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We’ll Build Upon Our NSF Showing – Coach

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Oyo State Wrestling Association (OSWA) Coach Sunday Sanni yesterday assured that the association would build upon the skills exhibited by its wrestlers at the just-concluded National Sports Festival (NSF).
Sanni, who is OSWA’s Head Coach, told newsmen in Ibadan that they would intensify more efforts to improve the wrestlers’ skills for subsequent local and international competitions.
“We are coming up gradually and we all know that having a crop of talented champions takes time. We will keep working holistically to have a formidable set of champions,” he said.
The coach said the state’s wrestlers would need different training techniques and approach to bring out the best in them.
“For some, we will be working on their stamina and endurance, while for some, it will be strength and power work, and some just need mind adjustment in order to get the right frame of mind,” he said.
Sanni pointed out that wrestling at the NSF in Benin witnessed a new crop of wrestlers, which he said was a good development.
“Wrestling is rebranding itself with the emergence of new and potential champions. The games showed many old wrestlers retiring from competitive wrestling.
“The standard of wrestling keeps hitting the ceiling in Nigeria and the propensity is still very high and that’s highly commendable. Over time, I believe it will even be better than what we are celebrating today.”
Tidesports source reports that Oyo State was represented by eight wrestlers and they all won medals —- one gold, two silver and five silver.
The gold medalist was Stephen Akintewe (61kg), while the silver medalists were Christianah Ogunsanya (50kg) and Esther Asaolu (55kg).
The bronze medalists were: Tope Adebayo (65kg), Boluwaji Akinniwesi (59kg), Oluwafemi Jackson (79kg), Favour Bankole (59kg) and Ikechukwu Johnson (60kg).

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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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