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Wheelchair B’ball Federation Holds Coaching Clinic, March

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The Nigeria Wheelchair
Basketball Federation  is set to organise a two-day coaching clinic.
Captain, National wheelchair basketball team, Mohammed Audu, told newsmen in Lagos that the clinic would hold from March 18 to March 19.
The training programme is tagged “Tope Ogunyemi Wheelchair Basketball Foundation Clinic’’.
He said the clinic will train participants on the skills and rules governing the game.
Audu also said that the two-day clinic would serve as an opportunity for stakeholders in the game to deliberate on a proposed league for the nation.
“We are organising a two-day clinic on wheelchair basketball where participants are expected to come from across  the country.
“The federation also wants to use that opportunity to deliberate on the proposed national wheelchair basketball league that can be sued to develop the sport.
“Wheelchair basketball has come to stay in Nigeria because a lot of youths are showing interest in the game.
“We intend to organise a clinic to educate them about the rules and regulation governing the game,’’ Audu said.
According to him, a functional league is important to the development of the sport in the country.
“Hence there is need for a running league in the country even if we have to start with four clubs.
“We have to take off from a point and with time the league can develop and attract sponsors. We just need to give ourselves the opportunity to play and develop.
“We will not wait for sponsors to come before we start the league though to run the league, there is need for sponsorship.
“The federation will continue to do our own thing rather than wait,’’’ he said.
Meanwhile, a wheelchair basketball player, Taiwo Durowoje,  has said that players are ready for the exhibition match scheduled for today at the Yaba College of Technology.
Some selected national team players will feature in the exhibition game which will herald the 2015 Rector’s Cup.
“We were happy when we got the invitation to feature in the opening of the Yaba College Technology Rector’s Cup coming up today.
“This is a good development because we hardly get invitation to play in any major competition.
“So, it is an honour to play a friendly match as an exhibition match to commence the football and basketball events of the Rector’s Cup,’’ Taiwo said.
He said the opportunity provided by the exhibition match will help to promote the sport.

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RSG Restates Commitment To Youth Dev Via Sports

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The Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on School Sports, Chief Aribitonye Okiri, has said that the state government-led by Chief Nyesom Wike, is committed to develop youths in the State through sports. 
 He stated that it is not in doubt that the State has hidden talents at the grassroots that are yet to be discovered. 
Chief Okiri, said this at the finals of the National School Sports Competition held at Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.
According to him, Governor Wike is poised to reach out to young ones in all the local government areas, in the state and engage them with sporting activities in a bid to discover hidden talents. 
“As I speak, the governor has reiterated his desire to reach out to the children in all parts of the state and unearth their talents through engagement in sports, believing that all Rivers children are talented” Chief Okiri said. 
Also speaking, the second Vice President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Pastor Emmanuel Ebong, thanked Governor Wike, for proving a worthy partner of NSSF and appeal to other corporate organisations to emulate Nigeria Breweries Ltd in partnering NSSF in sports development. 
At the end of the final competition, Community Secondary School, Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area, dominated the medal table.

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24 States Set For Lagos Athletics Championship

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has confirmed the entry of 24 states and some clubs for its lucrative Athletics Meet fixed for Thursday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship made the disclosure at the weekend even as he hinted a few other states may still join the already confirmed 24 states and clubs.
He said: “Yes, we are very much on track for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship which will be coming up this Thursday.
“Right now, we already have 24 states and some top racing clubs that have confirmed their participation, a few more may join before we close the window.”
The Lagos Open Athletics Championship is a one-day meet simultaneously serving as another qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
In the past days, Lagos has been a beehive of activities with the National trials at the Yaba College of Technology Sporting complex and now the train is moving to the heart of the city in Surulere as the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics continues to gather momentum.
 The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship includes the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters, and 100 meters.
There would also be top-quality action across the relay events including;  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 penciled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
Already, the top three finishers across all the events have been assured mouthwatering prizes by the organisers.

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Okagbare Sets New Record At Olympic Trials

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Blessing Okagbare will be heading to Tokyo Olympics in the best form of her life after running the second fastest time in the world this season.
The 32-year-old ran  10.63 seconds to win the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Thursday. 
The 10.63 seconds time saw her tie with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’ best time in 2021 ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds in the semifinal of the event to set a new championship record , and before clocking 10.63 seconds in the final to set a new record.   The scorching 10.63 time is also a new African record. Only Florence Griffith Joyner who holds the world record at 10.49 seconds has run faster.        The Nigerian has now emerged one of the favourites for the 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who first ran 10.63 seconds this season.

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