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Nigerian Blind Judokas Listed For Baku Grand Prix

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For the first time in the history of judo in Nigeria, two Lagos judokas have been listed among the competitors at the International Blind Sports Association Judo Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The National Gymnastics Arena in Baku will host the six-day tournament from September 23 to 28 as Nigeria compete at the tournament for the first time.
The three-man team, which has Oladele Kekere and Grace Egbobi as athletes, will be coached by Janet Omohodion.
The athletes are in camp in readiness for the tournament as they are expected to depart the country September 22.
According to the Chairman, Lagos State Judo Association, Sheriff Hammed, the trip became necessary for the athletes to compete internationally against their counterparts, while lauding the Lagos State Government for deeming it fit to bankroll the trip. “I am so happy that Lagos is achieving another first in judo as the first state in Nigeria to present athletes for the IBSA Grand Prix, which is another motivation for judokas across the state. I am also elated that this is coming at a time when judo is taking a leap in the country,” Hammed said.
“This is a rare opportunity for the athletes as they etch their name in the annals of history as the first Nigerian athletes to compete at the IBSA event and we hope and believe the experience will be handy for them going forward.
“This will surely encourage other athletes to continue to work harder to be able to benefit from this kind of gesture. In Lagos, we are always setting the pace and we hope other states will take a cue from this by encouraging their athletes who are challenged to aim high in the sport.
“We are grateful to our governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the gesture and we will continue to put Lagos on the world map as our athletes fly Nigeria’s flag for the first time in such international championships,” he said.

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PH Club Amateur Open Golf Tourney Tees- Off, Oct 9

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Preparations are in top gear as this year’s edition of the Port Harcourt Club Amateur Open Golf Championship tees off on October 9, 2023.
The Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee, (COC),Dr. Patrick Ohia, who made this known while addressing sports journalists in Port Harcourt, said the championship will take place at the Golf Section of Port Harcourt Club 1928.
Dr. Ohia hinted that over 220 amateur golfers have registered for the tourney, adding that the theme of this year’s championship is “Golfing for Healthy Living”.
According to him, the tournament will feature mostly golfers within the South-South and South-East region of Nigeria, and hinted that registration had since been closed.
He maintained that every necessary logistics have been put in place for a hitch-free championship, adding that this year’s edition of the Port Harcourt Club Amateur Open Golf Championship will be unprecedented in the annals of the golf section.
The Organising Committee Chairman further disclosed that professional golfers will also participate in the championship as mouth-watering cash prizes have been earmarked for them as they play sorely for monetary gains.
He said that the Caddies will play on the first day, while the seniors and the elders will take their turn on the second day of the open, which will precede the Lady Golfers, Professionals and Amateurs tee-off respectively.
Meanwhile, he said the tournament is being bankrolled by Polaris Bank and a list of other sponsors.

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NYG : Coach Expresses Disappointment Over Over-Age Players

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The Head Coach of Team Rivers   Hockey  team, Comfort Nya has expressed disappointment over the fielding of over aged players at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG)  in Asaba Delta State.
She praised her team for their performance, adding that she was disappointed with her opponents, especially, Kaduna state for fielding overaged players.
Nya said this yesterday in an interview with sports journalists shortly after they lost 5-0 against Kaduna state at the ongoing NYG in Asaba Delta state.
According to her, she has been with the team for only three months. She expressed optimism that in another 12 months, the team will turn things around.
“I believe in the team with what I have seen so far, they will do well in next edition.
“ The team started brightly at the game but were overpowered by their opponents.
“I think we still have one game to play against Niger.  I am assuring Rivers state that they are  not going to do bad in the game.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Athlete Advises Parents To Encourage Wards In Sports 

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The first gold medalist of Team Rivers State at the ongoing National Youths Games (NYG) in Asaba, Beauty Jumbo, has advised parents to always encourage and not to give up on any child that chooses or gets involved in sports.
According to her, she fell in love with gymnastics through the advice of her sister and today she is able to do well in the game.
Jumbo made the assertion on Wednesday while speaking with sports journalists shortly after she won a gold medal in gymnastics at the ongoing NYG in Asaba, Delta State.
She expressed joy over winning the gold medal, adding that she wants to be the next generation gymnast.
“ I want to advise parents not to lose hope in any child that is participating in sporting activities because sports pay.
“ My aim is to be the next generation gymnast. I love the game because my sister developed my interest in the game.
“ I want to make my parents and my country, Nigeria proud”, Jumbo said.
The former  bronze medalist in the sixth edition of NYG and student of Dominion Noble Global Academy of Port Harcourt said that her coming to the seventh edition was to win gold which she has done adding that she wants to win more in the game.
“I am very excited because my plan has come to past.
“ I want to thank my coach, Tamunosaki West, for what he has been doing during our training,” she said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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