Sochi 2014: Togo in Russia to put Africa on the Winter Olympics map

Sochi 2014: Togo Olympic Committee vice president says West African nation mean business at first Winter Games

By Kojo Amofa

Despite the absence of a ski slope in the country, Togo have their sights set firmly on a medal after recruiting their competitors via Facebook.

The West African country will be competing in their first games and will be represented by cross-country skier Mathilde Amivi Petitjean and alpine skier Alessia Afi Dipol.

Petitjean, 19, who skied for France until this season and 18-year-old Italian-born Dipol are being backed to amaze the world by Togo’s Olympic Committee vice president Kelani Bayor.

We are prepared physically and mentally, we have not come as amateurs we have come to compete

Togo’s Olympic Committee vice president Kelani Bayor

“We are not resigned to defeat, we have not come here just to have fun – we have come to fight.

“We are prepared physically and mentally, we have not come as amateurs we have come to compete,” he said.

Bayor hopes to rely on the support of Togolese footballer star Emmanuel Adebayor who plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier league.

He realises Adebayor may have been too busy to call, during a busy period in the premier league season but said he’ll have no hesitation in calling him to gain support for the Olympic team.

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