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Nigeria Beach Volleyball Targets 2016 Olympics

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Chairman of the Beach Volleyball Commission of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod has said that the federation’s aspiration for now is to appear at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Nimrod told newsmen in Abuja that there has been a fast-paced level of development in the Nigerian game in recent times.

“Beach volleyball is moving very fast in Nigeria, and it should now aspire to the next level, which is for us to be at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,’’ he said.

The NVBF board member said Nigeria’s fast rate of development in the game is manifested in its position on the continent and the country’s qualification for many world championships.

“We are number two in Africa currently, and no African country has produced as much as the number of under-age teams we have produced in recent times.

“We have teams in the under-19 and under-21 categories, and this is why we qualified last year for the World Youth Championship on Cyprus and the World Junior Championship in Canada,’’ he said.

Nimrod said the Nigerian senior team was also at the African championship last year in Mauritius, finishing behind South Africa and Angola.

“We really have good teams, as we have recorded lots of achievements over the years. We, however, hope to have lots of competitions and other programmes to complement this, for us to appear at the Rio Games,’’ he said.

The NVBF Beach Volleyball Commission chairman said the game had been further helped by its sponsorship by Samsung Electronics Nigeria.

“Samsung’s sponsorship is wonderful, and it has made the game here to be at a high-level, and we are indeed grateful to the company,’’ he said.

Nimrod pointed at the company’s sponsorship package for the second edition of the Samsung Electronics Male and Female Beach Volleyball Championship to buttress his point.

“Samsung’s sponsorship is great, and it has put the competition at par with the likes of those popular competitions we have worldwide.

“For example, the Monte Carlo event winners go with 2,000 U.S dollars, while the Samsung event in Abuja here has N150,000 for the winners,’’ he said.

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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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