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Ex-International Makes Case for More Females in Sports

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An ex-table tennis international , Kasali Lasisi, on Tuesday appealed to parents to allow their female children to participate more in sports and dismiss the fear that they could be abused.

Lasisi made the appeal in an interview with newsmen at the Lagos International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Classics at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Lasisi, the Proprietor of the Ilorin-based Kasali Lasisi International Table Tennis Academy, said that many parents and guardians did not allow their girls to participate in sports due to the fear.

“I am using this opportunity to appeal to parents and guardians to allow their female children and wards to take to table tennis and sports generally.

“I know that, with the girl-child abuse now rampant, parents are scared of allowing their female children to be coached by males.

“Coaches now undergo different courses to enlighten us on how to treat girls we are coaching.

“We have been taught to behave like a coach, father and mother; if you cannot sleep with your child, it will be difficult for you to do such to a girl under your tutelage,” he said.

The ex-international urged upcoming sportsmen and women to take education serious, saying that the future would be bright for athletes who combined sports with education.

“A lot of parents have the mindset that sports will not allow their children to be focused. There are many former players now into law and medicine,’’ he said.

In the opening match of the competition, Mihai Bobocica of Italy defeated Emmanuel Joseph of Nigeria in a preliminary qualifier 11-2, 11-2, 13-11.

The tournament, which began on Monday, was sponsored by the Lagos State Government and jointly organised by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation and the ITTF.

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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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