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SWAN Congratulates D’Tigress On AfroBasket Success

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has said  that the success of the national women basketball team, D’Tigress, at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 in Bamako, Mali was heart-warming.
The association, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Olawale Alabi, said it was “an ample evidence of what Nigeria can achieve in the world of sports with adequate planning, proper motivation and good selection of players’’.
It urged both the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) to improve upon this to ensure the team replicate the AfroBasket performance at the World Cup in 2018’’.
Tidesports source gathered that D’Tigress had brushed aside all opposition, including subduing Senegal 65-48 in the final match, to win the title for the third time.
This victory means Nigeria will alongside Senegal represent Africa at the world championship in France in 2018.
“With this, D’Tigress have proven once again that they are among the best, and this was only proven because we all did the right things.’’
“However, we call on the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the NBBF to ensure their early preparation for the world championship.
“As the watchdog in the sports sector, our appeal is for the ladies to be appreciated for making Nigeria proud, while concerted efforts should be put in place to ensure they lack nothing when they face the rest of the world,’’ the statement said.
SWAN, in the same statement, also congratulated Nigeria’s women volleyball team for qualifying for the Africa Championship scheduled for October at Yaoundé in Cameroon.
The team overcame Ghana and hosts Cote D’Ivoire in a round robin contest in Abidjan.
The Association similarly saluted the efforts of Team Nigeria at the just-concluded 2017 Senior World Wrestling Championships where Odunayo Adekuoroye won an unprecedented silver medal.
SWAN then said the victory of D’Tigress in Mali should serve as motivation for the Super Eagles.

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RSG Restates Commitment To Youth Dev Via Sports

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The Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on School Sports, Chief Aribitonye Okiri, has said that the state government-led by Chief Nyesom Wike, is committed to develop youths in the State through sports. 
 He stated that it is not in doubt that the State has hidden talents at the grassroots that are yet to be discovered. 
Chief Okiri, said this at the finals of the National School Sports Competition held at Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.
According to him, Governor Wike is poised to reach out to young ones in all the local government areas, in the state and engage them with sporting activities in a bid to discover hidden talents. 
“As I speak, the governor has reiterated his desire to reach out to the children in all parts of the state and unearth their talents through engagement in sports, believing that all Rivers children are talented” Chief Okiri said. 
Also speaking, the second Vice President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Pastor Emmanuel Ebong, thanked Governor Wike, for proving a worthy partner of NSSF and appeal to other corporate organisations to emulate Nigeria Breweries Ltd in partnering NSSF in sports development. 
At the end of the final competition, Community Secondary School, Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area, dominated the medal table.

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24 States Set For Lagos Athletics Championship

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has confirmed the entry of 24 states and some clubs for its lucrative Athletics Meet fixed for Thursday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship made the disclosure at the weekend even as he hinted a few other states may still join the already confirmed 24 states and clubs.
He said: “Yes, we are very much on track for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship which will be coming up this Thursday.
“Right now, we already have 24 states and some top racing clubs that have confirmed their participation, a few more may join before we close the window.”
The Lagos Open Athletics Championship is a one-day meet simultaneously serving as another qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
In the past days, Lagos has been a beehive of activities with the National trials at the Yaba College of Technology Sporting complex and now the train is moving to the heart of the city in Surulere as the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics continues to gather momentum.
 The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship includes the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters, and 100 meters.
There would also be top-quality action across the relay events including;  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 penciled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
Already, the top three finishers across all the events have been assured mouthwatering prizes by the organisers.

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Okagbare Sets New Record At Olympic Trials

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Blessing Okagbare will be heading to Tokyo Olympics in the best form of her life after running the second fastest time in the world this season.
The 32-year-old ran  10.63 seconds to win the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Thursday. 
The 10.63 seconds time saw her tie with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’ best time in 2021 ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds in the semifinal of the event to set a new championship record , and before clocking 10.63 seconds in the final to set a new record.   The scorching 10.63 time is also a new African record. Only Florence Griffith Joyner who holds the world record at 10.49 seconds has run faster.        The Nigerian has now emerged one of the favourites for the 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who first ran 10.63 seconds this season.

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