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Olympics: Sports Minister Apologises to Disqualified Athletes, Promises Probe
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Olympics: Sports Minister Apologises to Disqualified Athletes, Promises Probe

Nigeria’s sports minister, Sunday Dare, has apologised to 10 Nigerian athletes that were disqualified from the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This was contained in a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Sports, titled, ‘Statement: Ministry Wades to stem crisis’, on Friday. The statement also said that the minister promised to investigate the circumstances surrounding their disqualification. The statement read in part, “The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has stepped in to stem the further crisis by addressing the issues that have arisen concerning Team Nigeria athletes. “The Ministry is looking into some of the issues raised by the athletes and they are being addressed as quickly as possible. “The Honourable Minister on Thursday morning in a meeting spoke dire...
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Officials lied about my Whereabouts, Says Disqualified Echikunwoke

African women’s hammer record holder, Annette Echikunwoke, has refuted reports that Nigeria’s US-based athletes were disqualified from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics because they failed to reveal their whereabouts to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. A total of 10 Nigerian athletes — including Echikunwoke — were disqualified from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday by the Athletics Integrity Unit after they failed to meet the required three out-of-competition tests. An official of the AFN, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday, said many of the US-based athletes failed to disclose their whereabouts as requested for dope tests to be carried out. In an interview with our correspondent, Echikunwoke accused the AFN of being negligent, which she i...
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New Coronavirus Scare Causes Jitters on eve of Tokyo Olympics Athletics

Australia’s track and field team was briefly placed in isolation on Thursday as a coronavirus scare caused fresh jitters on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics athletics programme. Nearly 60 athletes and staff were confined to their rooms for more than two hours after US pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks tested positive for Covid-19. All were later released apart from three close contacts of Kendricks, who have tested negative but remain in isolation and will be tested daily. The incident was a jolting reminder of the perils facing athletes at the Tokyo Games, where their Olympic dreams are at risk of being dashed at any moment. “Members of the Australian track and field team in the Tokyo Olympic Village have been cleared to return to their regular routines,” the Australian...
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Athletes disqualification: Administrators were busy Fighting over Power, Says Okagbare

Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare has said that the sport system in Nigeria is flawed and that athletes are always at the receiving end of the damages. Lamenting that athletes are being neglected, Okagbare said those who are not passionate about sports should not handle the administrative positions. She said this after some Nigerian athletes were disqualified from competing in the Tokyo Olympics for failing to undergo mandatory tests ahead of the global sports event. According to her, “I have said it before and I will say it again. If you do not know the sport, not passionate about it/us (the athletes), then you have no business there as an administrator. The sport system in Nigeria is so flawed and we athletes are always at the receiving end of the damages. “They were bus...
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Panic at the Tokyo Games as 12 police officers guarding athletes at the Olympic Village ”test positive for Covid-19”

  The Tokyo 2020 Olympic is facing a fresh coronavirus panic after 12 police officers guarding the Olympic Village reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. According to Mail Online, a further 38 have also been told to self-isolate. The policemen, all in their 20s, make up half of a special deployment of 100 from the Hyogo province to provide security for athletes at their accommodation during the Games.   The report said the officers had been staying at a cramped dormitory accommodation in a Tokyo suburb where they had to share washing facilities which have been blamed for the explosion in cases. Despite the outbreak, officers from the same Hyogo unit continue to man security posts at the Olympic Village and were seen interacting with the athletes and the ...
Tokyo Olympics: Guinea pulls out of Games over ‘Resurgence of COVID variants’
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Tokyo Olympics: Guinea pulls out of Games over ‘Resurgence of COVID variants’

Guinea has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, citing a "resurgence of COVID variants". Guinean Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced the pullout of five athletes of the country. "Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 variants, the Government, concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided with regret to cancel Guinea's participation in the Tokyo Olympics," Sow was quoted as saying by insidethegames.com. Wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, judoka Mamadou Samba Bah, swimmers Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah and sprinter Aissata Deen Conte were due to compete for the west African nation at the Olympics. Guinea is not the first country to withdraw from the Games. North Korea had announced in April that it would not attend Tokyo 2020 du...
WHO Predicts 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19 by end of Tokyo Olympics
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WHO Predicts 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19 by end of Tokyo Olympics

