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IFBB To Organise Maiden League In Nigeria

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The Body Building Federation of Nigeria has put in place all necessary arrangements to organize a competition christened the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB), Fitness and Body Building league next year.
This was made known by the President of the BBFN, Mr Soye Elekima recently during an exclusive interview with Tide sports in Port Harcourt.
Mr Elekima said the aim of the league is to produce a formidable team capable of representing Nigeria in the forth-coming 2010 World Ultimate Men’s Classics scheduled to hold in Baku, Azerbaijan, November, next year.
He continued that each gymnasium in the country is expected to come with six to seven body builders as a team to participate in different categories, saying that, these teams would contest in the league and the best team would represent Nigeria in the finals at the world level.
According to Mr Elekima, the league would kick-off from the zonal levels to the qualifiers and then to the eliminations stage from where the winning team will be picked.
The president noted that, athletes are already warming up for the task ahead in order to be able to cope with the challenges associated with the league.
It would be recalled that Rivers State-born body building Pinigey Odum recently placed 4th in the recently-concluded 63rd (IFBB), World Body Building championship, which took place in Doha, Quatar.

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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