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Minister pledges strong Olympic showing for Nigeria

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The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has assured Nigeria will have a good outing in France when the Paris 2024 Olympics begins.

The Games will be held from July 26 to August 11.

Enoh stated that the ministry was putting the final touches on Team Nigeria’s preparation plans for the upcoming Olympics, alongside the Nigerian Olympic Committee and other relevant federations.

In a statement signed by Diana-Mary Nsan, Special Adviser on media to the minister, Enoh highlighted the extensive efforts being made to ensure Team Nigeria is well-prepared to compete for honours at the prestigious global e“Different sports are already embarking on the foreign leg of their preparations.

The Super Falcons are currently in Spain, and the Basketball team has also opened foreign camps. Other teams will follow suit in the new week,” the minister stated.vent.

“The Ministerial Podium Performance Committee has continued to give me reports, and teams are also working with them to ensure we return with medals from Paris. We are confident it will be a good outing for our nation” he added.

While emphasising the importance of pre-Olympic camping for athletes to achieve focus, fine-tuning, and a serene environment devoid of distractions, Enoh also expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his unwavering support for Team Nigeria’s Olympic preparations.

“I want to use this medium to thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for all the support he has given Team Nigeria in preparation for the Olympics. He has always shown he has sports in his heart and we are more than glad to have him lead our nation at a time like this,” Enoh said.

Ahead of their participation in the women’s football event of the 2024 Paris Olympics Games, the Super Falcons, who have been paired in the tough group that has Brazil, Spain and Japan, held their first training session in their Seville camp on Sunday.

Also, the country’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have arrived in Germany to formally begin preparation for the women’s basketball tournament at the Olympics. The Nigerian side is placed in a difficult group alongside Canada, Australia and host France.

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Alcaraz Overwhelms Djokovic To Defend Wimbledon Title

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Carlos Alcaraz powered to victory over an out-of-sorts Novak Djokovic in a bewildering final to defend his men’s singles title at Wimbledon.
A repeat of last year’s showpiece, it failed to live up to the five-set thriller of 12 months ago as Djokovic appeared helpless against the dominant Spaniard.
After squandering three championship points when trying to serve out the victory, Alcaraz held his arms aloft after edging through the third-set tie-break for a 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win.
For a second straight year, Djokovic was attempting to equal Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles.
The 24-time major winner was also trying to move ahead of Margaret Court to take sole ownership of the all-time record for the most Grand Slam singles titles.
Graceful in defeat, Djokovic shared a smile and warm embrace with Alcaraz at the net after the comprehensive defeat.

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Uruguay Coach Blasts Copa America Organisers

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Uruguay coach Marcelo Bielsa has lashed out at the plague of liars running the 2024 Copa América, two days after his team’s semifinal against Colombia ended with a brawl in the stands involving players and fans.
At a fiery, extraordinary news conference, Bielsa criticized the lack of security provided to Uruguayan families; argued that his players were obligated to climb into the crowd to protect their loved ones; and said that post-brawl punishments should not be for the players, “but rather for those who forced them to act how they acted”, tournament organisers.
And Bielsa did not stop there. He blasted the patchy, temporary grass fields laid down for this Copa América, which is being hosted by 14 stadiums across the United States.
He also said the “training fields were a disaster.”
He suggested that Bolivia had been unable to train because one pitch was so bad.
He said that  Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who blasted the quality of the field at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on opening night, had been threatened and told not to speak out again. (At multiple news conferences since, Scaloni has indeed declined to discuss the state of fields when asked.)
Bielsa noted that U.S. authorities, such as those in charge of the stadiums, have responsibility for some of this, but “they have not lied,” Bielsa said.
He instead directed most of his criticism at CONMEBOL, the South American soccer confederation primarily in charge of (and primarily profiting from) the tournament. “They say that the pitches are perfect, and all these lies that they have told!” Bielsa ranted, gesticulating furiously.
At one point, he cut himself off, and acknowledged: “I’m saying everything I promised I wouldn’t say.” But he couldn’t hold back.
He had been asked by a reporter whether he feared that his players who fought with fans would be sanctioned for their roles in the melee. “The players reacted like any other human being would,” Bielsa responded as he grew angry. He said that their families had no escape route. “And if you see your woman, or your mother, or a baby, being attacked, what would you do?”

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Euro 2024: Mikel Oyarzabal Clinches Victory For Spain

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Mikel Oyarzabal scored a late goal to give Spain a 2-1 victory over England in the Euro 2024 Final yesterday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Coming off the bench, Oyarzabal scored the winning goal to give Spain a record fourth European Championship, their first since 2012.
Following a cagey first half in Berlin, in which neither team scored, Spain increased the intensity early in the second half.
A lovely infield shuffle from the 17-year-old Lamine Yamal followed by a cross-pass in the path of Spain’s left-winger, Nico Williams ended up as the opener.
Williams slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford at the bottom corner of the far post to make Spain go ahead of the game.
In the 70th minute, Cole Palmer was substituted in for Kobbie Mainoo.
The Chelsea player took three minutes to combine alongside Jude Bellingham for England’s equalizer.
The winner finally came via another substitute, this time for Spain, as Oyarzabal pounced onto a Marc Cucurella’s low cross from the left to see his team win the game.

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