The Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Education Authority has inaugurated a-17 member Sports Committee to oversee the conduct of schools sports competitions in the local government area.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony which took place at the council pavilion, Omoku, the Supervising Director of the Education Authority in ONELGA Mr. Edwin C. Nwihu, charged the appointees to ensure that they reach out to all Primary and Junior Secondary Schools under the scheme of the Universal Basic Education Board in the Local Government.
According to Mr. Nwihu, essence of the committee was to make for early preparations by planning ahead towards any state or national competitions.
He further stated that it would be the responsibility of the committee to groom the athletes, make selections and conduct heat competitions at the local government level and organise technical training for the contingent that would represent the local government in any external events.
In his post inaugural speech, the Committee Chairman, Chief Andrew C. Enemuwa, promised that the Committee would leave up to expectation and appealed to every school head in the zone to support the committee to enable them achieve the set objectives.
Officers of the committee include Messiah James – Vice Chairman, Mr. Adiela Okwudili – Secretary, Archi Chukwuemeka – Publicity Secretary, Jerry Uchechukwu – Assistant Secretary, Ichoku Ada – Treasurer, Achokoro Benin – Director of Sports, while MessrsEze O. Eke, Egbueru Sunday, Nathan C. Eluozo, Aguzie Dankwa, Sampson Monday, Nzeigwe Rammy are members.
Also on the Committee’s membership are: Okoro Messiah, Young Mercy, Ogbowu Josephine and Dibia Joyce. Speaking with the Tide Correspondent shortly after the inauguration, the Chairman hinted that the Committee would focus on track events, field events and some other social competitions such as; Beauty Contest and Cultural Dance. Present at the inauguration ceremony were: Sports/Games Teachers of the respective Schools, Primary School Head Teachers and Principals of Junior Secondary Schools of the Local Government Area.
Ikechukwu Ojobah, Omoku
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach
National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.
Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach
Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.
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