Bonvic Cricket Club, of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of the maiden edition of six by side Cricket tournament, held in Enitonnia High School, Port Harcourt at the weekend
Bonvic defeated Yorkers Club also of Port Harcourt by 76 runs against 56 runs.
Speaking at the occasion one of the major sponsors of the tournament, Cyril Djebah said government at all level in the country and other corporate organisations have given sports development premium in the state.
He described sports as the biggest employer of labour, since many people are involved during sports competitions.
“I said sports is the biggest imployer of labour because it involves the officials, printers, ushers etc which creates opportunity for people to earn their living one way or the other” Djebah said.
Djebah also stated that the tournament would be an annual event to popularise the game particularly in Rivers State.
He explained that Cricket is his best game and promised to sponsor cricket league next year to be participated by Cricket Clubs in the state.
“I am fulfilled to sponsor this tournament, because it gives me joy when I see young boys playing cricket.
I will sponsor cricket league next year. I want to ensure that the game is more popular than football in this state, “he stated.
Also speaking, the Chief Coach of Cricket Association in the state, Tonye Timinadi expressed joy over the successful hosting of the tournament.
Timinadi said cricket is one of the sports that teaches players how to discipline themselves as a person.
He used the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the competition, especially, Twin Lakes Ltd, Emems Enterprises Management and staff of Enitonnia High School and Mr Hilary Frank while appealing to parents to allow their children to participate in the game.
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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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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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