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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigers lose again, occupy bottom spot
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigers lose again, occupy bottom spot

Nigeria’s D’Tigers on Saturday lost their third Group B game against Italy in the men’s basketball event at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. D’Tigers lost 71-80 to Italy on Saturday to finish bottom of their group. The defeat against Italy was their third loss at the Olympics. Recall that D’Tigers lost their first game against Australia a few days ago. They also fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to Germany in the early hours of Wednesday. D’Tigers lost 92 – 99 against the German side.
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare Suspended
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare Suspended

Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor has been “provisionally” suspended for doping at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in Japan. The Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, made this known in a press statement on Saturday. AIU said that Okagbare tested positive for a banned substance – human growth hormone. The anti-doping body said the 32-year-old tested positive for the prohibited substance in an out-of-competition test on July 19 – four days before the Olympics started. The results of that test were only received by the track and field’s anti-doping body late Friday after Okagbare, who won her heat in 11.05seconds, qualified for the semifinals of women’s 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics. Okagbare will no longer compete at the Tokyo Olympics following the suspension...
Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics
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Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics

Two Trinidad and Tobago track and field athletes have been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus in the Games Village, officials said on Friday. Long jumper Andwuelle Wright and 400m hurdler Sparkle Ann McKnight have been transferred to hotel quarantine along with coach Wendell Williams after all three returned positive tests, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee said on its website. The long jump and women’s 400m hurdles start on Saturday. Tokyo Olympics organisers announced 27 Games-related coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest so far at the event.
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Olympics: Blessing Okagbare, Nwokocha Qualify for 100m Semi-finals

Top Nigerian athletes, Blessing Okagbare, and Grace Nwokocha, have qualified for the semi-final of the women’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Okagbare finished top in Heat 6 in a time of 11.05 (-0.1) seconds while United Kingdom’s Asha Phillips finished second in 11.31 seconds and Bahamian athlete Tynia Gaither came third in 11.34 seconds. This is Okagbare’s third consecutive Olympics semi-final and the fourth appearance in the Olympics, The PUNCH reports. On her part, home-based athlete Grace Nwokocha finished third with a new Personal Best of 11.00 seconds to qualify for the semi-final. World no. 1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the heat with 10.84s with Switzerland’s Ajia Del Fonte placing 2nd with 10.91s. 32-year-old Okagbare is an Olympic and World Championship me...
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Djokovic Cruises Past Nishikori to Reach Tokyo Olympics Semi-finals

Novak Djokovic eased into the Tokyo Olympics men’s tennis semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets thrashing of Japanese hope Kei Nishikori. The world number one, chasing a calendar Golden Grand Slam, ended home interest in the tennis with a ruthless 6-2, 6-0 victory in only 70 minutes. Djokovic has never won the Olympic singles title, with a bronze medal in 2008 his best result at the Games, but will face either Alexander Zverev or Jeremy Chardy in the last four. The 34-year-old Serb, who has already captured the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this season, was never in trouble against Nishikori, who made 16 unforced errors. The former world number four did save two match points in the final game, but Djokovic made no mistake on the next opportunity. ...
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron at Opening Ceremony
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron at Opening Ceremony

World No. 2 tennis player, Naomi Osaka, who represents Japan, was given the honour to serve as the final Olympic torchbearer for the Tokyo Olympic Games, lighting the Olympic flame during Friday's Opening Ceremony of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games. The first two torchbearers were former Olympic athletes Tadahiro Nomura and Saori Yoshida, who passed it off to baseball legends Shigeo Nagashima, Sadaharu Oh and Hideki Matsui. Hiroki Ohashi and Junko Kitagawa, a doctor and a nurse, carried the flame to seven-time Paralympian and wheelchair marathoner Wakako Tsuchida, who was the first Japanese athlete to win gold in both Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. The Paralympian passed the flame to six young athletes from middle and high schools from regions devastated by the Fukus...
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...
Uche Eke: Meet Nigeria’s First Olympics Gymnast
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Uche Eke: Meet Nigeria’s First Olympics Gymnast

According to The PUNCH, with 24-year-old Uche Eke, Nigeria will present a gymnast at the Tokyo Olympics, a thing that has never happened since 1952 when the country started participating in Olympics. Eke, who is Nigeria’s first gymnast at the Olympics, is expected to fly the Nigeria colours on Saturday, July 24. The Nigerian is a master balance. Like in sports, Eke is outstanding intellectually – scooping up a Margaret Mann award for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and professional promise. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information’s Master of Science in Information program with a 4.0 GPA. By qualifying for Tokyo Olympics, the 24-year-old Olympic medal hopeful said he has reached his ultimate athletic training goal. “I dream about raising ...
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...
Poland send six swimmers home after selecting too many by mistake for Tokyo Olympics
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Poland send six swimmers home after selecting too many by mistake for Tokyo Olympics

