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Amaechi Pledges Support For Polo Tournament

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Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi has stated the State Government’s readiness to support the hosting and organisation of Port Harcourt International Polo tournament next year January.

He made the declaration when the new Executive Council members of the Port Harcourt Polo Club led by its President, Mr Ibifiri Bobmanuel together with the Organising Committee visited him yesterday, at the Government House Port Harcourt.

The Governor, while congratulating the new management of the Polo Club for resolving their internal crisis said,” that is what unity does using the huge energy resource that all have. I will advise that you try to see how many of the companies that you can meet to sponsor the programme that is coming in January’’.

He stated that the State Government will only play the part of supporting the tournament due to the numerous projects it has at hand, “ we are willing to partner with you but don’t rely on the state Government only…We have a lot of projects we want to do’’.

Amaechi who was officially invested as the Grand Patron of the Port Harcourt Polo Club further congratulated the new management team of the club stating,” if it is true that you have resolved, then we thank God and we are willing to partner with you in the course of the development of the club’’.

He observed that it was easy to have a Polo Club in the State and therefore counselled them to seek more ways to promote the sport rather than seeking to compete with other sports club, stressing that polo is a unique sport.

In his remarks earlier, President of the club, Mr Ibifiri Bobmanuel informed the Governor that the club had resolved its internal wranglings and was poised to host an international tournament next year.

He said since the team came on board, it had refurbished the facility and installed new facilities to meet world standards.

Mr Bobmanuel submitted that currently the club is rated amongst the first 100 in the world and thanked the Governor for all his kind support, “ we have to show our love and support for the good work you are doing for Rivers people’’, he further said.

Chairman of the Organisisng Committee of Port Harcourt International Polo Tournament 2013′, Admiral Dutse James Boer solicited for government’s support to the tournament and disclosed that it plans to raise about N120 million in order to successfully host the tourney next year.

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WAFU Zone B Qualifier: Rivers Govt Throws Weight Behind Angels FC

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Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike, has placed a marching order to accord the necessary support needed to aid the Jewels of Rivers, Rivers Angels FC  qualify from  the  West African Union(WAFU) B and ultimately win the CAF Women’s Champions League Cup.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye  disclosed this, Monday, in a press statement signed by the state government’s press officer, Daniel Nwankwoala.
The commissioner commended the team for its victory over Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in the opening match of their group qualifier, played at the weekend.
He promised to give the necessary support needed, as ordered by the State Governor, to enable the team get the desired results, playing their CAF Women’s  qualifier and win the cup as well.
“The Governor has placed an order to ensure that the team lacks nothing needed,  to help boost their morale, help them perform optimally and aid victory, as they embarked on this maiden competition,”  Iyaye said.
Earlier, head coach of the team, Edwin Okon,  has expressed optimism that his team will perform even better, having prepared adequately for the competition.
“We will fight to the end, my girls will do even better job. I can assure you that, the(players) are  in high spirit and determined to win.
“I am glad that we don’t have injuries worries, so, we are set and ready to do Nigeria proud,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Port Harcourt, Nigeria representatives started  their campaign in the WAFU Zone B qualifier  with a 2-0 win against their Ghana opponents, Hasaacas Ladies on Saturday, to get closer to qualification for the semi-finals.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Sports Minister Hails Anyanacho,Offiong

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described Elizabeth Anyanacho as a future star.
Anyanacho lost 12-7 to Turkey’s Nur Tatar in the Round of 16 of the women’s 67kg taekwondo event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday morning.
Dare, who watched the bout, congratulated the 22-year-old despite the defeat.
“You’ve done well against a world champion. Keep your focus. The world will soon rise to salute you in the near future,” Dare told Anyanacho.
Tidesports source reports that he was also on hand to encourage Edem Offiong, who lost 4-1 in the second round of women’s table tennis to the USA’s Lily Zhang.
“You exhibited strength and talent. Nigeria thank you for making the country proud at the Olympics,” Dare told Offiong.
The pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori also lost their second Group B match in the men’s doubles badminton event against Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen, while Dorcas Adesokan was beaten 2-0 by Spain’s Clara Azurmendi in the opening Group B match of the women’s badminton singles.

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We Won’t Give Up On Playing For Nigeria – Ogwumike Sisters

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Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams say they haven’t given up their dream of representing Nigeria in the future after they were denied the opportunity to play for the country women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Games.
The three WNBA stars, who all have American and Nigerian citizenship, would have strengthened D’Tigress squad at the Olympics, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled they were ineligible to represent Nigeria at the moment after having played for the United States.
“I still have a lot of pride and high hopes for the Nigerian team as it is composed now,” Nneka Ogwumike said.
“So, maybe this time around, I won’t be a part of it directly, but I certainly do hope that I can be in the future.”
“I think the fight has just begun,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I cannot accept to being called a naturalised citizen, when I have full citizenship.
“People don’t know the extent to which my family, and myself in particular, ever since I was at Stanford, has been going back to Nigeria to help. So to have someone say that I am not Nigerian is not fair to my family or my heritage or myself. It just does not feel right at all.”
Williams, who plays for the Atlanta Dream said, “It’s really about the principle now. We’re still going to keep appealing and fighting because I think people need to understand there are a lot of us that have dual citizenship. Even if we grew up here, our households look very different than what people think, and that part of us is very real.

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