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Rivers Athletes Win Four Medals At National Kickboxing Meet

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Four athletes of the Riv
ers State kickboxing Association have returned with four medals from the just concluded fith Edition of Aguma Open National kick-boxing championship held in Delta State last week.
The athletes won two gold and two (2) Silver medals in their different weight category at the competition.
The atheletes who participated in the competition include Daniel Okechi, Rufus Prince, prince Epere and Wisdom Fred Oguru.
Okechi won gold in the 75kg, Prince won gold in 57kg, Epere won Siliver in 57kg, while Oguru got one Silver in the 65kg category.
According to the kickboxers who attended the competition without sponsorship from any quarters, they were encouraged by their assistant coaches to take part in the competition.
They had to borrow kits, such as gloves, teeth guards and even money to enable them compete.
“The State team was invited for the Championship but, because of lack of funds, only four of us and two assistant coaches were able to attend out of personal determination and sacrifie”, Daniel said.
Meanwhile, the athletes pleaded with the association, the Sports Council and State government to refund the expenses they incurred at the competition.
Daniel, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues said that they (athletes) need encouragement and motivation to bring out the best in them, saying that, it is true that the new government is yet to settle down fully, all they need to succeed and do the state proud at all times is total support.
The competition, which commenced on the 16th of this month lasted for three days.

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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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