The Korean government, has expressed willingness to seek continuous avenues to boost that country’s cultural relation with Nigeria, through sports, entertainment and arts.
Mr Han Sungrae, Director Korean Cultural Centre said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games scheduled to commenced in February 9, in PyeonChang, South Korea.
The envoy who spoke on a planned event by the center to cheer the first Nigerian contingents to the games said, “It is a thing of joy for Nigeria to participate in the 2018 PyeonChang Winter Olympic Games.
NAN reports that Seun Adigun, 31, Akuoma Omeoga, 25 and Ngozi Omwumere, 26, are the first Nigerians and African athletes, who will participate in the Bobsleigh event during the winter Olympics.
Similarly, Simidele Adegbo, 36 who started training in 2017 and had competed for University of Kentucky, U.S. is the only contingent from Nigeria to participate in the Skeleton event at the games.
“This is the first time Nigeria is participating in a winter Olympic. I commend them for this great achievement.
“However, the centre will continue to look for avenues to boost our relationship in areas like: culture entertainment, sports and others.
“Although we are doing well in the areas of poetry, education and arts, but we will continue to do better to take our relationship to the next level.
“I want to use this opportunity to also congratulate the four Nigerian ladies that will be participating in the winter games in Korea. I wish them well,’’ Sungrae said.
The slogan for the games is “Passion Connected”.
NAN reports that the 17 days event will commence on Feb. 9, with 15 disciplines, 102 medals, 95 participating countries and 2,900 athletes with Nigeria to perform from Feb.16.