The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted 100,000 covid-19 deaths by the end of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, finally kicked off today, Wednesday, July 21. Some 11,000 athletes from 200 countries are set to arrive for the Olympics and the number of cases in Japan linked to the Games now stands at 79, according to organizers. Five of them are Olympic Village residents, three of which are athletes. Competitors including US gymnast Kara Eaker, basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson and tennis star Coco Gauff tested positive for Covid prior to arriving in Tokyo, ending their Olympic dreams. However, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged people n...
Adekuoroye Relishes Tokyo 2020 Flagbearer Role For Team Nigeria
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Adekuoroye Relishes Tokyo 2020 Flagbearer Role For Team Nigeria

Nigeria’s wrestling sensation, Odunayo Adekuoroye, is excited about her role as the country’s flagbearer at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which starts officially on Friday. Adekuoroye said she was looking forward to the opening ceremony in which she will lead out other Nigerian athletes in the Match Past. She said it was a big honour for her to be chosen to play the role for a country of over 200 million people. The 56kg wrestler said: “The news of my role at the games came to me as a shock. I am so happy to be chosen and I will do my best both for the flagbearer role and in the events proper. “I have people here around me putting me through. Aunty Funke (Oshonaike) has played that role two or three times and I’m talking to her to put me through on the expectations...
Team Nigeria’s medal chances
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Team Nigeria’s medal chances

Two-time medallist at the 1996 Olympic Games, Falilat Ogunkoya, says Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume are Nigeria’s biggest prospects to winning a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The retired quarter-miler expressed confidence that the three athletes would get to the final of their events in Tokyo. “We have a good chance, Blessing is running very well, Tobi too, Ese is also doing very well and I hope they will do well at the Olympics. “Olympics is a different thing entirely, once an athlete gets to the final in their event, any of them can win the gold and the three of them will make it to the finals,” Ogunkoya told The PUNCH. On Team Nigeria’s preparation for the Olympics, Ogunkoya said any serious Nigerian athlete who knows how the nation operates would not depend on t...
Tokyo Olympics: Buhari to host Team Nigeria
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Tokyo Olympics: Buhari to host Team Nigeria

  President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday host members of Team Nigeria to the Tokyo Olympics at the Presidential Villa in Abuja before the final batch of the contingent departs for the Games. Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a brief send-forth ceremony for the first batch of the team which left for Japan. Dare said the contingent, which would leave in four batches, would be formally “sent forth” by President Buhari on Monday, as is the tradition. He said, “We’re keeping to the tradition of unveiling the team to the President, who will, in turn, hand them over to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC). “The unveiling of the official wear/equipment will also be done by Mr President. This is a very symbolic even...
Transgender athlete CeCe Telfer is ruled ineligible to compete in US Olympic trials
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Transgender athlete CeCe Telfer is ruled ineligible to compete in US Olympic trials

A transgender athlete, CeCe Telfer, has been ruled ineligible to compete in US Olympics trials due to her high testosterone levels, it's been revealed. Telfer, an NCAA Division II track and field champion in 2019, has been disqualified from the women's 400-meter hurdles US Olympic Trials, the USA Track and Field said in a statement. To be eligible for the trials in track and field, athletes must meet the requirements to be a member of the US Olympic Team, USATF said. The requirements for US Olympic teams are in the World Athletics "Eligibility Regulations for Transgender Athletes" guidelines, which Telfer has not met, the organization said. The World Athletics guidelines state that one of the requirements to be eligible to participate in the female category at an international com...
US Olympic track hopeful, Shelby Houlihan banned for four years after testing positive for a banned substance
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US Olympic track hopeful, Shelby Houlihan banned for four years after testing positive for a banned substance

American middle-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan has been banned from athletics for four years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid that she believes came from pork in a burrito. The reigning national champion and American record-holder at both 1,500 and 5,000 meters confirmed her ban in a statement on Instagram. Houlihan said she was provisionally banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit after testing positive for nandrolone, which has been found in pork. She added that she appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and was informed Friday that it did not accept her explanation. Since I started running when I was 5 years old, I’ve had dreams of running professionally, setting records, winning an Olympic gold medal and being one of the best in the world. I...
Spain’s players to be vaccinated ahead of Euro 2020 opener after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente’s positive Covid tests
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Spain’s players to be vaccinated ahead of Euro 2020 opener after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente’s positive Covid tests

