I am an Olympian to the core.
I went to two Olympics. The first was boycotted at the last minute by African countries.
At the second, I was Nigeria’s flag bearer, overall captain of the contingent as well as captain of the national football team, the Green Eagles.
I served as Vice-President of the apex body for Nigerian Olympians for several years, and as an athlete-representative for two athletes that won Silver and Gold at the Olympics games.
So, I write this with some authority in the field of measuring success in sport.
That’s why the motto of the international sports academy that I set up some 12 years ago is ‘to be the best that I can be’.
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The hosts defeated bitter rivals Nigeria with 4-1 on yesterday night to clinch the title at the Cape Coast Stadium. The Black Stars took the lead in the 44th minute of play, with Sarfo Kwadwo punishing slack defending from the Super Eagles to make it 1-0. Vincent Atingah doubled their lead from the penalty spot. Another spot-kick was awarded to Ghana and Stephen Sarfo converted it to make it 3-0.
Atingah was sent off late in the game, but it did nothing to change the final outcome, as the Ghanaians added one more goal in injury time. A stunning free-kick from Rabiu Ali was merely a consolation for Salisu Yusuf’s men. Recall that Nigeria had defeated the Black Stars 2-0, when they met during the group stages of the tournament. Captain of the home-based Super Eagles, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament.
Ezenwa kept four clean sheets leading to the final, against Sierra Leone, Mali, Ghana and Benin Republic. However, he conceded four against the hosts on Sunday, when Nigeria was hammered 4-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium. Ghana’s Stephen Sarfo emerged as the top scorer of the tournament. Sarfo scored a brace in the final to take his goal tally to four in the tournament. Another Ghanian star, Twum Isaac, was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to host African Tourism Ministers under the aegis of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission on Africa (CAF) next year. Addressing the 60th UNWTO CAF Meeting in Chengdu, China, on Tuesday 19th September, the Minister announced that the 61st Edition of the meeting would be held in Abuja hopefully 4-6 June 2018.
He said the choice of Abuja is part of the government’s effort to promote the Nigerian capital city as a conference destination within the sub-region. ‘’I am truly humbled by your unanimous confidence and I wish to assure you that the Ministry, with the full support of the Presidency and the National Assembly, is committed to ensuring a successful hosting of the 61st meeting of the UNWTO CAF
‘’I encourage all member states of this great Commission to honour us with your presence at the 61st Meeting of CAF in Abuja, Nigeria. Come and experience the true Nigerian hospitality, warmth and cultural delight,’’ he said. The hosting right of the UNWTO CAF Meeting was unanimously awarded to Nigeria during the 59th Meeting of the Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in April 2017.
The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) held in Delta State Nigeria has seeing some of our Nigerian athletes flying the Nigeria flag high above their shoulders with a strong determination. And this they showed in their performance on the track and field relay race at the main bowl stadium in Ozoro Polytechnic Delta State, where they emerge not just the best but also took the first position in that category they team Nigeria equally recorded victory in some other categories.
Blessing Okagbare and Ogho-Oghene Egwero both inspired Team Nigeria to victories in the 4X100m Relays event at the 2017 Warri Relays & CAA Grand Prix held on Tuesday the 18th of July, at that the main bowl of the Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro. While Okagbare led the female team to a comfortable win in a time of 43.92secs, the men team was stretched by the Botswana quartet who came to Ozoro with the aim of getting a qualifying time for the World Championships in London.
The Nigeria men’s relay team returned a time of 40.17secs while Botswana finished with a time of 40.21secs. There was more to celebrate for Nigeria in the Women’s 100 Hurdles event as U.S based Tobiloba Amusan continued her impressive run this season; winning the race in a time of 12.97secs while Grace Ayemoba finished a distant second in a time of 13.53secs and Efe Favour third in 13.63secs.
The acronym FIBA was originally coined out from French name Fédération Internationale de Basket-Ball.
FIBA Africa confirmed on Friday night 30th of June, 2017 that Tunisia and Senegal will jointly host FIBA AfroBasket 2017 from September 8-16.
The 16 participating teams will be divided into four groups of four in the Group Phase (September 8-10), with Senegal’s capital city of Dakar hosting two groups and Tunisia’s capital city of Tunis hosting the other two.
The euphoria that greeted the victory of Anthony Olufemi Olaseni Joshua over Wladimir Klitschko in the world heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium, England continued yesterday in Sagamu, his Ogun State ancestral home.
Large banners adorned the house of his great-grandfather, Prince Daniel Adebambo Joshua, at Ijoku in the heart of the city.
There is a big picture of the boxer. Besides it are the British flag and the green-white-green Nigerian flag. There were banners also at the Ita Oba Park where a viewing centre, which had over 2000 fans, was put up for the Saturday night fight.
Durban will be the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games after being confirmed as the venue for 2022.
The city on the east coast of South Africa was the only remaining bidder after Edmonton’s bid team withdrew in February for financial reasons.
The Games will begin on 18 July – what would have been the 104th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela – and finish on 30 July.
It will be the 22nd staging of the event, which is held every four years.
Athletes from more than 50 countries – most of which are former British colonies – compete.
The announcement was made at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) general assembly in Auckland.
“As a movement we stand together to support the very first games on African soil,” said outgoing CGF president Prince Tunku Imran.
Much of the infrastructure is already in place, with an athletics track to be installed at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
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