Memorable Moments Of Nigerian Sports Since Independence


In this piece,’s AUGUSTINE AKHILOMEN highlights 31 of these moments that Nigerians will never forget in a hurry.

1. 1952: Nigeria Makes First Olympic Games Appearance 

Nigeria first featured in the Olympic Games in 1952 and the country has not missed the games since then, apart from the boycotted Canada 1976 edition.

2. 1954 Commonwealth Games: lfeajuna Claims Gold Medal In High JumpThe late Emmanuel lfeajuna won a gold medal in High Jump event at the 1954 Commonwealth Games.

3. 1957: Bassey Crowned World Featherweight Boxing Champion

Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey became the World Featherweight Boxing king in 1957. Hogan was the first Nigerian-British born boxer to become world boxing champion after he shed his blood to win a featherweight bout in 1957 in Liverpool.

4. 1964: Nigeria’s First Olympic Medal In Men’s Light Middleweight Boxing

Nojeem Maiyegun represented Nigeria at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, then he won the bronze medal in the men’s…

Source: Complete Sports

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