The XXIII winter Olympic Games shall take place from 9 to 25 February in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, Korea Republic. Though winter Olympic games are traditionally associated with temperate regions, several countries of the tropics have had to participate in them. The usual climate of these countries may thus look like a handicap to their participation in winter sports. In spite of this, several athletes, especially those living in western countries, shall represent Africa at this prestigious event. Such is the case with Togolese skier Mathilde Amivi Petit Jean and Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong, who qualified for PyeongChang in the skeleton event. Togo’s AlessiaAfi-Dipot shall for his part participate in the Alpine ski event, just like Mialitiana Clarc, who will represent Madagascar and Sabrina Wanjiku Simadar who will fly Kenya’s colours, aa well as Morocco’s Samir Azzimani. It is worth noting that the latter also participated in the Vancouver Games in 2010. Also worthy of note is the qualification of two Nigerian ladies in the Bobsleigh event.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved plans to target African National Olympic Committees (NOCs) as potential host cities of the fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.
Following a vote of confidence from all members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission (AC), Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry was officially appointed by the IOC President as the Commission’s chair during a joint meeting between the IOC Executive Board and Athletes’ Commission in PyeongChang.