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Eko Hotels To Accommodate Cycling Participants, Guests

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Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, says it will host the last leg of the Cycling Lagos 2018 by providing accommodation for guests at the event’s Gala Night of the biggest sports, tourism and entertainment competition in Nigeria.
The tournament’s organisers said on Monday in Lagos that the hospitality company made the offer sequel to a partnership arrangement it reached with the organisers of the highly anticipated Cycling Lagos billed for August 25.
The Media Officer of the tournament Bamidele Adeleye, said in Lagos that by virtue of the agreement between the organisers of the event and the management of Eko Hotels, the Magnificent Hall would now host the Awards Gala Night.
“The hotel will host the event’s Award Gala Night and provide accommodation for guests at the programme.
“In addition, the Professional Race of the Cycling event will start from the magnificent surrounding of the Marquee Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.
“Following the signing of the deal, Eko Hotels and Suites will be the Official Hospitality Partners for the Cycling event,” he said in a statement.
Adeleye added that the General Manger of Eko Hotels and Suites, Danny Kioupouroglou, had said that the hotel was excited and grateful for the opportunity to support the event.
“The Chairman, Cycling Lagos, Soji Adeleye, had said the choice of the five star hotel became necessary to meet the expectations of both local and foreign dignitaries and cyclists for the event.
“The event promises to be one of the biggest sports, tourism and entertainment events in Nigeria and the entire African continent in recent times,’’ he said.
“Cycling Lagos will attract cyclists and guests from across the world and we are confident that Eko Hotels & Suites, with its international reputation will offer them the needed comforts.
“With the brand, we expect to have a memorable corporate dinner after the races.
“Leadway Assurance Company, a leading insurance firm in the country, recently signed a partnership deal with the organisers of the event to provide insurance cover for over 1,000 cyclists at the event.
“Also, MultiChoice, owners of DStv, a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service, has also confirmed a partnership agreement with the organisers to broadcast the event to its over 11.9 million subscribers across Africa.
“The Cycling Lagos 2018 is also supported by the Lagos Government and the Lagos State Cycling Association,’’ 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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