Spain's squad will be vaccinated by the army ahead of their Euro 2020 opener with Sweden after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19. Luis Enrique's side were forced to go into isolation after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for COVID-19. Spain were forced to field an U21 side in their friendly against Lithuania, which they won 4-0. But the country's Ministry of Health has now approved proposals to give the first-team stars vaccinations. According to ESPN, the decision came after pressure from the Spanish football federation. They had reportedly been asking for players to be vaccinated for the last two months with the country's Olympic athletes having already received it. The squad have remained in quarantine with players trai...
Usain Bolt’s 200m Record Broken by ‘Lightning-fast’ 17-year-old boy
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Usain Bolt’s 200m Record Broken by ‘Lightning-fast’ 17-year-old boy

Florida teenager Erriyon Knighton has broken Usain Bolt's 200m record for athletes under the age of 18. The 17-year-old made history while competing at the Duval County Challenge Track League in Jacksonville, Florida, winning the 200m with a time of 20.11 seconds. Usain Bolt, who won three Olympic gold medals in the 200m, previously held the record for under-18s. However, Knighton beat Bolt's record by 0.02 seconds. Knighton said after he beat Bolt's record: "I feel like I brought my A game today." Usain Bolt still holds the record for the fastest 200m time by a 17-year-old, having recorded a time of 19.93 back in April 2004. However, due to the fact that Bolt turned 18 during that calendar year, US Track and Field rules mean that time does not count towards the record ...
Serena Williams raises doubts over playing at the Olympics
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Serena Williams raises doubts over playing at the Olympics

Tennis star, Serena Williams has raised doubts over playing at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer due to the current travel restrictions in place which could prevent her from taking her three-year-old daughter Olympia with her.     The 39-year-old American is the joint-most successful Olympian in tennis history alongside sister Venus having won one gold medal in singles and three in doubles.   But the decision not to allow international visitors to the Games, including family members of athletes, may see her miss the tournament.   Asked whether she would travel to Japan under what will be severe restrictions she cited Olympia in responding: 'I haven't spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself. We're best friends. ...
Former Australian Rugby Player of the Year, Jarryd Hayne Jailed for 5 Years for Sexually Assaulting woman in 2018
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Former Australian Rugby Player of the Year, Jarryd Hayne Jailed for 5 Years for Sexually Assaulting woman in 2018

Former Australian Rugby League player, Jarryd Hayne has been jailed for five years and nine months for sexually assaulting a woman in 2018. Hayne, 33, was found guilty in March of attacking the 26-year-old lady in her house but denied the charges in court. Hayne was one of the National Rugby League's most high-profile athletes and twice won the player of the year award. He played 11 Tests for Australia, helping them to win the 2013 World Cup. The woman told the court in Newcastle, north of Sydney today that she had been damaged by the attack "but I'm stillstanding". "I felt dirty and violated. He made me feel like an object and was looking straight through me," she said in a victim impact statement on Thursday, May 6. Prosecutors said Hayne had assaulted the woman in...
Davido Sends a Message to Yomi Fabiyi after the actor Sympathised with alleged Child Molester, Baba Ijesha
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Davido Sends a Message to Yomi Fabiyi after the actor Sympathised with alleged Child Molester, Baba Ijesha

Davido has taken to Twitter to send a message to actor Yomi Fabiyi. Yomi Fabiyi is the subject of controversies after he shared a number of posts sympathising with Baba Ijesha who has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl, starting from when she was 7 years old. Yomi demanded to see evidence of the CCTV footage of Baba Ijesha sexually abusing the girl and asked his colleagues not to kick a man when he's down. Davido tweeted a photo of Yomi Fabiyi and wrote: "Bitch it's on sight." Yomi, who may or may not have been responding to Davido's threat, shared a video of athletes running and wrote: "My love for track and field ehn. Sadly I can't run jack" He also added a laughing face emoji.
Amusan To Be Supported By Ogun State Gov. Abiodun For Olympics
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Amusan To Be Supported By Ogun State Gov. Abiodun For Olympics

