The Shell Spikers’ Men Team has won the third edition of the coveted Shell MD CCH Invitational Volleyball Tournament organized by the Shell Club Port Harcourt in collaboration with the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC).
They beat the City Spikers’ Men Team from Bayelsa State, after a three sets to one (3-1) thriller.
The tournament, which was the seventh in the series organized by the club, also had the City Spikers Women Team of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, clinch the winner of the women’s prize, in a keenly contested championship, held at the volleyball court of the Shell Club Port Harcourt, last Saturday.
They trounced the Shell Spikers’ Women Team to emerge champions, amid a huge crowd of spectators, including top management of SPDC and the Executive officers of Shell Club Port Harcourt.
The tournament attracted more than 200 players, mostly from the national teams, drawn from no fewer than eight states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
While the Shell Spikers’ Men Team carted home N1million prize money, a trophy and gold medals; the City Spikers’ Women Team was also rewarded with N1million prize money, a trophy and gold medals.
Similarly, the City Spikers’ Men Team emerged the first runner-up, and took home N.5million prize money, while the Shell Spikers’ Women Team also went home with the first runner-up reward of N.5million.
Also rewarded for their sterling performances were the Trail Blazers Men’s Team as well as their Women’s Team, who emerged third runners-up, and went home with N.3million apiece.
Speaking shortly before the presentation of prizes to the winners, SPDC Managing Director, Osagie Okunbor, praised the high level of sportsmanship and friendship witnessed during the tournament, and challenged the players and officials to maintain that spirit as a springboard for engendering and promoting peace and mutual harmony in the Niger Delta in particular, and the entire country in general.
Okunbor, who is also the country chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN), also charged the players to see the sport as a launching pad for national fame and as an avenue for contributing to national peace and cohesion, growth and development.
The managing director congratulated both the City Spikers’ Women Team and the Shell Spikers’ Men Team for their resilience, doggedness and never-give-up spirit, which enabled them emerge victorious in the contests, but also urged all the players to realize that the tournament was merely a game aimed at uniting rather than disintegrating the society, and as such should eschew bitterness and acrimony at all times, and always show high sense of discipline during any game.
Also speaking, Shell’s General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli, said that the tournament, which has been on for many years, was a breeding ground for nurturing players for the national teams, adding that Shell provided the enabling environment for talented young Nigerians to explore their potential because of its belief in the future of the country.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
Reps Summon Dare Over Doping Crisis At Tokyo
The House of Representatives has begun investigation of the disqualification of Nigerian athletes at the 2020 Olympics over alleged doping, asking the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, to come and explain the preparedness of the Nigerian contingent for the sports festival.
Tidesports source gathered that the resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion at the plenary on Wednesday titled, ‘Need to Investigate Activities of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development on Failed Doping Test by Nigeria Athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.’
Consequently, the House resolved to “invite the Minister of Sports and Youth Development (sic) to brief the Committee on Sports on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations set by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the independent anti-doping arm, Athletics Integrity Unit.”
The House also urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to put necessary measures in place to ensure compliance with extant regulations at both local and international competitions, while mandating the Committee on Sports to “investigate the immediate and remote cause of the failed doping test to forestall future occurrence.”
Moving the motion, Mr Babatunde Ayeni said the Nigerian delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating in the comity of nations.
Ayeni recalled the outstanding performance of the Nigerian Football Team which bagged the historic first soccer gold medal at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States of America.
The lawmaker lamented the incident of July 20, 2021, where the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations barred 10 Nigerian athletes, including the highly-rated Blessing Okagbare, from the Tokyo Olympics for failing to meet requirements for out-of-competition drug testing.
He recalled that the Athletics Integrity Unit alleged that Okagbare, who won the opening heat of the Women’s 100 meters, had tested positive for human growth hormone.
“The House is also aware that the allegation further affirmed that the affected athletes failed to comply with the rules requiring those from countries deemed to be at high risk of doping to undergo three no-notice out-of-competition tests in a 10 months’ period leading up to a major event.
“The House is concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” Ayeni added.
NYG: Rivers B’Ball Team Intensifies Preparations
Coach of the Rivers State Male Basket-ball Team, Dagogo Okumgba, has said that preparation, are in top gear for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG)scheduled to hold in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Coach Okumgba disclosed this yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the team is doing everything necessary to get a better outing in Ilorin when the chips are down, saying that the players are in high spirits and are poised to compete favourably when the competition gets underway.
The coach said his players are committed to their preparations for the task ahead and determined to do the state proud at the games come November this year.
“We are doing our part to prepare as a team and wait for a go ahead from the Sports Ministry for camping so as to further prepare and fortify on the earlier made preparation,” Okumgba added.
The team qualified from their zone at the recently concluded zonal elimi-nation for team sports ahead of “National Youth Games” coming up next month.
It would be recalled that the zonal elimination for team events which comprised Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo states took place in Asaba, Delta State, fortnight ago.
The date for the competition was earlier fixed for September 7 to 17 this year.
10 Athletes To Represent Nigeria At Winter Olympics
Following the successful completion of its inaugural Olympics Trials in Lagos last Saturday, the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria has stated that 10 athletes would represent Nigeria at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games.
Technical Director, BSFN, Dr. Seun Adigun disclosed this in Lagos.
“Ten athletes will be named for the Winter Olympics.
“We will have two athletes for Bobsled, two in the Monobob women’s team, two athletes for the Bobsled men’s team, two male Skeleton and two female Skeleton athletes for the national team,” Adigun, who played a key role in Nigeria’s debut at the last Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, Sourh Korea, said.
President, BSFN, Solomon Ogba stated that the team would train on ice in Europe, ahead of the Winter Games.
“This is the first stage of the preparation for the Olympics before the athletes train on ice,” Ogba said.
History was made earlier in the year when six athletes, who were selected from the first-ever trials in Lagos, trained and participated on ice for the first time in Pyeongchang.
Tidesports source reports that after a few days of training on ice, Perpetua Nwanna and Alawode Sekinat won bronze medal in their debut competition, after finishing third in the women’s double Bobsleigh IBSFSliding Korea Cup.
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