Winter sports, a ground breaker for African Sport

On 16 March 2022 the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, ANOCA, and Gangwon Province, Republic of South Korea, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for mutual support and unprecedented cooperation based on the following:

  • Promoting the success of the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games;
  • Participating in the winter sports support project for young people from snowless countries.
  • Guiding the African Youth Team to participate in the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
  • Supporting the joint organisation of the Games by the two Koreas (South-North) with the mission to achieve “Peace Olympics”.

The overall goal is to introduce winter sports to new nations by training young athletes in winter sports. The project is technically managed by the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation.

It includes a two-week summer training course that ended on 12 June 2022 in Pyongyang for young African athletes to be introduced to winter sports by Korean coaches at summer training centres in the following disciplines: Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge, Cross-country skiing, Ski jumping, Downhill skiing. The training schedule featured physical events both at the beginning and end of the programme, along with recommendations to the athletes on which winter sport to take up, with an equally exciting cultural exchange programme.

All expenses were borne by the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation, including international flights, local transportation, accommodation, meals, outfits and equipment, travel insurance and training fees.