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Coach Appeals For Adequate Funding Of NIS

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An official of the National Institute for Sports (NIS), Jimmy Adeniyi has appealed to the federal government to increase funding of the institute to enhance its capacity.

Adeniyi, who is the Head of Coaching and Training Department of the institute, made the appeal an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.

He said that adequate funding would help to rehabilitate the Institute’s dilapidated facilities and enhance the capacity of members of staff in their areas of specialisation.

Adeniyi said that the institute, which was the nation’s citadel for sports education, should be given urgent attention.

“The new government should set up a think- tank for sport development in Nigeria; the new government should look inward into NIS; the new government should take the bull by the horn.

“National Institute for Sports should be adequately funded, we want more equipment, we want more facilities, we want state of the art equipment and our staff should be trained and retrained.

“Lecturers in NIS should be sent on courses, coaches should be sent on courses. Let them be abreast on recent happenings in their areas of specialiasation and the government should inject more funds.’’

The coach also advised the government to make sports and physical education a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools in the country.

Adeniyi said that the policy would encourage mass participation in sports which, in turn, would produce budding talents for the nation.

“There should be mass participation in sports for everybody in the country, sports or physical and health education should be made compulsory in all primary and secondary schools, should be made a compulsory subject.

“In fact, they should say whoever doesn’t pass physical and health education should not have a WAEC certificate once that is done, people will be interested, we will catch them young from the primary and the secondary school.

“It is when we do all these that we can excel in sports, it is when we do this that people will live long, it will improve the life span of people.

“It is when government does this that will build a healthy and active nation.’’

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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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