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Commonwealth Games: Federation To Ban Athletes, Coaches For Doping

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The Nigeria Para-Power lifting
Federation (NPPF) has threatened to impose a life ban on athletes and coaches that indulged in doping before or during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Games would hold between July 23 and August 3.
The Technical Director of NPPF, Samuel Ekeoma, made the threat in a telephone interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Ekeoma said the decision became necessary to ensure the country maintained its clean record of countries that were free from performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.
“We have ensured and sensitised our athletes for them to be free from drugs knowing that the country had drug scandals in the past.
“In respect of that, we have sounded a warning that any coach or technical official found indulging or encouraging doping will be banned for life from our programmes,’’ Ekeoma said.
He also said the federation had intensified preparations for the Games as 14 athletes were currently in Ibadan for the final phase of camping.
According to him, we are doing fine in Ibadan in terms of training and improvement; though other federations are in Abuja but we are not regretting it.
“Our case is a peculiar one, because of the accessibility of public buildings; so, we have a comfortable accommodation in Ibadan that is disability accessible; it is familiar to the athletes and officials.
“However, we have 14 athletes in camp presently but two of them are training partners and will not be going to Scotland with the team,’’ Ekeoma added.
On the federation’s training tour, the technical director noted that the National Sports Commission (NSC) had approved Korea for the tour but was still waiting for the departure programme.
According to Ekeoma, the federation has enough time to embark on training tour since Para-Power lifting events would not start immediately at the Games.
“You know our competition is not starting immediately; we will start after the weightlifters must have ended their events.
“So, we still have a little time to go for the training tour if at all it will hold.
“We are hoping to depart the country for Korea any moment from now no matter how short the tour will be.’’
He commended the NSC and its Anti-Doping Department for their efforts aimed at educating athletes and coaches on the dangers associated with doping.
Ekeoma said that anti-doping seminar recently organised in Abuja for the seven Commonwealth Games sports had afforded the federation the opportunity to re-examine its internal punishment for doping violators.

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WAFU Zone B Qualifier: Rivers Govt Throws Weight Behind Angels FC

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Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike, has placed a marching order to accord the necessary support needed to aid the Jewels of Rivers, Rivers Angels FC  qualify from  the  West African Union(WAFU) B and ultimately win the CAF Women’s Champions League Cup.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye  disclosed this, Monday, in a press statement signed by the state government’s press officer, Daniel Nwankwoala.
The commissioner commended the team for its victory over Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in the opening match of their group qualifier, played at the weekend.
He promised to give the necessary support needed, as ordered by the State Governor, to enable the team get the desired results, playing their CAF Women’s  qualifier and win the cup as well.
“The Governor has placed an order to ensure that the team lacks nothing needed,  to help boost their morale, help them perform optimally and aid victory, as they embarked on this maiden competition,”  Iyaye said.
Earlier, head coach of the team, Edwin Okon,  has expressed optimism that his team will perform even better, having prepared adequately for the competition.
“We will fight to the end, my girls will do even better job. I can assure you that, the(players) are  in high spirit and determined to win.
“I am glad that we don’t have injuries worries, so, we are set and ready to do Nigeria proud,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Port Harcourt, Nigeria representatives started  their campaign in the WAFU Zone B qualifier  with a 2-0 win against their Ghana opponents, Hasaacas Ladies on Saturday, to get closer to qualification for the semi-finals.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Sports Minister Hails Anyanacho,Offiong

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described Elizabeth Anyanacho as a future star.
Anyanacho lost 12-7 to Turkey’s Nur Tatar in the Round of 16 of the women’s 67kg taekwondo event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday morning.
Dare, who watched the bout, congratulated the 22-year-old despite the defeat.
“You’ve done well against a world champion. Keep your focus. The world will soon rise to salute you in the near future,” Dare told Anyanacho.
Tidesports source reports that he was also on hand to encourage Edem Offiong, who lost 4-1 in the second round of women’s table tennis to the USA’s Lily Zhang.
“You exhibited strength and talent. Nigeria thank you for making the country proud at the Olympics,” Dare told Offiong.
The pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori also lost their second Group B match in the men’s doubles badminton event against Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen, while Dorcas Adesokan was beaten 2-0 by Spain’s Clara Azurmendi in the opening Group B match of the women’s badminton singles.

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We Won’t Give Up On Playing For Nigeria – Ogwumike Sisters

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Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams say they haven’t given up their dream of representing Nigeria in the future after they were denied the opportunity to play for the country women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Games.
The three WNBA stars, who all have American and Nigerian citizenship, would have strengthened D’Tigress squad at the Olympics, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled they were ineligible to represent Nigeria at the moment after having played for the United States.
“I still have a lot of pride and high hopes for the Nigerian team as it is composed now,” Nneka Ogwumike said.
“So, maybe this time around, I won’t be a part of it directly, but I certainly do hope that I can be in the future.”
“I think the fight has just begun,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I cannot accept to being called a naturalised citizen, when I have full citizenship.
“People don’t know the extent to which my family, and myself in particular, ever since I was at Stanford, has been going back to Nigeria to help. So to have someone say that I am not Nigerian is not fair to my family or my heritage or myself. It just does not feel right at all.”
Williams, who plays for the Atlanta Dream said, “It’s really about the principle now. We’re still going to keep appealing and fighting because I think people need to understand there are a lot of us that have dual citizenship. Even if we grew up here, our households look very different than what people think, and that part of us is very real.

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