Sprint hurdler Tobiloba Amusan will be supported in her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with $20,000 by her state governor, Dapo Abiodun after she became the latest adoptee in the adopt-an-athlete project initiated by the Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare. Amusan who hails from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun state was a finalist at the last World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2019, placing fourth in 12.49 seconds and is seen as one of the athletes that could make the podium in Tokyo later this year. The 24-year-old year-old is the best sprint hurdler in Africa since Glory Alozie, another Nigerian who switched allegiance to Spain in 2001 and has won several titles for the country including the 100m hurdles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and at the 201...
North Korea announces it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics
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North Korea announces it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics

The Secretive State of North Korea has reportedly decided to drop out of the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics due to concerns its athletes could contract coronavirus. North Korea decided to sever ties with the outside world in 2020 to prevent an influx of coronavirus cases in the country. The country has not reported a single case of Covid-19, and there have been no indications one has taken place, though health experts doubt Pyongyang's claim the country has not seen a single case of the virus. According to a report published Tuesday, April 6, on DPRK Sports, a state media outlet focused on sports affairs, North Korean officials announced that the country would not be participating in this summer's Games in order to "protect players from the world public health crisis caused by Cov...
President Vladimir Putin named Russia’s Sexiest Man Alive
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President Vladimir Putin named Russia’s Sexiest Man Alive

President Vladimir Putin has been named Russia's sexiest man alive. A survey of 2,000 Russian men and women found that Putin is the most good looking man in the country. The 68-year-old was the only man to reach double figures in the poll by job board site, SuperJob. When asked who the most attractive man in the country was, 18% of men and 17% of women voted for Putin. 'Russians still call Vladimir Putin the most attractive of the famous men in the country,' the site said. 'In this field, neither actors, nor athletes, nor other politicians can compete with him today.' The Russian leader was named ahead of actors Dmitry Nagiyev, Danila Kozlovsky, and Konstantin Khabensky, with only 2-3% of respondents finding them the most attractive. The results were published day...
Stick to Sports – Ibrahimovic Hits Out at LeBron James Again
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Stick to Sports – Ibrahimovic Hits Out at LeBron James Again

  AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has insisted that athletes should “stick to sports”. Ibrahimovic was addressing comments aimed at Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Speaking in a news conference Tuesday ahead of the start of the Italian music festival Sanremo, he said: “Athletes unite the world, politics divide it. “Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politics.” Last week, Ibrahimovic had told LeBron to stay away from politics. The comments prompted a response from James, who said he speaks “from a very educated mind, so I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at, because I do my homework.”
I Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine, I’d rather miss Olympics – Blake
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I Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine, I’d rather miss Olympics – Blake

Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab. Blake won silver in the 100m and 200m at London 2012 and gold in the 100m relay in 2012 and Rio 2016. The 31-year-old made the comments after organisers in Japan unveiled their plans to ensure athletes’ security with beefed up health protocols. But Blake told the Jamaican Gleaner, “My mind still stays strong, I don’t want the vaccine. “I would rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine. “I don’t want to get into it right now, but I have my reasons.” Organisers have announced athletes will not need to be vaccinated to compete in Tokyo. But non-compliance with the mandatory safety protocols will see them booted out f...
Governor Fayemi Says State Governors will take COVID19 Vaccine on Live Television
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Governor Fayemi Says State Governors will take COVID19 Vaccine on Live Television

Ekiti state governor and the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, has said that state governors will be taking the COVID19 vaccines on live television to demonstrate to their residents that the vaccine works. Governor Fayemi disclosed this to state house correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari where security, the economy, and vaccine management were discussed. When asked if governors will also take the vaccine on live television, Governor Fayemi said “Absolutely. We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines would work. Don’t forget, we have a lot of experience on this. Governors Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience'' He also noted ...
George Floyd: Athletes to be Banned at Tokyo Olympics
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George Floyd: Athletes to be Banned at Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reiterated that athletes are still banned from protesting at the Olympic Games, SportingLife reports. This follows the decision of other sports, to allow protests following George Floyd’s death in police custody. Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” This means that athletes who breach the rule will be disciplined. The IOC had issued guidelines in January this year, banning protests include taking a knee and other gestures. Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died after a white Minneapolis policeman kneed into his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25. His death sparked protests ...
Sex with omeone you don’t Live With is now Illegal in UK
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Sex with omeone you don’t Live With is now Illegal in UK

