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Igali Hails Tokyo 2020 Postponement

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President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Hon. Daniel Igali, has lauded the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games till 2021, describing it as ‘the best thing to do’.
On Tuesday, the IOC and hosts Japan bowed to growing pressure from various Olympic Committees and stakeholders to announce the postponement of the quadrennial multi-sport event to a date ‘not later than summer 2021’ due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed over 18,000 lives globally.
In an interview with Today FM in Port Harcourt monitored by Tidesports, the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold-medalist said the athletes and coaches will now re-strategise ahead of 2021.
“With the scourge of the Covid-19 all over the world, and with no end in sight as it stands, I think the best thing to do was to have postponed it to next year.
“The good thing is that it is not cancelled. The good thing is that we are still having the Olympics, it is only that in another three years after next year, we might have another Olympics.
“But putting all the athletes’ minds at rest, all the coaches and officials minds at rest, I think it was the best thing to do,” Igali said.
It is the first time the Olympic Games are suffering postponement in its 124-year modern history. Although, the Games were outrightly cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the first and second World Wars.

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Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions

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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.

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Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses  – Aikhomogbe

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Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.

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Enyimba Players Vow To Support  Finidi

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Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble  gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.

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