This is the second part in the series where we are highlighting Diaspora-Africans who are representing different countries other than their indigenous ones.
As I said in the blog before this, the aim of doing this is to honor these sportsmen and women for their hard work and ability to participate in such a high-profile sporting event.
As we all know, being nominated to represent any country at the Olympics is, in itself, an acknowledgment of a person’s capabilities and only comes as a result of arduous and consistent training.
A great big "well done" to these sports men and women. Their names, sporting categories and countries are listed below with pictures.
FOLUKE AKINRADEWO – U.S. VOLLEYBALL (NIGERIA)
CHIOMA AMAECHI – U.S. WEIGHTLIFTING (NIGERIA)
LADJI DOUCOURE – FRANCE, 110 HURDLES ( MALI&SENEGAL)
ABDELLATIF MEFTAH – FRANCE, MARATHON (MOROCCO)
MAHIEDINE MEKHISSI BENABBAD – FRANCE,3000M STEEPLE CHASE (ALGERIA)
SALIM SDIRI – FRANCE, LONG JUMP (TUNISIA)
VERONIQUE MANG – FRANCE, 100M (CAMEROON)
REINA FLOR OKORI – FRANCE, 100M (GABON)
MYRIAM SOUMARE – FRANCE, 200M (MAURITANIA)
ANTOINETTE NANA DJIMOU IDA – FRANCE, HEPTATHLON (CAMEROON)
YAKHOUBA DIAWARA – FRANCE, BASKETBALL
YANNICK BOKOLO – FRANCE, BASKETBALL (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
ALI TRAORE – FRANCE, BASKETBALL (COTE D'IVOIRE)
ABDI ABDIRAHMAN – U.S. 10,000M (SOMALIA)
NORDINE OUBAALI – FRANCE, BOXING (MOROCCO)
DAOUDA KARABOUE – FRANCE, HANDBALL (ABIDJAN)
NINA KAMTO NJITAM – FRANCE, HANDBALL (CAMEROON)
MARIAMA SIGNATE – FRANCE, HANDBALL (SENEGAL)
GEVRISE EMANE – FRANCE, JUDO (CAMEROON)
VENCELAS DABAYA – FRANCE, WEIGHTLIFTING (CAMEROON)
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA – FRANCE, LAWN TENNIS (CONGO)
KAMGHE GABA – GERMANY, 400M
That’s about it for this blog edition.
I wish all these athletes great success at the Games.