UK citizens have been banned from having sex with anyone outside of their own household under new coronavirus lockdown legislation rolled out by the Government. The UK government on Monday June 1, introduced new measures that ban people from socialising indoors with anyone not already in their household. The new regulation reads: ‘No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.’ Previously, anyone who goes inside another person’s home would be breaching the lockdown rules but now both persons could be prosecuted under the new amendment to the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 bill, that was tabled before Parliament on Monday. According to the new rules, onl...
Coronavirus: UK Govt Releases New Guidelines for Premier League Resumption
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Coronavirus: UK Govt Releases New Guidelines for Premier League Resumption

The UK government on Wednesday released new guidelines that sports clubs and athletes will follow ahead of the English Premier League (EPL) resumption date. DAILY POST recalls that the UK government had a few days ago given EPL and all other top-level sports in England the green light to restart the season next month but behind closed doors and without spectators until a coronavirus vaccine is found. EPL is currently suspended indefinitely, with nine matches remaining due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. However, Sky Sport reports that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) issued a document on Wednesday featuring guidelines designed to allow each sport to make a risk assessment on when it’s safe for training to resume amid the COVID...
Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports
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Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill that aims to ban transgender female athletes from participating in school sports. If signed into law, the ban would apply to all students studying in the state. The "Save Women's Sports Act," introduced by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto this week would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons' biological sex. While Barto and others who voted for the bill agree that Is is about keeping a level playing field, opponents argue that it fails to protect LGBTQ kids and transgender youth. During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Kirsten Engel said, "The impact will not be to protect women's sports, instead ...
Peak Milk Headlines Abuja 2020 World Para-powerlifting World Cup, Urges Nigerians to be Unstoppable
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Peak Milk Headlines Abuja 2020 World Para-powerlifting World Cup, Urges Nigerians to be Unstoppable

Peak Milk from the stables of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, will be lead sponsor for the Abuja 2020 World Para-powerlifting World Cup, a tournament scheduled to hold in Abuja between 5 -7 February, 2020 and hosted by Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria. This para-powerlifting World Cup, a competition for male and female athletes is the qualifying championship to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where the foremost dairy brand, Peak will back the Nigerian para-powerlifting team, “The Unstoppables” to victory. #BeUnstoppable, Peak Milk’s campaign for the competition is in line with the brand’s purpose which enjoins all Nigerians to reach for their Peak. Since 2016, Peak has committed to partnering these brave athletes to achieve even mor...
12th African Games: Allowances Of All Athletes Paid – FG
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12th African Games: Allowances Of All Athletes Paid – FG

The Federal Government has paid the allowances of all Nigerian athletes to the on-going 12th African Games in Rabat. Mr Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, shortly after arriving Rabat to support and cheer Team Nigeria to victory in the Games. Adesola who arrived Rabat on Monday was emphatic that the ministry was not owing the athletes any outstanding allowance for the Games. “The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is not owing athletes of Team Nigeria at the on-going African Games in Rabat, Morocco any outstanding allowance,” he said. NAN reports that the clarification became imperative following reports in some quarters that some athletes were being owed allowances....
Divine Oduduru Qualifies for NCAA Championships in US
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Divine Oduduru Qualifies for NCAA Championships in US

Nigeria’s fastest runner in 2019, Divine Oduduru has qualified for the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA outdoor championships. The event is slate to hold between June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Oduduru, the fastest collegian this year in the men’s 100m and 200m, had an easy progress in both events. For clocking 10.06 in the 100m to finish second overall behind Cravon Gillespie, who recorded 10.01 and 10.03, Oduduru secured his spot in the final come June. Oduduru then placed second overall in the 200m with 20.08 behind Texas Tech teammate Andrew Hudson (20.04). The duo later teamed up to win the 4x100m in 39.00, just 0.03 ahead of an Oregon squad that featured Gillespie on the second leg. A flurry of speedy sprint performances hea...
Top Stars Jet in for Okpekpe Race
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Top Stars Jet in for Okpekpe Race

