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University Commends Contingent Performance

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The Vice-Chancellor, Cross River University of Science and Technology (CRUTECH), Calabar, Prof. Ene-Obong E. Ene-Obong, has commmended the school’s representatives at the just-concluded NUGA Games zonal elimination for a “respectable outing”.

Ene-Obong, gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Calabar on the institution’s closure since October 2010.

CRUTECH, host of the competition took fourth position with 10 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals.

The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) came tops with 62 gold, 37 silver and three bronze medals.

The University of Calabar (UNICAL) was second with 18 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze, while the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) came third with 12 gold, 20 silver and nine bronze medals.

The Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, took eight gold, 10 silver, and 19 bronze medals to pick the fifth position.

Other universities which participated are Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa, which placed sixth and Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, seventh.

Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), was eighth.

“I am impressed with the CRUTECH contingent’s performance because we are the youngest among the eight universities at the three-day NUGA Zone “D” preliminaries,” he said.

Ene-Obong said that he was optimistic that the school which had been on vacation following a strike by the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities would resume soon.

“The committee set up by Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River on the matter is expected to submit its report to him.

“I am optimistic that the university will resume very soon,” Ene-Obong said.

Meanwhile, Rivers State University of Science and Technology and Niger Delta University are to represent the zone in the football event of the Games to be hosted by University of Benin in March.

UNICAL and Rivers State University are also expected to fly the zone’s flag in table tennis, while CRUTECH and UNIPORT are slated for badminton.

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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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