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OPM Commits To Talent Discovery, Dev

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Ministries (OPM), have started its commitment to harnessing and developing sports talents among others, especially, at the grassroots level towards ensuring that gifted children are given the right environment to develop.
This commitment was stated by the General Over-Seer of the ministry, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere during the maiden inter-house sports competition of the OPM Free Nursery/Primary School, Port Harcourt, on Monday.
According to Apostle Chinyere, the school is focused on ensuring total development of the pupils, both mentally and physically and pays attention to sporting activities.
The sports competition involved two other branches of the school, Ohanku, Abia State and Eleme Schools.
Overall, a total of nine events among four houses, Gold, Diamond, Ivory and Silver Houses for the host school, six for invited schools, march past and parents’ races were competed in.
Gold House won the march past event with 76 points, Ohanku School placed second on 63 points and Ivory House third with 62 points.
Ivory House, however emerged overall winner of the sports competition after dominating the Tracks and Field events. It secured a total of 41 points to beat Silver House, 38 points and Diamond House, 37, to second and third positions, respectively.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony, Apostle Chinyere said that the Nursery/Primary School and its branches across the country are absolutely free of charge, with books, uniforms and sandals provided for the pupils.
He said that in addition to the physical development of the pupils, it is also ensured that the children learn and study under conducive environment.
Also, the students are put through practical lessons in technical fields such as electronics/computer studies, music – organ, piano and drums lessons with the bills being picked by the church.
“The schools are for the less privileged. OPM has come to set the pace, all the offerings from the church is used to service the schools to the advantage of the less privileged,” Apostle said.
Meanwhile, the school was scheduled for excursions to the airport, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Rivers State Judiciary and others for the pupils to be inspired by the professionals they would come across.

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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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