Heavy schedule awaits Nigerian athletes in 2018. Throughout a great number of the upcoming events, this article covers the most exciting highlights of the new year.
Lagos City Marathon
On February 10th, Lagos will host 100.000 runners from all over the state in the third City Marathon. Thousands of participants are in anticipation of the run, since this year the competition will boast not only with the great prizes, but with the new 10km Family Race.
The capital of the country with its officials are looking forward to the start of the Marathon, since such an event enormously draws visitors’ attention.
“We have people coming from as far as Finland, France and other parts of the world, we expect a spectacular race this year,” said Yusuf Alli, the former African Record holder in Long Jump and the initiator of the Marathon.
World Cup 2018
Nigeria came up trump, when the national team qualified for the international competition for the 6th time in history. The Super Eagles successfully made it through the qualifications of the international competition and were allocated to the Group D alongside with Argentina, Ireland and Croatia. The Nigerian national team made it thrice to the round of 16 and the overall statistics of the World Cup’s participation reveal that out of 18 games played the team got win 5 times, drawn 3 times and lost 10 times. With 20 goals scored in 18 games, Nigeria seems to hold good chances of passing the group stages without a hitch.
The opening ceremony will take place in Moscow on June 14.
Nigeria will travel to the South Korean Pyeongchang represented by three bobsledders. With a remarkable trio, these Olympics will be also marked with the first appearance of Nigeria, as the country has never participated in the games before.
“It’s fantastic! Above all, thing that you aspire is to have a place on podium with honor for the process and respect for the learning curve of what it is that we’re actually doing,” pointed Seun Adigun during her interview.
36-year-old Canadian-born Simidele Adeagbo will also make the colors of the Nigerian flag in her women’s skeleton competitions.
The Commonwealth Games for Nigeria are not like the Winter Olympics, since the country has always been recognized as a strong opponent and a tough nut to crack. Stakers.com reveals, that the previous games richened the medal account of the national team with 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 14 Bronze medals.
Australia hosts the Commonwealth Games of this year April 4-15.