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NFF Secretary Wants Equal Fans’ Attention On Other Sports

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Bolaji Ojo-Oba has challenged Nigerian sports fans to ask critical questions of other sports the same way they ask of football.
Speaking in Abuja early in the week, the FIFA/CAF Match Commissioner and Security Officer said he is of the view that should Nigerians ask of other sports even one tenth of the questions they usually ask of football, leaders of those other sports might also sit up and do something for general sports development.
“I am aware that football is King of sports, but let us not continue to pretend that football is the ONLY sport. That football is the ‘King of sports’ does not mean it is the only sport. Every minute, every hour, we ask questions of football, of the administrators, of the coaches, of the players, of the referees, and so on.
“But we keep quiet about the failings of the other sports and those other sports remain comatose.
“The present administration at the NFF has won five trophies, won Olympic silver, made good changes to administration in terms of personnel and physical edifice, got more partners from the private sector than ever, focused on areas of development and achieved harmony within its rank. Yet, the critics are unsparing, for God knows what.
“This country won her first Olympic medal in boxing (1964 Tokyo Games), and then won another bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and then a silver at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, long before football won in Atlanta in 1996. What has happened to Nigeria boxing? ”Our country used to be heavyweight in weightlifting at the top level, and there was an era we were much–reckoned with in volleyball in Africa. Where is Nigeria volleyball now?
“There was a Governor’s Cup tennis tournament in Lagos recently where all Nigerian players were beaten black and blue, and several years past, we used to be in serious play in the Davis Cup. What has happened? Recently, there was a FIBA African Basketball Championship in Libya where our team performed woefully. That was allowed to ride without much noise.
“In August, our track and field athletes went to the world championship in Berlin and failed to win a single medal, a trend that had been on for eight years or so. At the Atlanta Olympics 13 years ago, we won gold in women’s long jump. What has happened to athletics? ”Our country used to be the leading light of table tennis and wrestling in the African continent. What has happened to those sports?
“I can go on and on, but nobody appears to care about those sports, most of which have more medals at the Olympics than football. The so–called critics have failed us because they only talk about football, out of more than 30 sports.
“Football is the only sport doing something to lift Nigeria’s name, and yet the detractors go on without end about their perceived ‘downward trend’ of Nigeria football. Those critics also have questions to answer about the genuineness of their intention,” Ojo-Oba said.

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NYG: Rivers Basketball Team Embarks On Preparations

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The Rivers State Basketball Association,has commenced  preparations for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the  National Youth Games (NYG) scheduled to hold September, this year.
This was disclosed by  Head Coach of the body, Dagogo  Okumgba, yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports, at the state basketball court.
According to him, the team has commenced the preparation, ahead of the upcoming sports fiesta to build and fortify its athletes for the task ahead  and other engagements that may likely come up in the future.
Coach Okumgba explained that the athletes were in high spirit and are doing well in their preparation for the competition, saying that they (athletes) would compete honourably, when the fiesta eventually gets underway.
“The athletes are working assiduously to ensure they compete favourably and are poised for victory at the NYG scheduled to be hosted by Ilorin,  Kwara State,”  Okumgba said.
However, the coach feared team sports might not participate in the competition, as he lamented their (team’s) absence at the National Sports Festival (NSF) held in Edo early this year.
“I think the decision was made as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the number of athletes to take part in the festival. I don’t know, if what happened then will repeat itself, considering the third wave of the virus,” he said.
He urged his athletes to keep faith and keep the fire burning, adding that they should not relent in their preparation for the competition, whether or not they take part in the fiesta, the preparation will definitely keep them fit for other engagements.
“ It is better to be ready than not, just as the motto of the Boys Scout, l believe early preparation, being prepared at all times, is one major  key to success,” he concluded.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Covid-19 Scare: Team Nigeria Undergoes Daily Tests In Tokyo

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As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Tokyo, venue of the 2020 Olympics, Team Nigeria’s camp has resorted to daily testing of the members of their contingent.
Tidesports source gathered that there had been daily reports of athletes and officials contracting Covid-19 at the Olympics Games Village in Tokyo.
The Tidesports also reported that a Nigerian official in his 60s was hospitalised after contracting the virus.
One of the athletes, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said athletes and officials were taking necessary precautions to ensure they did not contract the virus.
According to him, this includes daily testing and staying away from the public.
“We are doing everything that needs to be done not to contract the virus. We test daily and don’t mingle,” he said.
Another athlete, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was not the type of Olympics she would have loved to compete in due to the deadly virus. “It has not been easy here trying to adjust to the high temperatures. Covid-19 here is real. Athletes, particularly me, are very careful. Life isn’t easy here at all. Not the kind of Olympics I would have loved to take part in but in all, I’m glad to be here,” she said.
Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Femi Adetula, said the unnamed Nigerian official was already getting better but declined to name the official, saying the NOC was respecting his rights.
“It’s been confirmed that an official contracted the virus. He is in isolation, receiving treatment and he is doing fine. In a matter of days, the official will be out of isolation because of the recovery rate,” he said.

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NBA: Milwaukee Star Anxious To Visit Nigeria – Wants To Learn About His Roots

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Milwaukee Bucks All StarGiannis Antetokounmpo wants to visit Nigeria soon and  cannot wait to learn more about his roots.
Antetokounmpo, who produced a performance for the ages to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971 after a 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns last Monday, was born in and represents Greece.
“Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from. A lot of people think my mom or my dad is from Greece, but no,. Both of my parents are black. Both of my parents are Nigerians.”  Antetokounmpo said.
“I grew up in a Nigerian home, Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals,” he said.
Antetokounmpo,  who said his original surname  Adetokunbo  was  mispelt  at the Greek Passport office,  hasn’t traced his roots in person yet, but hopes to visit Nigeria either this summer or next summer ,  revealing that he got his Nigerian passport in 2015.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” Antetokounmpo said.
Meanwhile, Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon said Nigerians were proud of Giannis Antetokounmpo despite the Milwaukee Bucks All-Star representing Greece.
“I’m sure Nigerians are very proud of him, especially because of the way he has conducted himself and how he is dominating the league,” Olajuwon said. He has accomplished a great deal in such a short period of time,” he said.

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