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Withdrawals Disrupt Live FIFA Debate Plans

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A planned televised debate between FIFA presidential candidates is in turmoil after two attendees pulled out.
The forum was scheduled to be held at the European Parliament today, but a live television broadcast has been cancelled after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale withdrew on Monday.
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa had previously confirmed he would not attend, while Gianni Infantino only submitted a video presentation, leaving Jerome Champagne as the only candidate scheduled to take part.
Co-founder of NewFIFANow, Damian Collins,  who helped organise the event, was annoyed by the late withdrawals and feels it is damaging to the governing body’s supposed desire for greater transparency amid ongoing corruption investigations.
“We are merely trying to put legitimate questions about the future of FIFA to Presidential candidates as members of various parliaments as well as on behalf of fans and other key stakeholders,” he said in a NewFIFANow statement.
“Any organisation interested in, or committed to, democracy, transparency and accountability would understand this, as should the people who want to be FIFA President.
“We are just seeing the same old FIFA at play and they have learned nothing about what they need to do to try to rebuild trust and credibility from the broader community.
“Rather than helping to rebuild FIFA’s credibility in the broader community, this outcome will just add to the impression that people at FIFA do not want open discussion about the future and reform of the organisation.
“Why don’t the FIFA Presidential candidates want to be subject to the same level of questioning and scrutiny that would be normal in any organisation run on democratic principles?”
The statement quoted a letter from Prince Ali to Collins in which he disclosed he had been advised the forum “may well constitute a breach of FIFA election rules”, adding his understanding that either Sheikh Salman or Infantino had “made a complaint to the Ad Hoc Electoral Committee” on the basis of political interference.
The debate is scheduled be streamed online, with Champagne acting as the keynote speaker.
FIFA’s presidential election is set to take place on February 26.

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Commissioner Advises Youths To Take Sports As  Career 

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Barrister Christopher Green, has advised youths of the State  to shun social vices in the society and take sports as a career for their livelihood.
According to him, sports should be an advantage and attraction for them to shun social, vices in the society adding that in his younger age, he went to school and he took Sports very seriously.
Green said this in a chat with sports journalists shortly after a basketball tournament in Port Harcourt.
He stated that he started playing basketball when he was young and he was mentored by good coaches both in character and the game.
“The youths should see sports as an advantage and attraction for them to leave those vices.
‘When I was younger like them, I went to school and I played basketball.
‘I had good coaches; they mentored me in character and even in the game.
‘So they should see the opportunity of the game as an opportunity to better the society,’’he said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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NFF Must Pay Me N157m With Interest – Rohr

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Former Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would have to pay him his outstanding salary with interest along with the current dollar rate following their delay in making the payment.
The Franco-German was relieved of his job as the Eagles gaffer last December, following a series of underwhelming performances by the three-time African champions.
Despite moves by the NFF to pay his salary until the end of his contract, which should have expired in December, Rohr, the Eagles’ longest-serving coach took the case to world football bod,y FIFA, demanding an additional £1m for breach of contract without just cause but FIFA instead approved $377,879.46 (N155million as of December 2021 and N157m at the current official dollar to naira rate).
A ruling by the FIFA players’ status chamber in May ordered the NFF to pay Rohr the money within 45 days, after ending his contract abruptly adding that the country’s football governing body would be sanctioned if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days.
“If full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the respondent (the NFF) shall be imposed a restriction on receiving a percentage of development funding, up until the due amounts are paid,” said the FIFA decision.
However, 85 days after the ruling by FIFA, the former Bordeaux manager told news men that he was yet to get payment from the NFF.
Speaking with Tidesports source  Rohr said, “Since the FIFA judgment, they (NFF) didn’t pay anything.
“FIFA paid me a part of the sum they owe me and that is normally (from) a part of the development budget they pay to African federations.
“My lawyer reminded them, FIFA and NFF, that interests have to be paid. The dollar amount will grow with time and this is the law.”
Asked whether he would be taking the NFF to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, the gaffer added, “No, because normally FIFA gives a guarantee for payment.

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Ahoada-East Loves Sporting Activities -Council Boss

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The Executive Chairman of Ahoada East Local Governnment Area of Rivers State, Barr Benjamin Ekeh has explained the essence of the annual traditional wrestling in his Area,which he said is to usher in resting period after the farming season .
Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the opening ceremony of this year,s annual traditional wrestling festival at Ogbo-Akoh Community in Ahoada, the Council Chairman said everybody was happy and the atmosphere was electrifying.
Ekeh said that apart from, wrestling, Ahoada East also holds school sports where budding talents are discovered.
“School, do hold their inter-house sports annually.
According to him, council also holds football competition yearly, in the LGA.
“Apart from sporting activities,we also hold wrestling competitions among the three clans that make up Ahoada, namely Upata, Ehuda and Akoh.
“So it is the turn of Akoh this year to host the wrestling festival and as a council we support them financially.
“The wrestling festival marks the end of farming season for the year.
“What you are seeing here is the opening ceremony of the wrestling festival,”the chairman explained.
Ben Ekeh pointed out that his people love sports naturally.
He emphasized the importance of sports to include, physical fitness, wealth creation and redirection of youths from social vices.
“Ahoada people love sports, you can see everybody is happy.’’

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