Kenyan trio of Alex Korio (2015 men’s champion), Simon Cheprot (2016 men’s champion) and Polline Wanjiku (2016 women’s champion) will lead over 35 international elite athletes to Nigeria today ahead of Saturday’s IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which holds in Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. The trio will be coming in with their focus on making history as the first man and woman to win two Okpekpe titles since the inaugural edition of the race in 2013. ”The athletes will come in through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos and will be transported to Auchi where accommodation has been reserved for them. The athletes, together with their Nigerian counterparts will go on tour of the course on Friday in line with IAAF require...
Commonwealth Wrestling Champion, Adekuoroye blasts Akeredolu, dumps Ondo for MFM
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Commonwealth Wrestling Champion, Adekuoroye blasts Akeredolu, dumps Ondo for MFM

Nigerian female wrestling sensation, Odunayo Adekuroye, has revealed that she has dumped Ondo State and has opted to represent Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, MFM at the forthcoming 3rd Governor Dickson Wrestling Championships in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State. The world number four wrestler, who disclosed this to DAILY POST on Saturday, emphasized that her decision to quit Ondo State was borne out of her desire to give back to those who have given her the necessary support to excel as a wrestler. According to the two-time Commonwealth Games Champion, Adekuoroye berated the Ondo State Governor, Olawarotimi Akeredolu for allegedly turning a blind eye to the plight of athletes and wrestlers in the state, particularly as it concerns training, equipment and incentives. The Ondo-...
Olympic champion and intersex athlete, Caster Semenya allowed to participate in men’s events – IAAF
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Olympic champion and intersex athlete, Caster Semenya allowed to participate in men’s events – IAAF

The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) has said that athletes like South Africa's Caster Semenya are welcome to enter men's events if they are not willing to take medicine to lower their testosterone levels. This comes days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, ruled in favour of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that female athletes such as Semenya, who is intersex must take testosterone suppressants like the contraceptive pill to stay under the permitted level to continue competing as a woman in any running event between the 400m and the mile. Responding to a letter from the World Medical Association (WMA) which urged doctors not to enforce controversial new IAAF gender rules for classifying female athletes,...
Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Next Move after Retirement
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Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Next Move after Retirement

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he could move into coaching once he retires from football. The Portuguese captain joined the Serie A champions from Real Madrid last summer in an £88million deal. Asked about his next move and whether he would consider moving into coaching after retiring from football, the 34-year-old was quoted by Express UK as saying: “Why not?” “The first thing I do when I get to a new club is to be myself, not anything else,” Ronaldo added. “My work ethic is always the same. You must be humble and remember that you don’t know everything. “If you’re smart, you catch the little things that improve you as an athlete. I adapted perfectly at Juve. They’ve seen that I’m not a fraud. “Only football and normal things have been talked...
Olympic champion Semenya loses appeal against testosterone rules
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Olympic champion Semenya loses appeal against testosterone rules

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by Olympics 800 metres champion Caster Semenya against the introduction of regulations to restrict testosterone levels in female athletes. The court ruled that regulations were needed for athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) to ensure fair competition. The rules cover events ranging from 400m to a mile. The case is likely to have wide-reaching consequences, not just for the future of athletics, but all women’s sport, and has split opinion around the globe. But while dismissing the appeal, CAS also voiced concerns about the application of the new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations. The rules mean Semenya and others with DSD hoping to compete at the Doha World C...
Divine Odurudu: Reviving Nigeria’s Hope in Sprint
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Divine Odurudu: Reviving Nigeria’s Hope in Sprint

In recent years, Nigeria’s performance in the sprints has dwindled and the country could no longer count on its sprinters for medal in major competitions like the Olympics and World Athletics Championship. The country’s athletes now only thrive in competitions such as the All African Games and to some extent, the Commonwealth Games. However, with sprint sensation- Divine Oduduru finding his groove, hope is now back on the horizon for medals at the world stage    Though Nigeria may not have won medals in the sprints at the1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona respectively, the country paraded mind bogling names such as Chidi Imoh, Innocent Egbunike, Yusuf Ali, Mary Onyali, Ajayi Agbebaku, Gloria Alozie and Falilat Ogunkoya among many othe...
Osheku predicts new course record at Okpekpe Road Race
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Osheku predicts new course record at Okpekpe Road Race

