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Enugu Sports Club Resuscitates Swimming Pool

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The Enugu Sports Club says, the club has embarked on the resuscitation of its Olympic-size swimming pool with a view to developing kid swimmers that would represent the country in competitions.
The Executive Chairman of the club, Mr Ben Etiaba, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Enugu, on Tuesday.
Etiaba told The Tidesports source that the club would start from raising budding young talents in swimming for national competitions, and then take it to the international level.
”I am refurbishing and about to resuscitate the swimming pool section.
“I believe in the next two to three weeks there would be a big party – children’s party – to mark the rejuvenation of the swimming pool section, with kids sort  playing a big role in what we’ll do.
“You go to All Nigerian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, but you never get to hear of Nigerian swimmers doing well, not even nationally.
“So, I believe that with the Olympic-size swimming  pool that we offer at the club and with what we plan to do in the next two to three weeks, we should be able to finish the project, so that we’ll have kids in Enugu who would be able to compete at least nationally to begin with.’’
Tidesports source gathered that the club was founded in 1929 by sport elites in the former Eastern Region of the country.
He said that apart from being used for the training of swimmers and competitions, the Olympic-size swimming pool would also offer club members an atmosphere conducive for relaxation.
Etiaba, who is the 26th executive chairman of the club, added that, the refurbished swimming pool would be “grandly re-opened’’ on Sun, July 23 at the club’s complex in Enugu.
“We are inviting children, as well as budding and professional swimmers to come around during the grand re-opening ceremony,’’ he added.

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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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