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Para-Soccer League: Katsina Whitewash Kebbi 6-0

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Katsina state’s para-soccer team on Saturday in Abuja thrashed their Kebbi counterparts 6-0 in the third match of the ongoing 2017 National Para-Soccer League.
The Tidesports reports that the second edition of the National Para-Soccer League which started on Thursday is expected to end on April 18.
In the match played at the Old Parade Ground, Yau Rufai of Katsina State scored the first goal in the fifth minute.
Sani Gimbia doubled the tally seven minutes later, and he went on to also score the third goal of the game in the 16th minute.0
Rufai scored their fourth goal in the 18th minute.
Kebbi players struggled to keep up with the pace, but they could not convert their chances of scoring as the first half wore to an end.
On resumption of the second half, Kebbi players continued from where they stopped in the first half as they pinned their opponents to their half.
Umar Idris went on to score the fifth goal for Katsina State in the 39th minute, while Idris also registered his second goal in the 49th minute to take the match beyond their opponents.
The Kebbi team fought harder thereafter, but they could not convert their chances as the encounter wore on to end 6-0 .
After the match, coach Umar Lawal of Katsina State said it was delightful for him and his team to win the second match.
“I am happy that we won. It was a tough game and I thank God we won our second match.
“We will work hard to win our next match with Katsina. We are here to lift up the trophy,” he said.
The coach of Kebbi , Umar Shekare, on his part, said he was disappointed with his team’s loss.
‘’This is the second game we are losing, I’m not impressed with my team’s performance. We will work hard to win our next match.
“In every match of football, there is always a winner and a loser. So, the god of soccer was not on our side,” he said.
In the first match of the day at the competition, Plateau beat Team Zamfara 3-2, while in the second match Team Kaduna drew goalless with Team Nassarawa 0-0.
In the day’s last match, Team Kano defeated Team Yobe 2-1.
Tidesports reports that nine teams are taking part in the second edition of the National Para-Soccer League.
The participating teams are those of Kano, Osun, Nasarawa,  Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna, Plateau  and Yobe.

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Reps Summon Dare Over Doping Crisis At Tokyo

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The House of Representatives has begun investigation of the disqualification of Nigerian athletes at the 2020 Olympics over alleged doping, asking the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, to come and explain the preparedness of the Nigerian contingent for the sports festival.
Tidesports source gathered that the resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion at the plenary on Wednesday titled, ‘Need to Investigate Activities of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development on Failed Doping Test by Nigeria Athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.’
Consequently, the House resolved to “invite the Minister of Sports and Youth Development (sic) to brief the Committee on Sports on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations set by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the independent anti-doping arm, Athletics Integrity Unit.”
The House also urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to put necessary measures in place to ensure compliance with extant regulations at both local and international competitions, while mandating the Committee on Sports to “investigate the immediate and remote cause of the failed doping test to forestall future occurrence.”
Moving the motion, Mr Babatunde Ayeni said the Nigerian delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating in the comity of nations.
Ayeni recalled the outstanding performance of the Nigerian Football Team which bagged the historic first soccer gold medal at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States of America.
The lawmaker lamented the incident of July 20, 2021, where the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations barred 10 Nigerian athletes, including the highly-rated Blessing Okagbare, from the Tokyo Olympics for failing to meet requirements for out-of-competition drug testing.
He recalled that the Athletics Integrity Unit alleged that Okagbare, who won the opening heat of the Women’s 100 meters, had tested positive for human growth hormone.
 “The House is also aware that the allegation further affirmed that the affected athletes failed to comply with the rules requiring those from countries deemed to be at high risk of doping to undergo three no-notice out-of-competition tests in a 10 months’ period leading up to a major event.
“The House is concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” Ayeni added.

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NYG: Rivers B’Ball Team Intensifies Preparations

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Coach of the Rivers State Male Basket-ball Team, Dagogo Okumgba, has said that preparation, are in top gear for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG)scheduled to hold in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Coach Okumgba disclosed this yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the team is doing everything necessary to get a better outing in Ilorin when the chips are down, saying that the players are in high spirits and are poised to compete favourably when the competition gets underway.
The coach said his players are committed to their preparations for the task ahead and determined to do the state proud at the games come November this year.
“We are doing our part to prepare as a team and wait for a go ahead from the Sports Ministry for camping so as to further prepare and fortify on the earlier made preparation,” Okumgba added.
The team qualified from their zone at the recently concluded zonal elimi-nation for team sports ahead of “National Youth Games” coming up next month.
It would be recalled that the zonal elimination for team events which comprised Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo states took place in Asaba, Delta State, fortnight ago.
The date for the competition was earlier fixed for September 7 to 17 this year.

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10 Athletes To Represent Nigeria At Winter Olympics

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Following the successful completion of its inaugural Olympics Trials in Lagos last Saturday,  the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria has stated that 10 athletes would represent Nigeria at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games.
Technical Director, BSFN, Dr. Seun Adigun disclosed this in Lagos.
“Ten athletes will be named for the Winter Olympics.
“We will have two athletes for Bobsled, two in the Monobob women’s team, two athletes for the Bobsled men’s team, two male Skeleton and two female Skeleton athletes for the national team,” Adigun, who played a key role in Nigeria’s debut at the last Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, Sourh Korea, said.
President, BSFN, Solomon Ogba stated that the team would train on ice in Europe, ahead of the Winter Games.
“This is the first stage of the preparation for the Olympics before the athletes train on ice,” Ogba said.
History was made earlier in the year when six athletes, who were selected from the first-ever trials in Lagos, trained and participated on ice for the first time in Pyeongchang.
Tidesports source reports that after a few days of training on ice, Perpetua Nwanna and Alawode Sekinat won bronze medal in their debut competition, after finishing third in the women’s double Bobsleigh IBSFSliding Korea Cup.

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