Former national 800m/1500m runner and foremost athletics coach, Anthony Osheku has predicted new course records at the seventh edition of the IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race, which holds next month in Okpekpe, Edo State. Osheku, one of Nigeria’s top road race experts, believes the 2019 IAAF regulations and the decision of the organisers of the Okpekpe race to seek a gold label status for the event next year will make this year’s race the best in terms of the quality of its elite field of athletes. “The 2019 IAAF regulations have made it compulsory for all label races to have a minimum of six men and six women from the pool of athletes whose status corresponds to the label being applied for. This will ensure that a Gold Label race, for example, has at least 12 o...
FIFA Confirms North and South Korea Bid to Stage 2023 Women’s W’Cup
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FIFA Confirms North and South Korea Bid to Stage 2023 Women’s W’Cup

North and South Korea – who are still technically at war – remain in the running to host the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup. South Korea’s Football Association has registered to bid for the tournament, expressing an interest in doing so with the North Korean FA. Any joint bid would be the latest in a number of displays of sporting unity between the nations, at war since 1950. North and South Korean athletes took part in a joint march at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, also fielding a combined women’s ice hockey team. Alongside the World Cup bid, the two countries are hoping to hold the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games together. The Olympic Committees from both nations met the International Olympic Committee in February to discuss the idea. FIFA re...
N45m in Prize Money on Offer at 7th Okpekpe Road Race
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N45m in Prize Money on Offer at 7th Okpekpe Road Race

A total prize purse of over N45million will be on offer at the seventh Okpekpe International 10km Road Race next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State. Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the race announced the unchanged prize money outlay on the event’s website,www.okpekperoadrace.com In the outlay, a total of $112,000 is on offer as prize money to the top eight finishers in the men and women’s elite race with the winner in each gender category going home with $20,000 while $13,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers. The prizes for 4th-8th placed finishers in each gender category are $6,500, $3,000, $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively. Organisers also announced an unchanged prize money outlay for Nigerian runners at the race...
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Athletes are among the highest paid sports professionals in the world

Athletes are among the highest paid sports professionals in the world, depending on the sport that one participates in. The highest paying sports include NFL, NBA, Golf, Soccer, and Boxing. The money earned by various sports does not just result from the sale of tickets. In fact, endorsements by world-renowned brands are highly involved in sports revenue. According to the Forbes report in 2018, the top 100 best athletes combined raked in a staggering $3.8 billion (the report captured these figures within a period of 12 months). The sports personalities came from 11 different sports and 23 different countries. Floyd Mayweather led as the top-earning athlete with a whopping $285 million. The United States produced the highest earners, especially from the NBA. Soccer players were also among t...
Global Outreach to Launch Boxing, Beach Games in Nigeria
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Global Outreach to Launch Boxing, Beach Games in Nigeria

As part of efforts to promote professional boxing in Nigeria and also give the youths a veritable platform to exhibit their skills in beach sports, the Ooni of Ife Global Outreach, an international organisation has concluded plans to organise two major events in Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Oni of Ife Global Outreach, Dr Ayobami Oyedera said the essence is not only to promote sports but also the African culture CEO Sal 2019,Yann Craven said  the  African Beach Games is a new International Olympic Committee project that will feature beach versions of soccer, handball, volleyball, tennis (doubles and mixed doubles), freestyle football and 3×3 basketball. Others are athletics (Half Marathon), Karate (Kata), Coastal rowing (beach sprints), Kiteboard, Boardercross and Open Wate...
Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes
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Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Wednesday, May 22, as the closing date for registration of athletes for the seventh edition of the only IAAF Silver Label road running event in Africa in 2019 which holds on Saturday May 25 in Okpekpe, Edo State. Zak Amodu, the race’s Director of Organisation said the online registration for the historic race will close on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019. ”Accreditation and number pick up will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end the next day, Friday May 24. It will start at 8:00 a.m. each day at Yak Hotel along Auchi-Benin Road,” revealed Amodu who insisted that there will be no accreditation on race day. ”To pick up your race number you will need to print a copy of your order confirmation email or Order Number and p...
Celebs

21 Celebrities Who Own Private Jets

Let’s face it, flying in your own private jet is the ultimate way of moving around. It is also a good method of saving travel time. Very few people can afford to buy their own private jet, which is why only a select few have their own. So, we have listed a few famous people -  entertainers and athletes  - who flying first class on a commercial plane just won’t do it for them. Some of them are listed below. Tiger Woods Eldrick "Tiger" Woods is one of the most successful golfers of all time. For several years, he was rated as the highest-paid athletes in the world. Tiger Woods owns a Gulfstream G550, which sells for $53.5 million. The 18-seater can fly upward of 7,500 miles nonstop without refueling. Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an American actor and filmmaker. Bet...
IAAF World Rankings System Launched
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IAAF World Rankings System Launched

