Women dominate Team Nigeria at the Paris Olympics – Sports – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

When the Nigerian contingent departs for the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, Team Nigeria will be dominated by the womenfolk. The 2024 Olympic Games will take place from July 26 to August 11 in Paris.

A report by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), Tony Nezianya, said the development is undoubtedly a testament to the growing prowess and capabilities of Nigerian women in various sports.

A female athlete like Adekuoroye Adegoroye, a wrestling athlete and a talented woman in a male-dominated sport, was one of the first to wrestle her way to an Olympic ticket.

This was followed by Elizabeth Anyanacho, a taekwondoist, who has the prospect of a gold medal if the country is managed properly.

In canoeing and cycling, one athlete in each sport has won the right to wear the national colors during the Games.

In athletics, six people have chosen the tickets so far, but the women have the upper hand. The women’s team includes world record holder in the 100 meter hurdles Tobi Amusan.

In women’s basketball, Nigeria will be represented by a 12-member team known as D’Tigress, which qualified at the expense of regional arch-rivals Senegal.

And in women’s football, the 22-member national team, the Super Falcons, showed their talent and earned the opportunity to participate in the Games. The Super Falcons recorded a 1-0 win in the first leg at home in Abuja and held hosts South Africa to a goalless draw in the second leg a week later in Pretoria to cement their passage to Paris.

“It is wonderful to see women breaking barriers and excelling in their respective sports,” noted Mary Onyali, an Olympic silver medalist who dominated the 100 meters, 200 meters and relays in her heyday.

“Their achievements not only highlight their capabilities, but also inspire and empower other women to pursue their dreams in sports.”

The qualification of female athletes in canoeing and cycling further contributes to diversity and representation within Team Nigeria.

“The success of these female athletes in qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games is a testament to their hard work, dedication and skill,” said NOC President Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel, said.

Gumel, who also serves as the sole IOC member for Nigeria, further stated that the women will undoubtedly make Team Nigeria proud and show the world the strength and talent of Nigerian women in sports.

“Whether men or women, what Nigeria desperately desires now is Olympic gold to break the Jinx of 1996, which was the last time Nigeria won Olympic gold medals,” Gumel added.

It would be recalled that Nigeria won two Olympic gold medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta: in men’s football and in women’s long jump through Chioma Ajunwa.