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NOA donates to Eagles’ Campaign 2010 W/Cup

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has donated 10,000 support materials to the Super Eagles, according to a statement issued in Abuja early in the week.

The donation is to support the Eagles in their bid to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

 In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidel Agu and made available to newsmen, NOA said the materials included copies of the Nigerian National Flag and Nigerian map lapel pins.

 Others are Nigerian rally flags,the National Anthem in Compact Disc format and several NOA publications.

In addition,NOA had dispatched individual letters of goodwill to all the 23 players on the Nigerian contingent to the 2010 mundial.

The statement also said that the Agency’s Director-General, Alhaji Idi Farouk, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu.

The NOA boss said the gesture was to challenge and encourage the NFF in its drive to ensure a hitch-free participation of the Super Eagles in the World Cup.

He expressed optimism and confidence in the Super Eagles’ ability to lift the FIFA 2010 World Cup trophy.

“We have confidence in the NFF and the Super Eagles,and given the historic African resilience and the Nigerian ‘can-do it’ spirit, no level of victory would come to us as a surprise.

“The name of Nigeria could decorate the World Cup, and I therefore, enjoin the NFF not to relent in its efforts to ensure that our truly beloved Super Eagles perform remarkably,” the NOA Director-General said.

Farouk also commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s support and encouragement of football and the Super Eagles in particular, describing it as an inspiration that “re-ignites the Nigerian fighting spirit” for success at various levels of the sport.

In his response, NFF President, Lulu said his administration had built on the foundation of its predecessors to lift the standard of football in Nigeria by partnering with well- meaning Nigerians.

“Here in NFF, we have the willing mind to go for the highest trophy. Since the inception of this administration,we have participated in all FIFA events and have qualified for almost all tournaments.

“We worry at all times whether we are satisfying the expectations of Nigerians because of the nature of media reports about football and the NFF. “But we are consoled by this visit, and the comments of the NOA Director-General.

“We see it as the mind of government toward us and we are very grateful,” he added.

He also prayed God to honour Nigeria with winning the World Cup as a gift to celebrate the nation’s 50th Independence Anniversary.

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Okowa Lauds Athletes Ahead Olympics Trials

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President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, has once again mandated all athletes looking to represent the country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to attend the Nigerian Trials, which hold from June 16 to 18 inside the main bowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City.
Making his stance clear in Monday’s release by the athletics body, Okowa commended the athletes for their determination to qualify for the Olympics.
He said, “The athletes have shown commitment, determination, and desire to succeed in their careers by picking Olympic qualifications. They deserve our collective appreciation.”
He added, “The athletes would be picked in accordance with their performances at the trials because it would largely determine who goes to Paris for the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli, says the state is waiting to welcome athletes for the trials.
He said, “We are the hosts of the national trials, and athletes and spectators are welcome.”
The trials are expected to throw up the best of Nigeria’s athletes based at home and abroad for the Olympic Games in Paris in July.

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Emerging Star Eyes Olympics Place For Nigeria

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Nigerian track and field star, Favour Ofili, has set her sights on the upcoming national Olympics trials after she pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100m at the New York Grand Prix, defeating a stellar field that included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica last Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked a season-best 11.18secs to take the win, America’s Morolake Akinosun was second in 11.20secs while her compatriot Aleia Hobbs ended in third place in 11.21secs.Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympics 100m and 200m gold medalist, could only manage ninth place in 11.48secs as she continues to search for her best form this season.
“Just like practice, stay calm and just go, finish your transition because that’s the issue, and whatever happens will happen. I wanted to get the standard here and I give God glory for the win,” Ofili told Tidesports source after the race.
“For the trials, stay calm and just do what I know how to do, go back and do some training before I go back home for the national trials.”
The Olympic trials are scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo State from June 16 to 18. The trials will serve as the selection of the nation’s athletes for both the Senior Africa Athletics Championships, holding between June 21 and 28 in Douala, Cameroon and the Paris 2024 Olympics, which hold from July 26 to August 11.

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Olympic Day Celebrations Hold June 29

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The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), at the weekend, said the annual Olympic Day celebrations would be held on June 29 across the country.
The Olympic Day is a global event that commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, founded by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894.
Speaking with news men, the Secretary-General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola, said this year’s celebration holds special significance as it precedes the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
It’s where Nigerian athletes will compete and inspire the world with their achievements.
“Olympic Day is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of the Olympic Games in their own communities.
“It is an ideal platform to highlight the benefits of physical activity and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect,” Popoola said.
Popoola said that NOC had received positive responses from various states and stakeholders, and preparations were well underway for the nationwide celebration.
He added that no fewer than 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory have indicated their plans to organise activities for the event.
The states are: Abia; Anambra; Bayelsa; Delta; Edo; Enugu; Ebonyi; Lagos; Kogi; Gombe; Jigawa; Kebbi; Kano; Kwara; Taraba; Imo; Ondo; Plateau; Rivers; Nasarawa and Osun
Also speaking, the Chairman of the NOC Sport For All Commission, Abdul Ibrahim, said that Olympic Day was a special day to come together, move together, and learn about the Olympic values.
“We encourage everyone to participate and experience the joy that only sport can bring,” he said.
According to him, a series of activities have been lined up in Lagos, with fitness clubs at the National Stadium Complex and the general public gearing up to take part in the global event.
“The celebration will conclude with the presentation of diplomas signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel and other dignitaries will officially flag off the event in Abuja,” he added.

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