The IAAF on Tuesday launched its new official world rankings system, designed to provide a more effective way of identifying the top athletes in each discipline by rewarding consistency and competition among the world’s best. Athletes’ positions in the IAAF world rankings will be based upon the points they score, determined by their performance and place, and the importance of the competition in which those results are achieved to the IAAF global calendar. Following a 10-month period of consultation with stakeholders from across the athletics family, the final rankings system balances the wide-ranging feedback and competing needs of those within the sport. The world rankings will not be used for qualification for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, but yest...
Semenya’s Woman Status, Unquestionable, Says Lawyer
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Semenya’s Woman Status, Unquestionable, Says Lawyer

South Africa;s Caster Semenya’s lawyers have insisted that the world and Olympic 800m champion is “unquestionably a woman” before a court case against athletics’ governing body. Semenya is challenging a proposed IAAF rule that aims to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners. UK’s The Times reported that IAAF lawyers will say Semenya, 28, is a “biological male” as well as classified as female. The IAAF denied on Wednesday it will class any athlete with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) as male. “Ms Semenya is unquestionably a woman,” said Semenya’s lawyers in a statement on Thursday. “She is a heroine and an inspiration to many people around the world. “Ms Semenya is fighting for her right to run without being required to undergo unnecessary med...
National Sports Festival: Okowa Rewards Delta Athletes with N403m
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National Sports Festival: Okowa Rewards Delta Athletes with N403m

For emerging the overall winners at the last National Sports Festival in Abuja, Delta State athletes were on Monday rewarded with over N403 million by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for being worthy ambassadors of the state. Okowa noted that sports have become a window of opportunities and empowerment for young talents the world over and urged youths in Delta State to put their God-given talents to positive use, including sporting activities. On hand at Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba to honour the athletes who participated in the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged ”Abuja 2018”, were relatives of the athletes as well as the wife of the governor, Dame Edith Okowa, sports and government officials. Also rewarded were medalists at the 2018 edition of National Youth Games which ...
My Tribute to Taiwo Ogunjobi
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My Tribute to Taiwo Ogunjobi

I had to cancel all my appointments today following the very sad and shocking news of the passage of my friend of over 46 years – Taiwo Ogunjobi, this morning. I have been unable to function properly as I recall the early days and years of a fascinating relationship that only became temporarily chilled later in adult life when the political struggle in Nigerian football stretched our friendship without ever been able to destroy it. Nothing could have damaged the foundation of a friendship that we built at the point of evolving into adulthood together, getting an education, playing football, having our families, and ageing gracefully in recent years. I sought out Taiwo in 1972/73 when he was in Higher School at Ibadan Grammar School. He and several other great players, Christophe...
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Wigwe Promises More Excitement
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Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Wigwe Promises More Excitement

The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon ran its full course on February 2 in Lagos. Thrilled by the out come, Access Bank boss Herbert Wigwe, has vowed to give more muscle and support to future editions   Lagos Gov Akinwummi Ambode, Access Bank MD Herbert Wigwe and Uzoma Dozie Diamond Bank MD, present women winner, Denke Meserate with a $50,000 cheque. Over 100,000 professional athletes and keep fit enthusiasts participated in the race, which has continued to attract global attention. As usual East African athletes dominated the race and won the top prizes. However, Nigerian runners like Deborah Pam demonstrated that in no distance future, they too will begin to rub shoulders with the world elite athletes. Plateau State-born Pam who is dubbed the queen of Nigerian long-di...
Peak Milk Donates Wheelchair Accessible Bus to Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation
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Peak Milk Donates Wheelchair Accessible Bus to Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation

Para powerlifers and their coaches with the new bus FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, makers of Peak milk, presented a new mobility bus with wheelchair access to the Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation on Tuesday at the company’s headquarters in Lagos, thus fulfilling its promise to the Para-powerlifters. The International Paralympic Committee-approved mobility bus seats 12 people and 15 wheel chairs. This first of its kind mobility bus in Nigeria is equipped with automated lifts and other features to ensure convenience and the safety of athletes. At the presentation, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola said: “With this donation, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has elongated its catalo...

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