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Barcelona Joins Race To Sign Traore

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Adama Traore could be on his way back to Barcelona. According to Tidesports source Barcelona is among three clubs vying for the winger’s signature.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker has attracted wide-spread interest in recent months for a run of eye-catching displays which included three goals in two wins over Manchester City.
Such has been his form that both the Citizens and Liverpool have reportedly added him to their respective transfer wish lists.
The 23-year-old is finally starting to live up to expectations following his £18m move from Middlesborough in August 2018, with Wolves said to be demanding upwards of £70 million for his signature.
Born in Spain, Traore came through the ranks at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. He joined Aston Villa from Barcelona B in 2015, before moving on to Boro and eventually Wolves.
He has scored five and assisted seven goals across all competitions this season, while also earning a call-up to the Spanish national squad before injury denied him of making his debut. Traore can also represent Mali at international level and is yet to fully commit his allegiance to either of the two nations.

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Dare Lauds IOC For Shifting Tokyo 2020

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Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has commended the International Olympic Committee for postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The IOC must be commended for postponing the Olympics in the best interest of the whole world,” explained Dare.” This is in response to the general calls across the globe to have it moved to a time when the virus would have abated.
“As much as we were all looking up to the event, the safety and well-being of the athletes , officials and fans alike is of paramount importance. We cannot afford to toy with the lives of millions of people around the world. At a time like this, this is the best way to go.”
Following calls for the postponement of the games by the super powers including countries like USA, Canada, Australia amongst others due to  the spread of the COVID-19, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach said at a joint press conference, Tuesday  that the decision to move the games to a later date  was in the best interest of the whole world  until the situation returns to normal. They resolved that the event would remain in Japan and retain the name ,Tokyo 2020.
Dare  further affirmed that the IOC cannot stand alone, adding  it had taken the decision in the overall best interest of all Olympic families: “This decision is an attestation of the fact that the IOC is sensitive and puts  premium on the safety of people. This would douse any fear or tension about going against the general consensus which clamoured for a shift in date. We believe that once the pandemic is over, the world can come together in unity to celebrate sports biggest fiesta.”
In a related development, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Engr Musa Kida, commended the IOC for taking such a bold but difficult decision to postpone an iconic event for the good and safety of the world.
According to him, this is one of the major decisions taken across the globe necessary for tackling the pandemic that has continued to threaten human existence.
“Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is the right step taken at such a critical time because as the saying goes, nothing is worth human life. We know this decision will come at an additional cost to sponsors, vendors, the government of Japan, participating countries and their athletes, but it is a necessary step.”
Kida said if we have to protect the human existence as it is currently known, there is need for governments around the world to come around, unite and fight the pandemic which till now has no known cure.
The senior basketball men and women’s teams have qualified for the 2020 Olympics earlier scheduled for the iconic city of Tokyo between Friday, July 24 and Saturday, August 9, 2020.

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Guild Tasks Nigerian Athletes On Fitness, Personal Training

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Following the postponement of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival and the summer Olympic Games in Japan, the Guild of Sports Editors has charged Nigerian athletes to ensure they remain fit by continuing with their personal training programmes.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus across the world recently forced the suspension of both the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival and the Tokyo Olympics billed to hold in Japan in July.
Speaking on the current situation in world sports yesterday, the Guild’s President, Mr. Tony Ubani said although the postponements were unfortunate, it was better that the competitions and others were shifted than endangering the lives of athletes by going ahead with them.
“I want to advise our athletes to continue training as if the competitions would be held tomorrow so that they would not be caught unawares when the situation normalises,” Ubani added.
“I appreciate that these postponements have destabilised so many things and the best well laid plans, but it is in the interest of humanity. We should make the best of it by remaining healthy and looking forward to better days.
“The current scourge will soon pass away, but we must be prepared for whatever happens afterwards.
“I expect the country’s relevant sports bodies to provide training programmes for their athletes for their individual use pending when the situation normalises.”Ubani also commiserated with the families of the three players, who recently lost their lives in a fatal accident near Benin and prayed that God would give them the fortitude to bear their loss.
“I also plead with the kidnappers, who abducted Enyimba’s Ekundayo OJo and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade to release these players on humanitarian ground,” he said.
“These are footballers who toil everyday to entertain Nigerians and also fend for their families. I believe the kidnappers love sports and would not deliberately hurt sportsmen.
“Therefore, I see their action as a mistake they should rectify by releasing these boys in the name of God. Please set them free.

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Coach Canvases For Grassroots Football Dev

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The Head Coach of Urime Football Club of Port Harcourt, Lucky Batubo has said that grassroots football in Rivers State was not given proper attention.
He stated that best way to promote and develop grassroots football is to organise different age grade competition.
Batubo made the assertion, in an exclusive interview with Tidesports, yesterday  after a training session at number one field,  Old Port Harcourt township.
“In term of grassroots football development in Nigeria, Rivers State is not part, but Lagos, Edo, Delta and other few states are actually doing well.
We are trying in Rivers State but we are not there yet” Batubo stated.
According to him, in 1980s there were a lots of tournaments of different age grades.
“In my days in school we used to play shell cup and you see every student  very busy to partake in the competition. But  today you hardly see Competition of that kind” he said.
He equally said that more attention should be given to grassroots football, by organising different  age grade Competitions among the youth.
” If that happened they will not have time to involve themselves into negative activities” he stated.
Coach Batubo noted that, the only excited competition in the state is the FA Cup and the League Competition, saying that, how would the U 12-13 grow in the leather game when they lack tournament.
“Grassroots football is dying everyday because after training no competition for them to showcase their talent” he narrated.

 

By: Kiadum Edookor

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