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NTF, CCSF Partner FCT On Taekwondo Development

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The FCT Secondary
Education Board has agreed to collaborate with the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation to develop taekwondo in the FCT.
A taekwondo stakeholder, Chika Chkwumerije, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen  in Abuja.
The collaboration will make taekwondo to be integrated into secondary school curriculum in the FCT.
Chukwumerije is the founder of the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF).
He explained that the collaboration would make the NTF and CCSF to train about 400 students from four Government Secondary Schools in the FCT.
“When we did our research, we found out that almost every private school has taekwondo facilities while the public schools do not.
“I also found out that there are lots of bright students in the government schools.
“This made us to prepare an elaborate plan and proposal to the secondary education board.
“They looked at it and said even though it will expand their curriculum; it is good they give it a trial.
“So, they approved it in four of the government secondary schools in Garki, Lugbe, Maitama and Wuse Zone 3.
“The programme has been fully introduced in Garki and Zone 3 and in the coming weeks, Maitama and Lugbe will follow.’’
He said the programme which would be launched in March in conjunction with the Secondary Education Board, was aimed at inspiring kids and interacting with some international taekwondo athletes.
Chukwumerije said the goal was to build a Team CCSF and athletes, who would represent Nigeria at various international taekwondo competitions.
The Beijing Olympics bronze medalist added that the initiative was part of CCSF’s efforts at developing the sport in Nigeria.
“This was as a result of a successful take-off of our zonal taekwondo programme, tagged ‘Inspire the Zones’,’’ he said.
No fewer than 100 students from Garki Secondary School participated in a talent-hunt programme which took place at the school.
Training kits were distributed to students, while the school got some taekwondo equipment to facilitate the students’ weekly training as recommended by the Education Board.

Swimmers in training with their coach

Swimmers in training with their coach

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Eagles May Play Home Games In Abuja

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Plans are underway to have the Super Eagles move their home games to Abuja after Dangote Group handed over the rehabilitated MoshoodAbiola National Stadium, Abuja to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Contractors, Aron Nigeria Limited, handed over the rehabilitated stadium to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday.
The rehabilitation work was carried out on the main bowl pitch and scoreboard.
Tidesports source reports that Dare had clamoured for the return of the Eagles to Abuja on several occasions, stating the need to have a permanent home stadium.
The Eagles last played at the Abuja stadium in 2012
“It is my wish that the Super Eagles and indeed the national teams of Nigeria, like elsewhere, have a permanent venue to play their matches rather than playing from one place to another,” Dare said last month while speaking to State House correspondents.
“There are great benefits for countries’ national teams to have a particular venue where the players understand very well. I believe very soon the Super Eagles will be playing their matches in Abuja or Lagos if the national stadium is fully ready too.”
In the last 10 years, the Eagles have played their home games at the GodswillAkpabio Stadium Uyo, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin and AdokiyeAmiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
They, however, made a return to Lagos after 10 years and for the first time for a competitive match in 20 years when they played Lesotho in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the TeslimBalogun Stadium on March 30.
They ended up playing their remaining World Cup qualifiers and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Lagos.
While the Eagles were hoping to make the TeslimBalogun Stadium their new home, news emerged last week that the Confederation of African Football had banned the stadium from hosting matches.
In a letter dated October 17, which was sent to the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi,CAF said the stadium “lacks the CAF criteria and requirements in order to properly host international competitions”.
The letter signed by CAF Development Director Raul Chipenda said the stadium failed to implement the recommendations addressed to the NFF after the previous inspection.

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Court Bars Bash Ali From Defaming Minister

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Justice O.C. Agbaza of the High Court of the Federal  Capital Territory (FCT) has issued a restraining order, barring Bash Ali from further making or publishing any denigrating or defamatory material against the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
Tidesports source reports that the Minister had far back as June 25, 2021, approached the Federal High Court, Abuja division seeking a restraining order and charging Bash Ali with libel and defamation of character.
The lawyers to the minister from the Keyamo Chambers spent months unable to serve Bash and the judicial workers strike. Upon resumption and with the serial defamation by Bash Ali continuing, the lawyers approached the court. This time, the Keyamo team and Wole Olanipekun team as counsels secured the restraining order.
It would be recalled that sometime in April 2021, Bash Ali had in a letter, which he made available to the public, made several allegations against the Minister.
The Minister denied those allegations and to assert his innocence, the Minister filed Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/1269/2021seeking injunctive reliefs and pecuniary damages from Bash Ali on account of the defamatory publication.
Despite the pendency of this suit, Bash Ali recently published a video on social media in which he repeated those false allegations against the Minister and also issued several threats against the Minister and the Ministry.

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Nigeria’s Saidu Elected As Commonwealth Handball Scribe

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Nigeria’s Jibril Saidu has been elected the new secretary of the Commonwealth Handball Association.
The election, which took place via zoom on Monday, saw Saidu emerging unopposed but still polled 100 percent of the available votes.
Saidu,a former player became the second Nigerian to be elected as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Handball Association succeeding General Ishola Williams who held the same position for almost three decades.
Also, Ruth Saunders, former President of South Africa Handball Federation defeated Steve Neilson of Scotland to become the first woman president of the Association.

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