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NBF Denies Withdrawal Of Boxers From Olympics

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The Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), has said that it was unaware. of the decision by the National Sports Commission (NSC) to withdraw Nigeria from the boxing event of the 2012 Olympic Games.

  NBF Secretary Patrick Uwagbale told newsmen in Lagos that if there was such a decision, it has yet to be contacted officially.

He spoke against the backdrop of speculations that the NSC took the decision following the boxers’ poor performances in recent competitions, including the Delhi Commonwealth Games in India.

“If it is true, the NBF will appeal to the NSC to rescind it,” Uwagbale sa’ .

He stressed that the only reason that might prevent Nigerian boxers  from featuring at the London Olympics was the trials which would hold in February 2012.

“The boxers should be given the benefit of doubt to prove that they will be worthy representatives of the country at the Olympics through the trials.

“Where we fail to qualify for the Games at the trials, then the NSC will be justified in its alleged plan not to feature the boxers,” he said.

The secretary also  said that the NBF planned to organise a national boxing  championships in February to select boxers to represent Nigeria at the All Africa Games in Mozambique.

“We intend to use the national championships to pick the very best male and female boxers in the country.

“Boxers selected from the championships will be invited to camp to start preparation for the All Africa Games holding in August.

“We, therefore, call on corporate sponsors to partner with us in our drive to reposition boxing in the country,” he said.

Uwagbale added that the Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah-led NBF intended to restore boxing in the country to its lost glory through well thought out programmes.

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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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