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Total Threatens Legal Action Over Sponsorship Rights

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Total Promotions threatens legal action against the LMC over the non-performance of their settlement obligations relating to the handover of the League title sponsorship rights.

The last has not been heard of the NPFL title rights crises as Total Promotions have handed a one-week-ultimatum to the League Management Company, organizers of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL), to fulfil their end of the title rights resolution agreement by commencing payment of the N100,000,000 compensation which is due to them.

In a statement released to newsmen by their spokesperson, Funke Akerele, Total Promotions decried recent reports in the media that inferred the payment had been made.

The letter which was addressed to the chairman of the League Management Company, Hon. Nduka Irabor read thus:

“On March 22, 2013 this company wrote to you demanding that you honour your public statements to the effect that you have received and released to us N100m cheque being payment for relinquishing Title Rights we duly won from an open bidding conducted by NFL bid committee.

“In the accompanying MOU signed by all the three parties, including your LMC, you committed to releasing the cheque on or before March12 and to sign Title Rights agreement seven days after Total Promotions shall have received the payment.”

The company also criticised the LMC for reneging on their agreement by going ahead to sign a contract with GLO before to making the payment, which is contrary to the MOU that was signed by the three parties.

“Your company without regard to the MOU chose to immediately sign the agreement with GLO as announced to the media while not releasing the money to us till date.

“In further expression of our good faith, we shall extend the period for payment which was due on March 21 to April 11. We might be forced to seek redress at this expiration as the action of LMC and Glo might jeopardise the signed agreement”.

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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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