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Rivers Governor’s Cup Kicks Off, Thursday

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The 2010 edition of the Rivers State Governors Football Cup competition which has suffered three postponements is set to Commence on the 20th of this month through 17th February.

Enyadike Amadike, the project manager, Deportivo Vandyke Internatioknal Limited, consultants of the tournament disclosed this while fielding questions from sports journalists, shortly after he held a meeting with local government (LGA) representatives and other stake holders in the state at the boardroom of the Alfred Diete-Spiff Sports Complex, Port Harcourt.

According to him, the tournament would not suffer more and the date given is certain for the commencement.

“I must say that the competition will kick-start on that date Thursday this week. The competition, has shifted three times was not a deliberate act but as a result of administrative laxity during the period.

But, we are very certain of this current date you will agree with me that sometimes your programme could be affected by unforeseen circumstance,” Amadike said.

The project manager continued that the 2011 edition would hold at the last quarter of this year because the competition is an annual event, saying that they cannot afford to miss any year.

“This current competition is for 2010 edition, towards the third quarter of this we are sure to  hold for 2011.”

Amadike further revealed that the most valuable player (MVP) in the tournament would be awarded scholarship to study abroad and the opportunity to go for football trials outside the shores of Nigeria. He added that Vandyke International Limited have  plans to establish football academy in Port Harcourt to promite grassroots football development.

Benjanin Akobo, Secretary, Rivers State Football Association (RSFA) apologised to LGA representatives over the delays, the tournament experienced.

According to him, such has not happened before and pleaded that the LGA should try their best to regroup their players.

Tonye Orabere

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Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020

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Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on  Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

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LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,”  he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as  4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.

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S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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