The president of World Curling Federation, Kate Caithness has spoken in awe of Nigeria’s emergence into the rank of nations that will line out for the sport on the global stage.
Caithness is excited that Nigeria will present the first set of Africans to participate in the World Curling Federation Championships, billed for Stavanger, Norway from April 20 to 27.
Nigeria’s flag at the championship will be carried by T.J. and Susana Cole, whose target will be to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics, with the tough task of facing 48 other countries in search of qualification points.
The Coles are currently training in the USA, where they were visited by Nigeria Curling Federation president, Mr. Daniel Damola, ahead of the first championship of the year, which will be for mixed doubles teams.
Damola visited the Coles at their training camp in Denver, Colorado, where they have a state of the art facility at their disposal, under the guidance of 2020 Olympics organisers.
Damola said: “Team Nigeria is excited, passionate, and in high spirits. They are asking the country to pray for them.
“Making the Olympics in 2022, will call for the entire nation to support our curling team.
“The championships will be broadcast all over the world, so this is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to get their brands recognized.
“Sponsors are needed for this historic event, for a good cause; not to mention showing pride and patriotism for Nigeria’s team.”
Caithness added: “This is a historic moment for our sport. Nigeria will be the first African nation to step onto elite curling ice in their colors.
“I am delighted to see emerging member associations taking a bold step and entering a world event. “