By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria (KCCN) has said the Winter Olympics holding in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will go a long way to restore and strengthen peace in Korea peninsula and the world at large.
The Director of the KCCN, Han Sungrea, who stated this in Abuja at an event to cheer Nigerian contingents to the country for the Olympic Games, expressed delight that both North and South Korea presented a joint contingents despite their frictions.
He said the KCCN thought it should bring both Koreans and Nigerians together to cheer the Nigerian athletes, especially as it was the first time Nigeria is participating in the Winter Olympic Games, observing that this will help them to have goodluck and impressive performance in the competition.
He further described it as joyous moment for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to have been held in Pyeongchang very peacefully without any crisis, especially with the participation of the North Korea.
According to him, “I am glad that South Korea had successfully and peacefully hosted the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics despite the strong tension earlier in the Korean Peninsula.
“I hope that the Nigerian people enjoy the Pyeongchang Olympics alongside Team Nigeria”, he added, pointing out that the ceremony is symbolic towards enjoying peace in the world.
While expressing hope that the games will help keep peace in the world, Sungrea said Nigeria and Korea has been having good relationship in areas of politics, economy and culture, adding that both countries will benefit more to extend the relationship to include areas of sports.
Meanwhile, the three Nigerian contingents to participate in the game are Seun Adigun, 31, Akuoma Omeoga, 25 and Ngozi Omwumere, 26. They are the first Nigerians and African athletes to take part in the Bobsleigh event during the winter Olympics.
Also, Simidele Adegbo, 36 who started training in 2017 and had competed for University of Kentucky, U.S., is the only contingent from Nigeria to participate in the Skeleton event at the games.
The sports event which will last for seventeen days, has fifteen discipline, one hundred and two medals, ninety five participating countries, with two thousand nine hundred athletes, including Nigeria.