The 2022 Winter Olympic Games kicked off in Beijing, with the opening ceremony held on Friday.

Amidst worrying concern by the global community on health and safety protocols, many athletes have convened in the Asian region to take part in several events during the tournament.

One of such nations taking part in this year’s sports center stage is Nigeria, who will compete in the cross-country skiing category for the first time in Winter Olympics’ history.

Athlete Samuel Ikpefan, who was born in the French Alps town of Annemasse, will represent Nigeria in the event. He also stands as the sole representative of Nigeria in the games this year.

Prior to the tournament, Ikpefan took part in the qualification stages following his decision to switch nationalities in 2016.

He was a participant in the opening ceremony being amongst a handful of Nigerians to fly the green and white flag on Friday.

China’s capital city – Beijing becomes the first city to host a summer and winter Olympics in history. The “Bird’s Nest” stadium also stands as the main venue for the games just as it did in 2008 Olympics.

Due to safety guidelines and concerns for its citizens, Australia, United Kingdom and Canada have all decided to boycott the tournament diplomatically; specifically as a result of China’s human rights record and treatment of the Muslim community.

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