Delta State Government has inaugurated the state chapter of the Central Organising Committee for the 17th National Sports Festival, “Garden City Games 2010”. The 20-man committee is chaired by Mr. Amaju Pinnick.
The State Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), who inaugurated the committee explained that the committee is charged with the responsibility of organising the 5th Delta State Sports festival and the zonal elimination for ball games, ‘which are to serve as prelude to the 17th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt in the last quarter of the year 2010.
“It is the wish to the Government that Delta State retains the number one position which we have won and successfully defended in the past three consecutive editions of the National Sports Festival”.
Utuama urged the committee to inspire a new spirit and creativity into the state’s preparation and participation at the Garden City Games, reminding it that other states would be desirous of dethroning Delta State from its number one position.
“Your committee therefore has the arduous task of ensuring that Delta State achieves this objective of successfully defending our enviable number one slot”.
He listed the terms of reference of the committee as: ensuring adequate preparation of the state, determining the financial implication for the games, kits and other materials needed, ensuring the state’s successful participation, among others.
Pinnick in his response on behalf of the committee informed that Delta State was rated number one in all areas of the games and was ready to double its gold medal tally in the coming event.
He assured that the State ahs a good team and disciplined athletes that could deliver at the games.
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach
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.
Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach
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.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
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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