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Obaseki Urges Commission To Groom 10,000 Athletes

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has charged the State Sports Commission Board to develop 10,000 athletes in different fields of sports in the next five years.
The governor gave the charge while inaugurating the Yusuf Alli-led Sports Commission on Saturday in Benin.
He admonished the commission to pursue policies that would ensure the dominance of the state in the entire country in terms of the development and training of athletes.
“Edo is synonymous with sports, we owe what we met on the ground to the next generation. We have to catch them young, we have to rethink sports with all the resources we have.
“We have to catch them in schools and those outside schools. Success to me will be when we have more than 10,000 Edo sportspeople.
“They should be young men and women, who are so good in sports and who can find opportunities locally, nationally and globally.
“People need to prepare for the global market, why can’t we start now?
“We just have to catch them young whether it is in swimming, tennis, basketball, table tennis, handball or football.
“We should be able to say in five years’ time we have trained between 10,000 to 20,000 and if 1,000 of those become global stars, see what that would do for us,” he stated.
Obaseki also urged the commission to tap into funding from the private sector to develop infrastructure and drive sporting activities.
He called for total reform and transparency in the administration of sports associations.
Obaseki said, “Private capital is fundamentally different from the way government capital behaves.
“There is a high level of transparency because anybody who puts money down wants to see where that money is going to and how that money is being spent.
“This is because if they don’t see it you can’t attract more. So, we can’t run the associations the way we used to.
“Sports is sports, politics is politics, let’s separate them. Sports is professional, let’s bring that level of professionalism to it.
“Edo today has the number one cricket team in Nigeria through private sector spending. I want to see the same in swimming, gymnastics, volleyball and handball”.

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RSFCA Holds Coaching Clinic In PH, Today

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The Rivers State Football Coaches Association (RSFCA) has concluded arrangements to organise a coaching clinic tagged: “Continuous Professional Development Coaching (CPD),” aimed at developing football coaches in the state.
Chairman of the local organising committee (LOC),  Coach Raphael Akunna revealed that the coaching clinic is being organised in conjunction with Bright Stars Sports Agency United Kingdom which will hold at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium starting from tomorrow, and last for two days.
Wuga Birabe, Co/Director MW Sporting World Limited London, England, United Kingdom and other invited instructors are expected to deliver key note lectures.
Dignitaries expected at the opening ceremony today include Sir Honour Sirawoo (Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Sports and President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria), Barr Chris Green (Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Real Madrid), Mr Benjamin Akubor (RSFA), Sarah Davids (Chairman Sports Writers Association of Nigeria Rivers State), Chairman Nigeria Referee Council Rivers State) and other invited guest.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State Football Coaches Association (RSFCA) has conducted a number of coaching courses over the past three years.
The latest was the NFF/NLO/Berackiah Football Grassroots Coaching Clinic course that took place March 7 – 11, 2022 and attracted about 40 participants

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Super Six: Why Nasarawa Walked Over Ratels – Chairperson

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Chairperson, Nigeria Women’s Football League, Aisha Falode, says Naija Ratels were walked over at the ongoing NWFL Super Six tourney in Benin City, the Edo State capital, after they failed to respect the sponsorship deal for the event.
New girls Ratels were scheduled to clash against former champions Nasarawa Amazons at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Monday before they were walked over.
The NWFL had sealed a N16m sponsorship deal for the championship, with all six teams to wear shirts branded by the sponsors.
But Naija Ratels reportedly flouted the rule book, preferring to wear their own jersey branded by another sponsor.
“We walked them over for flaunting the rule of being the club that has not worn the official jersey. We will work on the fixtures and move on, this is what the rule is all about,” Falode said.
“We told them (clubs) each team would get N1m each, while there would be N5m for the winners, N3m for the runners-up and N2m for the second runners-up, meaning N16m was going back to the league.
“This man (Ratels owner), who just qualified for the league for the first time, who is playing in the Super Six for the first time, has come to disorganise what we have done. We have a responsibility; we have a duty to the organisation and those who appointed us to manage this league.”
Falode added, “If you have a shirt sponsorship, you are supposed to write to the league board and as a matter of fact, a percentage of the sponsorship is supposed to come to us but we are not aware they have any sponsorship deal.
When asked if there would be stiffer punishment aside the walkover, the ace sports journalist added, “one step at a time.”
Also, the NWFL Chief Operating Officer, Modupe Shabi, noted that Paul Edeh, Ratels proprietor, contravened the NWFL Statutes on sponsorship.
“Article 7.8 states that all rights contracts to be entered into by any club shall first is subject to the writing and approval of NWFL, before execution,” she said.

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Ban On Basketball Bad For Nigeria – Chairman

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The Chairman of Retired Basketball Players in Port Harcourt, Fubara Fibika has said that the ban of basketball in Nigeria from international competition by the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, would cripple the game at the grassroots.
According to him, the best thing to do was to formulate a programme on how to develop the game instead of the ban.
Fibika said this on Monday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt, saying that basketball is one of the fastest developing games in the country.
The veteran explained that he has respect for the Sports Minister for his initiative on sports development, but his recent action is not fair at all.
“Bringing politics in Sports will cripple the industry.
What we should think of now is how to promote and develop the game in our locality” Fibika said.
He advised the Sports Minister to rescind his decision, narrating that the ban is not good for the game.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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