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Senator Presents Kits To Teams In Plateau

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The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial Zone, Istifanus Gyang, has donated jerseys and balls to 73 teams who will participate in a football tournament that he organised in his constituency.
Sen. Gyang said at the presentation ceremony in Jos on Thursday that the items were meant for the various teams. adding that the gesture was aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence and unity in the zone and the state.
He also said that the initiative would enable young people to showcase their God-given talents in the game of football.
He said the competition would also provide entertainment for football lovers in the state and beyond.
“This tournament is an initiative and mechanism for peace in Plateau North.
“This tournament will also enable us to attain the objective of availing the youth with the opportunity to showcase their talents in football artistry and provide entertainment for football enthusiasts.
“Through this tournament, talents shall be discovered from grassroots that will be developed and groomed to become professional players in the near future,” he said
The lawmaker said the tournament was organised devoid of political, religious or ethnic affiliations, explaining that he is for all.
In his brief remarks, Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa, commended the senator for the initiative and promised to support the competition to achieve its aim.
Musa promised a cash donation of N3 million, M2 million and N1 million to the teams that would emerge first, second and third in the tournament.
Tidesports source gathered that the teams were drawn from the 73 electoral wards that make up the Plateau North Senatorial zone.
The zone comprises Jos South, Jos North, Bassa, BarkinLadi, Riyom and Jos East local government areas of the state.

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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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