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Registry Dethrones School At ISL’s 31st Sports Meet

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Registry (Red House) deposed Bursary (White House) to win the 31st Inter-House Athletics Competition International School, University of Lagos (ISL), held at the International School Sports Ground, University of Lagos.
Registry garnered 14 gold, seven silver and four bronze medals to come tops, as Congregation (Purple House) came second with nine gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals.
Tidesports source reports that Chancellery (Yellow House) finished third with seven gold, four silver and two bronze medals, while Senate (Blue), placed fourth with four gold, 15 silver and eight bronze medals.
Bursary (White House) occupied fifth position with four gold, five silver and 11 bronze medals, however, the defending champion, School (Green House), came sixth place on the log after registering three gold, three silver and six bronze medals.
In the march past, Senate came tops with 93 points, Bursary was second with 89 points, while School had 88 points to get the third position, Registry fourth with 83 points, Congregation fifth with 78 points and Chancellery sixth with 76 points.
Mohammed Femisola was adjudged the best athlete after winning four gold medals in the 800 metres, 1500 metres, 400 metres and 4×100 metres.
Speaking at the event, the school’s Acting Principal, K.O. Amusan, said the competition was part of the school’s extra-curricular activities that encourage healthy living and exposed hiding talents among students.
“We are here to celebrate our 31st inter-house sports competition. It is a special one because our school just turned 40 years and it is our 40th Founder’s Day edition. This year’s competition is a very unique one as we are using our own field for the first time as against the University of Lagos Sports Centre, we used in the past.
“When we talk about a school’s setting, school is not just about academics as they say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. The inter-house sports competition is very important because it allows for healthy competitions among students and even the staff. The health benefits are numerous,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of occasion and Group Managing Director of Vita Foam Nigeria Plc, Mr Taiwo Ayodele Adeniyi, who was represented by Mr. Owabamidele Sola, said the event was a celebration of youth, adding that they occupy a very important place in the country.
“For any country to grow, we must encourage them to show the full potential God has deposited in them. The contest is also an opportunity for the students to develop their talents aside from academics. And the corporate bodies have the duties to support sports at the grassroots and anything that is good.
That is what Vita Foam is known for, because we are a brand that supports talents when we see where talents are being developed and we encourage them,” he stated.

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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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