Akwasi Frimpong is flying the flag for Ghana in skeleton ©IBSF

Ghana has become the latest member of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), it has been announced.

The African country does not have the climate for winter sports but the nation's efforts have been spearheaded by Akwasi Frimpong, a sprinter from the nation who has also represented The Netherlands at bobsleigh due to possessing dual citizenship.

He was part of the Dutch bobsleigh team in 2013, and the 30-year-old has now established Ghana's first ever bobsleigh and skeleton federation.

Frimpong has also decided to switch from bobsleigh to skeleton with the aim of competing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The Ghanaian, who is based in Utah in the United States, has been working in the gym and on the track as he eyes an opportunity in the Chinese capital.

Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong is Ghana's only  Winter Olympian to date ©Getty Images
Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong is Ghana's only Winter Olympian to date ©Getty Images

Ghana has only competed at one edition of the Winter Olympics, in 2010 in Vancouver.

Men's skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong finished 47th in the slalom competition.

Frimpong will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of other athletes from tropical nations who have made an unlikely mark at Winter Games.

The Jamaican bobsleigh team at the Calgary 1988 Olympics, later immortalised in the film Cool Runnings, are the most famous example while others include US Virgin Islands luger Anne Abernathy and Kenyan cross-country skier Philip Boit.

In July, Pacific island Tonga announced plans to send skiers to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.