Nigeria at the Olympics

The Nigeria Olympic Committee was established in 1950 and was recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1951 just in time for them to prepare and join for the first time in the Olympics by a delegation to Helsinki, Finland for the 1952 Summer Olympics.

As with most African countries, Nigeria has never participated in the Winter Olympics. Twelve years after their debut, Nigeria will have its first taste of Olympic honors when boxer Nojim Maiyegun took the bronze for the men's light middleweight division in Tokyo, Japan.

Eight years later, another boxer, Isaac Ikhouria, will also win the bronze medal, this time in the men's light heavyweight division in Munich, West Germany. Like many African countries, Nigeria opted to pass on the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada and opted to return in 1980.

In 1984, boxer Peter Konyegwachie won the silver in the featherweight division while Innocent Egbunike, Moses Ugbusien, Rotimi Peters, and Sunday Uti took the bronze in the men's 4x400 meter relay in Los Angeles, California, USA. 1984 also was the first year that Nigeria won multiple Olympic medals in one meeting.

In 1996, another Nigerian first happened in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. For the first time since their debut in 1952, Nigeria tastes Olympic gold when Chioma Ajunwa took the top spot in women's long jump and their men's national football team also won the gold after beating Argentina.


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