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Probe N27m Fraud In Dolphins …Ex-Supporters Chairman

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The chairman of a grassroots sports promoting Organization (OTS) and Association and former chairman of Dolphins FC Supporters Club of Port Harcourt, Ambassador Otis Asonye has called for immediate Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt.
Asonye In an interview with Tidesports said that there was need for the sponsors of the club, Rivers State Government to get to the root of the allegation so that effective steps would be taken to forestall future occurrence.
According to him, the recent sack of the club’s General Manager, Dumbor Aawanen is not  enough as he believes that more people may be  involved in the saga.
Sources close to the club, who spoke under condition of anonymity said that the sacking of Aawanen might not be unrelated to alleged ale of a Dolphin player and subsequent diversion of the money realised.
The former supporters club chairman further urged the state government  to carry out a detailed audit of Dolphins FC’s finances and transactions.
‘ It is important to properly investigate the N27m fraud that is rocking the club because General Manager may not be  the only one involved. Both the technical crew and management have been selling players without due process and knowledge of the state government that spends millions of naira on the club and players, Asonye said.
He added that, ‘ sack or suspension should not be  the only disciplinary measure against anybody found culpable, they should be charged to court and prosecuted”.
Efforts to get across to the Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Hon Fred Igwe yielded no result as he failed to pick our phone calls.

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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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