The 2019 All Africa Senior Badminton Championship billed for Port Harcourt between today and weekend serves off at the main hall of the Alfred Diete-Spiff Sports Complex today.
Already, most of the 18 countries expected for the championship being sponsored by the Rivers State government in conjunction with the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, BFN, arrived Port Harcourt at the weekend.
Most of the teams held other training sessions at the venue yesterday and are ready to go. According to the organisers, the championship will commence with the opening ceremony and the team events today.
Meanwhile, towards a successful media coveys of the championship, the BFN yesterday organised a one day retreat on the fundamentals of the game for members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Rivers State chapter.
The retreat was held at the Alfred Diete Spiff sports complex Port Harcourt, yesterday ahead the All Africa Senior Badminton Championship (AASBC) slated for today in the state.
Speaking at the event the resource person, Deputy Referee of the championship, Bayo Ilori, explained that the game has single, doubles and mix doubles players.
According to him, the match consists of best of three games of 21 points adding that, at 20 all, the player who gains a two points lead first, wins the game.
“At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th points win that game. The side winning a game server first in the game. The same counting for single doubles and mix -doubles,”Ilori said.
He further explained that, if the laws are continuously broken by a player then the referee has the power to dock that player points and can disqualify him for persistent faults.
“Players must serve diagonally across the net to their opponent. The referee has overriding call on infringement and faults. The game has only two rest period,’ he noted.
He also said that, a red card is given to a single player or doubles pair to penalize subsequent infractions after receiving a yellow card, adding that it counts as fault.
The judge noted that opposing side is awarded apoint saying that, after a second red card a player or pair may be disqualified with a black card by the umpire after being authorised by the referee.
NDDC U-17 Peace Cup To Resume In Uyo
The long awaited finale of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) U-17 Peace Cup would expectedly resume next week as two qualified teams from the nine states converge in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Technical Director of the tournament Etim Esin in a statement on behalf of the Local Organising Committee Chairman John Ekpeyong and Secretary Ada Gwegwe yesterday said the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, will declare the tournament open.
It added that the Special Assistant to the President Muhammad Buhari, on Sports Development, Coach Daniel Amokachi, NFF Technical Director Coach Augustine Eguavoen along with football legend Taribo West and other notable Niger Delta-based and foreign scouts will be on ground.
The LOC appreciated the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, for his support towards the conclusion of the tournament, adding that it is better late than never, as the competition will still be among his numerous legacies.
According to the statement, the arrival date for participating teams is 11th of December, while screening of teams and official kick off, will take place the following day.
The statement further called on the Coordinators of the states not to forget the rules of engagement, especially on the age bracket of the players, as the screening will be strict, for the aim of the competition to be achieved.
FIBA World Cup: Kida Lauds D’Tigers’ Strong Qualifiers Start
Top basketball administrator and immediate past Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) president, Engr Musa Kida, has congratulated the D’Tigers for starting their 2022 FIBA World Cup on a strong note after picking two victories in three matches.
With five points from a possible six and a superior point difference, the team sits comfortably atop group A ahead of the next round of games coming up by the 27th of June, 2022.
Kida described the team’s performance as inspiring despite peculiar circumstances surrounding the federation’s election as well as FIBA’s stance over Nigeria’s participation at the qualifiers.
“It is really nice to start such important qualifiers on a winning note which is very good for our chances of qualifying for the World Cup. We had to put our administrative differences aside for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
“We feel elated and justified that our decision to give FIBA the go ahead to register the team which enabled them participate paid off in the long run as we join hands with all stakeholders to continue growing the game in Nigeria”.
16 teams are vying for the available five spots at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Nigeria grouped alongside Mali, Cape Verde and Uganda.
“The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round of the African Qualifiers and will join three other teams to create two six-team groups with results from the preliminary rounds carried over,” Musa added.
AWCON Qualifiers: Ebi Targets Revenge Against Ivory Coast
Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi, says the team will go all out for revenge when they clash against Ivory Coast in their final 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers next year.
The qualifying game which will be played on a home and away basis is scheduled for February 13 and 17 with the winners qualifying for the AWCON in Morocco.
The Falcons who will be hoping to defend the title they won at the 2018 in Ghana are eyeing their 10th trophy Morocco but to qualify for the event, they’ll have to go past the Ivorians who knocked them out of contention for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Ebi, who is Nigeria’s current longest-serving player says her aim is to avenge the loss that saw them miss out on the 2020 Olympics at the hands of the Ivorians.
“I can tell you that we still nurse the pain of missing out of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of the loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifying series,” Ebi said.
“This time, we will repay them in their own coins. Personally, I want to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup, and I know it is the same for my teammates.”
The Falcons are the most successful African women’s team in the world and have won the AWCON a record nine times and will be hoping to get their 10th next year after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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