By Simon ligbugwu
Nigeria first participated in the Olympic Games in 1952, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for the boycotted 1976 Summer Olympics.
The nation participated in the Winter Olympic Games in 2018 with qualified female athletes in bobsleigh and skeleton.
Nigeria medals in Olympics :
Gold3. Silver10. Bronze12. Total: 25.
Summer appearances: 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020.
Nigerian athletes have won a total of 25 medals, mostly in athletics and boxing. The national football team won the gold medal in 1996. Won silver wear in 2008 following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to strip the American 4 × 400 metre relay team of their medals after Antonio Pettigrew confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Nigeria also won a medal in the heavyweight division of taekwondo at the 1992 Summer Olympics as this was only a demonstration sport which Emmanuel Oghenejobo did not count as an official win.
The Nigeria Olympic Committee was created in 1951.