Rivers State Government has re-assured the people of the state that all facilities to be used in the 17th National Sports Festival tagged “Garden City Games” billed to hold in Port Harcourt, early next year would be the best and test runned before the commencement of the sports fiesta.
Hon Boma Iyaye, Commissioner for Sports in the state gave the assurance when he paid an unscheduled visit to the site for the game which is under construction.
The commissioner expressed satisfaction with the level of the ongoing construction work, especially the nine lane international standard swimming pool.
“I am particularly very happy over the level of work at the site, I am really impressed, especially the swimming pool. That is near completion”, Iyaye said.
He called on the contracting firm, Veltrop Nig Ltd to expedite action, in spite of the fact that they just received the pre-fabricated panels and urged them to begin the installation of the panels on the pool next week.
Engr Goddy Nduaka, who represented the company assured the state government that the pool would be ready soon, saying that their partners from Spain would be in the country this week to continue the work.
“Auxiliary facilities such as the viewing centre, technical rooms and other important areas of the pool will also be ready and tested before the games”, he said.
Engr Nduaka, commended the state government for effectively playing her part in terms of finance, adding that the contractor is now owing the government and the people of the state, a responsibility to deliver the pool on time.
However, he expressed sadness over the poor state of the access road leading to the project site.
It would be recalled that the state Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi had earlier said that he would be one of the first persons that would swim in the swimming pool when completed.
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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