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NVBF Set To Groom Discovered Talents

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Technical Director, Nigeria Volleyball Federation  (NVBF), Martins Melandi says the federation will groom discovered talents in the President Beach Volleyball Competition, to become international athletes.
Melandi said this in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
He said the competition had uncovered more talents capable of making Nigeria proud.
“Those discovered will be called and groomed for future engagements,” he said.
Melandi expressed satisfaction over the standard of play in the three-day competition held in Kaduna, which attracted teams from all over Nigeria.
“I am impressed that great skills and techniques were exhibited as well as discovery of several talents,” he said.
He tasked the players to remain active when they return to their various states, saying such posture would guarantee their being fit and in good form.
Similarly, the President of the Association, Musa Nimrod told newsmen that he was confident of Nigeria’s qualification for Tokyo 2020.
“We must be in the Olympics at Tokyo, we must put our heads together because any divided house cannot succeed. We must be in one spirit.
“I am being challenged that for the Tokyo Olympics, Nigeria would host the second round for female qualifiers, the males are going to Mozambique to compete.
”You have to beat Kenya in Abuja, we cannot host and lose. Let’s not criticise each other, let’s be united.
“For the senior  team, you have two weeks to the qualifiers to the last round and we must clinch the tickets,” he said.
Nimrod said that Nigeria would feature in the African Nation’s Cup Under-19, and expressed optimism that the country would get good representation based on the standard of play and skills displayed during the President’s Cup.
“Nigeria will host U-18 Volleyball Indoor this year. Also, the league will soon commence for the indoor volleyball,” he said.
Nimrod said that he was excited that Beach Volleyball was the  only beach game to feature at the forthcoming National Sports Festival (NSF) in March in Edo.
“It is an indication that the sport is gaining more popularity.
“I want to see a good game at the NSF. Other sports want to have beach competition in NSF,  but only Beach Volleyball got it,” he said.

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Organisers Explain 2021 NSF Postponement

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The 21st edition of National Sports Festival earlier scheduled for November 2 to 15, 2022, in Asaba, Delta State, will now hold from November 28 to December 10, 2022.
According to a statement by the Festival Secretary, Peter Nelson, and addressed to all Commissioners of Sports and Directors of Sports, the postponement was at the request of the host, Delta State.
“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from November 2 to 15, 2022.
“It is now shifted to start on November 28 to December 10, 2022.
“The reason for the postponement is to give Delta State more time to complete some of the facilities needed for the festival,” the statement reads.
It will be recalled that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, which was tagged: “Edo 2020,” also suffered several postponements until it finally held from April 2 to 14.

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Nigeria Must Embrace Grassroots Sports Dev – Amusan

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Women’S 100 metres hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, believes that grassroots development programmes and top-notch training will help the country discover more athletics world champions.
Speaking in Lagos at a dinner organised in her honour by The Plug, an entertainment firm, tagged ‘Tobi Amusan’s Homecoming,’ she blamed the exodus of the Nigeria’s top athletes to other countries to what such nations offer the athletes.
“Grassroots sports development is something we lack here and the reason we often lose our top athletes to other countries of the world.
“From my experience training in the United States, if we can have such development here, we can groom young talents and unearth more Tobi Amusans,” she said.
On the recent ratification of her record by World Athletics, Amusan said: “That my world record was ratified by the world body means that I am drug free and that I am clean. I feel great about it. Every time I am on the track, my eyes are always set on how to win and I execute it by winning.”
She also spoke on the recent reception by the Federal Government, saying, “It is great feeling that we were recognised by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they took into account and they recognised the fact that we did the nation proud. It is such a great feeling getting the national honour.”
She acknowledged the support she got after her world record feat, with her followers on Twitter rising from 3000 to 150,000 under 24 hours, saying it showed that people appreciate what she is doing.
On the criticism by men’s 400 metres world record holder, Michael Johnson, after her record breaking race in Oregon, U.S, Amusan said she was not bothered. “Honestly, I kept doing my thing because after the World Championships, I had other competitions to attend. I don’t dwell on negativity… I look on the bright side of the sport.”
At the event, Flutterwave, which used the occasion to declare it has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amusan, said: “It is very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”

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YSFON : Academy Coach Begs For Assistance

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The Head coach of the De Kings International Football Academy (DKIFA) of Port Harcourt Okpaleke Chika King is begging the Rivers State ministry of Sports,  private and corporate individuals and all lovers of football for financial support to assist his team represent the state in Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria (YSFON) competition.
He said that his team was representing Rivers state at the ongoing Chief of Naval Staff National (YSFON) Competition in Ilorin, Kwara State. He said he had written a letter to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals for assistance.
King made the assertion on Saturday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt before leaving for Kwara state.
According to him he had nothing to do than to borrow money for the journey believing that when the State’s Commissioner for Sports sees the letter he would not fail to respond to it.
“ As you can see, my boys are ready for the competition but we lack support.
“ I have written to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals to assist us  but I have not gotten any reply, yet.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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