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Academy Set To Hold Free Tennis Clinic

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A Port Harcourt based tennis promotion outfit says it has concluded plans to orgnaise a free tennis clinic for school children during the Easter holiday, in the state.

The Director of Kodian Academy, Mrs. Stella Epegu disclosed this during an interview with sports journalists in Port Harcourt recently.

Mrs Epegu said that during Easter holidays the academy would pick physically fit players from the 23 Local Government areas in the state, and adequately prepare them for the free tennis tournament.

According to her, the years catch them young free tennis programme would not only be for children in Port Harcourt but across the state as the aim is to discover future champions, adding that the academy has been commenced discussions with school headmasters and principals for the exercise.

She further said that the trainees would be kitted with free tennis canvas and rackets, and lauded Total E and P for accepting to sponsor the tournament which is expected to kick-off on April 1st through 10 at Port Harcourt Club Tennis Court.

She said that with the cooperation of Rivers State Tennis Association, the Academy would discover more players in addition to the ones already discovered.

She also explained that Kodia Sports Academy is registered foundation with Chief Ikenna Okafor as its board chairman would ensure that the children were exposed to tournaments within Nigeria and outside the country annually.

It would be recalled that players of Kodian Sports Academy gave Rivers State seven gold, five silver and three bronze medals during the recent National School Sports Festival in Port Harcourt.

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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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