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Let's Hear it for the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team

Let's Hear it for the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team

16:30 SAST | 23 Nov 2017

In sport everyone loves an underdog. In 1988 Jamaica were the ultimate underdogs when they sent a bobsleigh team to the Winter Olympics in Canada. Tropical countries don't usually compete at the Winter Olympics and the Jamaicans garnered much interest and support for attempting to win gold in a winter sport. In 1993 the film Cool Runnings was released to box office success, as the filmgoing public lapped up the quirky story of Jamaicans mixing it up with Germans and Norwegians in the icy climes of Calgary, Canada, in a bid to win Olympic gold.

Cut to the present, and it's been announced that Nigeria have qualified for women's bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It's the first time an African team will compete at the Winter Games in this event. Seun Adigan was a track athlete who decided to give bobsleigh a go after discovering that Africa has never produced a bobsled team for the Olympics. After training with the US team, she teamed up with fellow Nigerian track athletes Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga to form a team and...well, bob's your uncle.

Kwesé Sports is excited to bring you the next instalment in the remarkable story when we broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics (9-25 February), which comes to you LIVE from PyeongChang, South Korea. For sporting entertainment the Winter Olympics is big on value. Figure skating, for example, offers wonderful appeal, combining elements of music and dance with ice-skating. Snowboarding - with its hip-hop style and skater image - appeals to the youth, while the skiing events also enjoy excellent viewership. Bobsleigh is also a highly popular spectator sport, with the spectacle of high speeds down perilously narrow and fast tracks, and the ever-present danger of a crash. On 21 February we’ll see how the Nigerian women fare at this high-speed event.  

Kwesé Sports will offer a dedicated Winter Olympics channel, plus all the extras of highlights and magazine features. Our Winter Olympics broadcast is part of a larger deal with the International Olympic Committee in which we'll also broadcast the Summer Olympics, taking place in Tokyo, Japan, 2020.

For now though we're celebrating with all Nigerians as their three bobsleigh heroines strike a blow for sporting diversity. It's been a good few months for Nigerian sport, with the Super Eagles qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kwesé Sports brings you the world's biggest sporting event, LIVE from Russia, starting June 2018. And if you're wanting to get in the mood for Russia 2018, then don't miss the Final Draw (KS1, KFS, 1 December at 17:00 CAT), which determines who plays whom in the group stages. Join us at the State Kremlin Palace, "where the stars align", and preparations begin for the world's biggest sports event. For Africa - Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco nervously await their fate.

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