Visa welcomes Nigerian track and field athletes Amusan and Nwachukwu to team Visa for Paris 2024

Visa, the Worldwide Payment Technology Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has introduced Nigerian track and field athletes Tobi Amusan and Goodness Nwachukwu as part of its diverse roster of Team Visa athletes in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

With this addition, the Team Visa athletes for Paris 2024 now a total of 117 individuals. This 2024 class marks the largest group of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls in the program’s history and is also the most diverse, representing over 60 markets and 40 sports.

Andrew Uaboi, Vice President of Visa West Africa, expressed immense pride in welcoming Tobi Amusan and Goodness Nwachukwu to Team Visa for the Paris 2024 Games. He highlighted their representation of the diverse talent within the African continent and emphasized Visa’s commitment to supporting athletes who make a difference and inspire their communities. Uaboi affirmed Visa’s pride in having them as part of the team and expressed anticipation of the impact they will make, both on and off the track and field.

Amusan, a former world champion and current world record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles, made history in 2022 by becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Championships and world record in an athletics event. She won back-to-back Commonwealth and African titles in 2018 and 2022 in the 100m hurdles and is also a three-time African Games champion.

Tobi Amusan expressed her excitement about representing Nigeria at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, emphasizing that her journey is about more than just herself—it’s about inspiring young Nigerians to dream and empowering girls to break barriers. She expressed gratitude for the support of Team Visa on this journey.

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As for Goodness Nwachukwu, her remarkable talent in discus throw was highlighted by her gold medal win and new world record of 36.56m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, surpassing her previous record set at the 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunis.

Goodness Nwachukwu
Goodness Nwachukwu

“My journey has always been about transcending perceived limitations and demonstrating that true ability knows no bounds. It is my ambition to not only compete but excel at the Games this year and I am excited to have the support of Team Visa.”

The Team Visa athlete program, established since 2000, has supported over 600 Olympic and Paralympic athletes worldwide. Athletes are selected based on their outstanding achievements, community engagement, and alignment with Visa’s core values of equality, access, and inclusion.

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