African winter sports activities athletes will endure a “crushing blow” until the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) reinstates continental quota spots in bobsleigh and skeleton for the 2022 Beijing Video games, sliding sports activities coaches have mentioned.
Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong and Nigeria’s Simidele Adeagbo grew to become the primary African skeleton racers to compete on the Olympics in 2018 due to the Worldwide Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s (IBSF) continental quota system.
Nonetheless, the system was dropped for subsequent month’s Beijing Olympics, elevating the likelihood that no African athletes will compete in both occasion.
Coaches Brian McDonald and Zach Lund wrote to the IOC final month to request the reinstatement of the quotas to keep away from inflicting “a crushing blow to African athletes”.
“The significance of African illustration in Winter Olympic sport is of utmost significance to the Olympic motion,” the letter mentioned.
“At present, the Olympic sliding sports activities might be with none African illustration after immensely widespread participation within the 2018 Video games in Pyeongchang.
“We must always not enable Olympic sport to take a step backward when it comes to the inclusion of African nations efficiently competing within the Winter Olympic Video games.”
Frimpong wanted to be ranked within the prime 60, 5 locations above his present rating, to qualify for Beijing however his probabilities pale when he examined optimistic for COVID-19 and missed two qualifying races.
4 years in the past, he certified for the Pyeongchang Video games by way of the quota system regardless of being ranked 99th on the earth.
“There are presently no athletes in both the Olympic sports activities of bobsled or skeleton, and actually, only a few in all Olympic sports activities, who’ve as giant a following as Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana,” Lund and McDonald added of their letter.
“The IOC could be remiss to fail to capitalise on this chance to as soon as once more develop the game.”
Adeagbo, who’s trying to qualify within the new Olympic monobob occasion, is presently ranked thirty seventh within the Girls’s Monobob World Sequence and can be set to overlook out in Beijing.
McDonald advised ABC that the IOC had not responded to the letter however the IBSF has contacted Frimpong to say they are going to talk about his scenario.