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Organisers Raise Prize Money For Obudu Mountain Race

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The prize money for the 5th Obudu international mountain race has been slightly adjusted to accommodate the first African mountain running championships which will hold alongside the Obudu international mountain race next month at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu, Cross River State.Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) said for the two-in-one race price money has gone up from $227,000 to $245,500.

However, the prize money for the first three positions for both male and female events remain the same at $50,000, $20,000 and $9,000 respectively to still make the Obudu international mountain race the highest paying mountain race in the world.

The prize money from the 4th to the 10th placed finishers have, however, been adjusted to $4,500, $4,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

Archibong also revealed the prize money for the African mountain running championships as follows: The first and second prize winners in the strict team event will get $10,000 and $7,500, respectively.

“The African nations mountain race will be competed for by only male runners this year representing their different countries and will be run side by side the annual Obudu international mountain race,” reveals Archibong, who has been the head of the LOC since 2005, when the inaugural edition of the race was run.

The LOC boss also revealed that the prize monies for the best Nigerian finishers (male and female) as well as those for the media race still remain the same with the first three finishers winning $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively.

The Obudu international mountain race uncovers a distance of 11 kilometres uphill to an altitude of 1,575 metres above sea level taking you to one of the first tourist destinations in the world, the Obudu Mountain Resort. The race has already received the support of the new man at the helm of affairs of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Italian, Bruno Gozzelino who has hinted that the race may get a WMRA Grand Prix status as early as 2011 if the Obudu LOC makes a request.

The Confederation of African Athletics (AA) is also backing the race and its Secretary General, Lamy Fatty wrote the AFN recently to express their support for the innovative efforts of Governor Liyel Imoke especially regarding the African Mountain Running Championships. The race has also attracted the new commonwealth mountain running champion, Wilson Chemwepo of Kenya.

WMRA Women’s grand Prix Winner and the race defending woman champion, Andrea Mayr of Austria as well as Czech Republic’s Anna Pichatova who won the women’s individual event at penultimate weekends World Mountain Running Long Distance Challenge in Soll, Austria.

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Ilechukwu Set To Make History With Plateau United

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Plateau United coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, says his side is all set for the start of 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League season and he hopes to make history with the club.
The season’s resumption date which has been fixed for December 17, is set to be ratified by the league management company on December 7 at its general assembly in Abuja.
According to the fixtures released and made available to Tidesports source, Plateau United is billed to face newcomers Niger Tornadoes away from home.
Tidesports source reports that Ilechukwu, who joined the team during the transfer window from Heartland FC would be hoping to start the season in an impressive fashion.
“We are prepared, the players are doing fine and we can’t wait for the season,” Ilechukwu said.
“The players are well motivated and all they want to do is go out there and give their all.”
Other matchday one fixtures to be played across the federation will see champions, Akwa United, tackle Kano Pillars, Enyimba slugs it out with Abia Warriors in a derby, Lobi Stars will entertain Rivers United while there will be a battle of newcomers between Gombe United and Shooting Stars.
Enugu Rangers will travel to face Katsina United in their season’s opener. Sunshine Stars play Wikki Tourists, Kwara United vs Dakkada, Heartland vs Nasarawa United, while there’ll be an early Southwest derby between MFM FC and Remo Stars in Lagos.

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ph City Marathon: Athletes, Collect Participation Number Morrow

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The Chief Organiser of Port Harcourt City Marathon, Goodluck Azunwena, has expressed satisfaction over the reactions of people and number of athletes that registered for the competition.
He revealed that collection of athlete’s participation number  would take place tomorrow, at Las Mall, Rumukalagbor, in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
Azunwena said this in a telephone interview with Tidesports, yesterday, saying that the basic aim is to engage the youth meaningfully and change the negative perception of the State.
According to him, “Port Harcourt to the World,” the organization that is organising competition had organised other events that have positive impact on the people, particularly in 2018, they organized what was called Music Ran Port Harcourt.
“This organization was established in 2016 with the sole aim to promote the city positively and encourage people to change the negative perception of the city in and outside the state.
So far I am impressed with people’s reactions towards the competition and  number of athletes that registered for the event,” Azunwena said.
Meanwhile, the 16 kilo meter race is scheduled to take place next Saturday in Port Harcourt, the winner of the competition will go home with N1 million, as second and third positionswill cart away N500,000 and N250, 000, respectively.
While fourth to ten position will have consolation prize of N50,000 each.

By: Tonye Orabere

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Nnadozie’s Rating As World’s Seventh Best  Thrills  Izilien

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Former Coach of Super Falcons, Godwin Izilien, has described Chiamaka Nnadozie’s ranking as the world’s seventh best woman goalkeeper as a clear indication that Nigeria has abundant talented female footballers at the grassroots waiting to be discovered.
Izilien, who commended the Paris of France FC goaltender for putting Nigeria on the world map in women football, urged stakeholders in the ladies’ game to pay more attention to talent discovery, stressing that discovering and nurturing women players when they are still young will raise the country’s standard in the game.
“I am delighted on the news that Nnadozie has been rated the seventh best goalkeeper in the world. This is a remarkable achievement for the young lady, who started her football career in Nigeria.
“She played for the cadet teams and Nigerian clubs before moving abroad. I have said it before that Nigeria has talents in women football… all they need is to be discovered and exposed.
“Nnadozie’s achievement is a clear testimony that a player can be discovered in Nigeria and be among the best in the world when given the right exposure. Football stakeholders should leverage her achievements to look more to grassroots football development.
“Getting young talents from the grassroots remains the direction to develop women’s football in Nigeria,” he said.
Tidesports source reports that Nnadozie was selected among the best in the goalkeeping position by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The rankings of the women goalkeepers were for an aggregate of 2021 taking into consideration performances for their club and country.
The ex Rivers Angels goalkeeper, who made her debut for Nigeria at the Jordan U-17 Women’s World Cup also in 2019, became the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.
Nnadozie also helped Nigeria to win gold medal at the African Games in Morocco, saving three penalties in the shootout against Cameroun.

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