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President-Elect Promises Better Days For Taekwondo

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The newly-elected President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Margaret Binga, has promised that her leadership would focus on the discovery of talents and better welfare for athletes.
Binga told newsmen in Abuja that her board would make deliberate efforts geared towards winning medals at all competitions.
She said this was because there were lots of talents at the grassroots level for the sport but they have not had the opportunity to showcase their talent.
“We will make sure that we organise competitions across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT so that the country can have the best athletes for international events.
“Over 90 per cent of members in the new board are athletes or former athletes. We know where the shoe pinches and we will ensure better days for the athletes so that the country can get more relevance in the game.
“We will also make sure we organise at least an NTF competition in each state of the country during our four-year tenure.
“This will give us the chance to get the best athletes and increase our medals in international events,” Binga said.
The federation president also said she would ensure the development of a data base for taekwondo athletes in the country.
“Our board will also develop a data base for taekwondo athletes in the country, so that we can follow their progression in the game and identify where there are gaps among the groups.
“That will help in planning for various local and international competitions, which is one of the major objectives of the federation.”
She also said there would be mixed-gender competitions, aimed at ensuring that the country raises athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Binga was emphatic in stating that she harbours no fears of not being able to operate effectively in the male-dominated NTF board.
“I have no fears. My sights are focused on the set-out goals. All other things are distractions and irrelevant.
“Since the board members key into the vision I have, and the media are supporting our efforts, we can achieve a lot,” she said.
Tidesports source gathered that Binga was elected as president of the federation at the 2017 National Sports Federations Election on Tuesday in Abuja.
Binga, a serving officer in the Nigeria Customs Service, is the first female President of the federation.
Speaking also at a media interactive session, 2008 Olympics taekwondo bronze medallist Chika Chukwumerije said there was need for taekwondo to start developing itself beyond government funding.
“With adequate publicity, taekwondo can generate some fund for itself and people will come and pay some token to watch, learn and enjoy the game,” he said.
Chukwumerije, who is the newly-elected athletes’ representative on the NTF board, said many people get attracted whenever they come around.
“After watching the game, they always get fascinated and will be willing to pay something to see the game develop in Nigeria,’’ he said.

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Remo-Ultra Marathon: Naira Marley, Others To Thrill Fans

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The Marlian fans are set to enjoy his performance as the organisers of the Remo Ultra-Marathon has said that the musician, Afeez Fashola, a.k.a. “Naira Marley” with others will rock the 50km race in Sagamu, Ogun State.
The Project Director, Seyi Johnson, in an interview with newsmen said that Naira Marley would perform alongside winner of “City People Music Award,” Slimcase for Best Collabo of the Year.
Tidesports reports that the organisers of Nigeria’s biggest marathon race, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Nilayo Sports Management Ltd., will hold the Value Jet IAU African Championships 2019 in Sagamu on December 7.
The 50km race is expected to have about 4,000 athletes from 35 countries across the world participating which is reputably the largest road races.
Johnson, however, said that Naira Marley, Slimcase, CD Q and others would light up the stage as part of the entertainment aspect of the 50km race at the Sagamu International Stadium.
The marathon will be spiced up with lots of entertainment to light-up the race because we don’t want it to be boring.
“Artistes such as Naira Marley, Slimcase, CD Q and others will be performing and it will be an entertainment which everybody will enjoy because we are expecting a full house.
“The race will be plug and play which will start from the stadium and the marathoners will round the route five times.
“We are looking forward to see that athlete that will conquer the 50km race because the route is different from what we have been doing before,” he said.
Tidesports also reports that the 50km ultra-race for both foreign and local categories will have the winners go home with 2,000 dollars, second place runner will be 1,500 dollars richer, while the third place winners will pocket 1,000 dollars.
For Nigeria local 5km run, the winner will receive N500,000, first runner-up will have N300,00, while the second runner-up will take  home N150,000.

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Elechi Amadi Polytechnic To Harness Sports Talents 

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Captain Elechi Amadi polytechnic, Port Harcourt is set to promote a healthy environment for students to explore and express their talents in sports.
This was made known by the Director of Sports in the school, Mr Gospel Johnson in an interview recently.
According to him,the school has a clear cut policy and vision as far as sports is concerned. The Polytechnic, he said, was determined to encourage sporting activities within the school community and motivate students to combine academics and sports to a great advantage.
Johnson described sports as very important in the development of a sound mind through physical and mental activities.
He said that sports deserved as much attention as academics in the school so as to promote fitness and healthy living.
“Sports will also afford those who are  talented in one sport or the other, the opportunity to tap into their area of interest professionally and still fall back to his or her academic qualification after active sporting career”, he said.
The polytechnic, according to the director, already has a well organised football, volleyball and basketball teams and indoor games such as scrabbles, chess and draught
Though it currently lacks a standard field for track events, facilities for the events are being improvised at the moment pending when the permanent facilities will be put in place.
The school is looking forward to participating in the forthcoming sports competition for polytechnics in Nigeria, NIPOGA, after attaining eligibility.

 

By: Josephine Nsirim

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RSG Lauds Eunisell Over Rivers United Sponsorship

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The Rivers State Government has applauded West Africa’s leading independent chemicals, oil and gas, as well as engineering solutions company, Eunisell, for its consistency in sponsoring Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United.
Permanent Secretary, in the State Ministry of Sports, James Enebeli, hailed the brand during the second Eunisell Rivers United Day celebration, in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt.
“It is not easy to invest consistently in a club, since 2015, from Sharks, now Rivers United, that has not actually won laurels to commensurate with the money on them.
It demonstrates your commitment to promoting the club,” Enebeli, who was represented by Director of Sports Development, Prudence I. Harry, said.
Speaking earlier, Eunisell Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga, who was represented at the event by Chief Marketing Officer, Dipo Ogunbiyi, revealed that the “rationale for the sponsorship of the club remains unchanged. Eunisell, like any Nigerian, is passionate about Nigerian football, our own clubs playing in the professional league and, of course, the players.”
In addition, he said: “Football in Nigeria provides more than entertainment value for a large percentage of the population. For many players and aspiring youngsters in school, it is a way, if not the only way of making a living.
Rivers United General Manager, Okey Kpalukwu, equally hailed Eunisell and assured that the club will represent the brand well in the 2019/2020 season.

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