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Warner Ready To Expose FIFA President

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Jack Warner has hit out at FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, promising he would reveal details of secret discussions between himself and the 75-year-old.

Warner resigned from his posts as CONCACAF President and FIFA vice president in June following allegations of bribery, and has since been engaged in a war of words with his old colleagues.

He has now vowed to lift the lid on the circumstances of Sepp Blatter’s rise to power.

“I will talk about the bitter elections for the FIFA presidency in 1998,” Warner said. “Sepp Blatter faced his most telling rival in Lennart Johansson and the detailed reason for the support, which was offered to him by both Mohamed Bin Hammam and me.

“We took him on a worldwide crusade begging for support for him and he won. I will tell the world what gift Bin Hammam gave to him [Petrus Damaseb, then Namibian FA President].

“With Bin Hammam’s private plane, we did the same for Blatter in 2002 in a most brutal election, and he won – a second time.

“I will reveal the circumstances under which I told Blatter that blackness in football must not be only on the field of play, but also in the field of FIFA administration.”

Warner also revealed that during his time at FIFA, he never found out Blatter’s salary.

“In spite of serving on the finance committee for over eight years, I was never able to determine the quantum of money given to him for the office of FIFA President.

“FIFA tried to muzzle me with threats of suspension. They have said that they will close down the FIFA development office in Trinidad by the year end.”

Finally, Warner implied that there is a sense of institutional racism within FIFA, pointing out that the ethnicity of the Presidents to date, with only one president, Dr Joao Havelange, not originating in Europe: “Three were English, one was Belgian, the incumbent is Swiss and the other two were French. Is it that people of colour cannot administer football? Or is it that Europeans possess the skill to do so?”

Sepp Blatter won a third term as FIFA President in May, running unopposed due to the suspension of Mohamed Bin Hammam due to corruption allegations.

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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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