olympic hopes looked dead and buried. Frimpong, who moved to the Netherlands when he was just eight, missedRead More
Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) As they prepare to make Olympic history in Pyeongchang, Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team admit they battle their demons every time they climb into the sled. Being billed as “Cool Runnings” reloaded in the West African country’s first Winter Games appearance, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga knelt in silent prayer Wednesday before hurtling down the track at breakneck speeds they know could kill them. “The first time I got in a sled it was honestly terrifying,” driver Seun told AFP in an interview after training. “The onlyRead More
Lagos (AFP) Nigerians met their Winter Olympic bobsled team for the first time just one week before the start of the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Thirty years after a Jamaican squad became a global sensation, the trio of Nigerian women Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga will become the first African bobsleigh team in Winter Olympic history. Born to Nigerian parents they all live in the United States but travelled to Lagos for a rousing Nigerian send-off on Friday night at a corporate reception held in their honourRead More
Disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack remains barred from leaving France, a source close to the case said on Thursday.Read More
US President Donald Trump is not one to hold back when it comes to indulging in nuclear and diplomatic brinkmanship with North Korea's leader whom he calls "Little Rocket Man."Read More
Nairobi (AFP) Former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat was named president of Kenya’s strife-hit Olympic committee on Friday, hoping to end months of controversy and infighting. “Since Paul Tergat is unopposed, he is now the new president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya,” said Omweri Angima, an independent referee appointed to oversee the Kenya elections by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Tergat, a double Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, former marathon world record holder and five-time world cross-country champion announced his candidacy in March. The 48-year-old will hope toRead More
Lausanne (AFP) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Tuesday it was cooperating with French authorities investigating graft allegations against former world champion sprinter Frankie Fredericks. Namibia’s Fredericks, an IOC member since 2012, stepped down in March as head of the committee evaluating bids to host the 2024 Olympics after corruption allegations were reported in the French media. Since then the chief IOC ethics official Paquerette Girard Zapelli “has been monitoring the situation closely and cooperating with the French judiciary authorities”, the IOC said in a statement. French investigators are lookingRead More
Paris (AFP) Former world champion sprinter Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended from the IAAF’s ruling council pending an ethics investigation, athletics’ ruling body said Monday. Fredericks was stood down amid a probe by the IAAF’s integrity unit led by former English Court of Appeal judge Anthony Hooper, the IAAF said. Fredericks had already stepped aside as head of the IOC’s evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics, but the IAAF said it felt it had no choice but to officially suspend him too. “The order for provisional suspension does notRead More
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) What Popole Misenga remembers most is the crowd chanting his name. After a lifetime of war and poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo, here he was in Rio, competing in judo at the 2016 Olympics as part of the first international refugee team in history. But now Misenga was down on the mat, pinned in an armlock by his Indian opponent, and seconds from crashing out of the Olympics in just one bout. Nobody, he supposed, would care. Then came that chant: “Popole, Popole, Popole!”Read More