Six Polish swimmers have been sent back home from the Tokyo Olympic Games following a shocking administrative error. The Polish Swimming Federation was forced to cut its contingent of 23 to 17 after admitting they sent too many athletes to Japan following a misunderstanding of FINA qualifying standards. “I express great regret, sadness, and bitterness about the situation related to the qualification of our players for the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Pawe? S?omi?ski, the President of the Polish Swimming Federation said. “Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the players, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) is understandable to me and justified.” The impacted swimmers, Alicja Tchórz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Pola?ska,...
Roger Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics
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Roger Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Roger Federer announced on Tuesday he has withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after a “setback” in his recovery from a knee injury. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz last week. The 39-year-old Federer, who has never won an Olympic singles gold medal, underwent two surgeries on his right knee in 2020. “During the grass court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer said in a statement on social media. The tennis competitions in Japan are set to start on July 24, the day after the opening ceremony. Federer, who turns 40 next month, pulled out of the French Open after reaching the fourth round, hoping to...
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...
Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row
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Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohammed Salah is set to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics after Liverpool won the club vs country row. Egypt wanted their star forward, 29, to take part in the Games and play in the opening group match against Spain on July 22 in Sapporo but new reports indicate Salah will remain with his club for pre-season rather than travel to Japan for the three-week event. Egyptian FA chiefs are unhappy with the decision by Liverpool but understand they will need him again at the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next January and February in Cameroon. Jurgen Klopp will want Salah available at the beginning of the season as the team look to mount a title challenge and would not mind missing him next year January as long as he plays at the beginning of this season for...
Qatari world 400m sprint bronze medalist, Abdalelah Haroun dies in car crash at 24
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Qatari world 400m sprint bronze medalist, Abdalelah Haroun dies in car crash at 24

Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, who won the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships, has died in a car crash. The Qatar Athletics Federation confirmed in a statement that he died on Saturday June 26th. He was 24. 'World Athletics is deeply saddened to hear that Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun – 2017 world 400m bronze medallist and a former world junior champion – has died in a car crash at the age of 24,' the statement read. The former world junior champion had been hoping to qualify for this year's Tokyo Olympics, and was undergoing rehabilitation following an injury. The federation’s secretary-general, Mohammed Issa al-Fadala, said Qatar sports and athletics “lost a great hero” on a global level. “He was in a rehabilitation programme aft...
Naomi Osaka Pulls Out of Wimbledon but Plans to Return for Tokyo Olympics
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Naomi Osaka Pulls Out of Wimbledon but Plans to Return for Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from this month's Wimbledon championships for personal reasons but plans to be back for the Tokyo Olympics. "Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year," the statement read. "She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans." The summer Olympics begin on July 23. This is the third tournament the women's No. 2 ranked tennis player will miss after withdrawing from the French Open and opting out of a Wimbledon warmup tournament in Berlin. In May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the media at Roland Garros. The four-time Grand Slam champion posted a statement on Twitter saying she was pulling out so that ...
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...
Ambitious China Turn To Hiddink To Fulfil Olympic Hopes
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Ambitious China Turn To Hiddink To Fulfil Olympic Hopes

Highly respected Dutch coach Guus Hiddink looks poised to take on a leading role in China’s aggressive push to finally become a force in international football. Hiddink The 71-year-old was pictured this week — glasses perched on his nose and taking notes — watching China’s under-21 side beat Myanmar 1-0 at home, amid reports that he is set to be formally appointed coach to lead the team into the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. When confirmed by the Chinese Football Association (CFA), the former Dutch national team manager will join another well-known veteran, the Italian World Cup winner Marcello Lippi, in China’s coaching set-up. The 70-year-old Lippi has been in charge of the senior side since 2016 and overseen a steady improvement, although China still failed to reach the World ...
Japan Unveils N324m Mobile Mosques To Welcome Muslim Fans During 2020 Olympics
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Japan Unveils N324m Mobile Mosques To Welcome Muslim Fans During 2020 Olympics

Japanese automotive company Yasu Project has unveiled a Mobile Mosque outside Toyota Stadium in Toyota City to welcome thousands of Muslim athletes and fans during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Japan. The Mobile truck mosque which costs US$900,000 (N324m)(the group aim to lower the price) will address the concerns of Muslim visitors and fans who must pray 5 times a day during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.   The Mobile Mosque is equipped with air-conditioned prayer room that can fit 50 worshippers and a compass that points to the Qibla in Makkah. Also included is an outdoor taps and a washing area for pre-worship cleansing. The company’s president said: "We hope the vehicle will be stationed at Olympic and Paralympic venues as a show of Japanese hospitality: ...

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