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Adigun vies for membership of Athletes Commission at Beijing 2022

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has accepted the application of the Technical Director of Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Dr. Seun Adigun, to contest election into the IOC Athletes’ Commission

Bobsled star Seun Adigun. Photo: TWITTER/SEUNMSAMAZING

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has accepted the application of the Technical Director of Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Dr. Seun Adigun, to contest election into the IOC Athletes’ Commission for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

A specialist in the 100 metres hurdles, who represented the University of Houston in track and field, Adigun dominated the scene and became a three-time national champion, two-time African champion and represented Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics Games.

Adigun’s quest for election to the prestigious panel comes following her pioneering role in setting up the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in Nigeria. From her experience as a rookie Brakeman in the United States of America’s Bobsled team, she stepped up to contribute to the formation of Africa’s first-ever Bobsled Team.

In 2018, she made history with Nigeria at a historic outing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during the Winter Olympic Games. The feat earned her the status of Africa’s first summer and winter Olympian.

Adigun, who has focused on promoting the sport in Nigeria since her retirement, speaks on the development: “It is truly an honour to be accepted as an IOC Athletes’ Commission candidate at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. I believe my passion and experience, as the first summer and winter Olympian for Africa, will add immense value to the organisation.

“If I am elected to the Commission, I will be dedicated to uplifting the Olympic values, and advocating on behalf of all Olympians and future Olympic needs. I will also ensure the continued representation and inclusion of Africa.”

Back home, her quest for the IOC Athletes’ Commission has received support from the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Nigeria Olympians Association (NOA).

NOA president, who was a member of Nigeria’s basketball team to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Olumide Oyedeji, expressed confidence in Adigun’s ability.

“Seun Adigun will be a huge asset to the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Her experience as a Summer and Winter Olympian will boost the Athletes’ Commission. Adigun is the first Nigerian seeking for membership into the prestigious IOC Athletes Commission.”

Her commitment has led to the introduction of winter sport to homegrown athletes in tropical Nigeria. Remarkably, the team made a historic appearance in Pyeongchang for training and camping, where the Bobsled team won bronze.

Outside of the work, Adigun, who is committed to Olympic sports development in Nigeria, is also a practicing doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and a Biomechanist, who focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation treatments.

The election into the IOC Athletes’ Commission for the Winter Olympics will hold during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.