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New AFN First Vice-President Urges Support For Sports Development

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New AFN First Vice-President Urges Support For Sports Development

Gadzama Tafida-Wadzani, the newly-elected First Vice-President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), on Monday urged philanthropists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to further support sports activities in the country.

Tafida-Wadzani told newsmen in Abuja, immediately after his election into office that more support was needed for athletics particularly at the grassroots.

“We have been in crisis for a while and I can say, as the newly-elected First Vice-President, that we are going to have a functional Federation and that will end the crisis.

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“But I am appealing to philanthropists and NGOs to support various sports activities to enhance development in the country, particularly sports.

“We know that they have passion for grassroots sports development and that is where our sports activities will majorly focus on and that is why we need their support.

“The administration of Tonobok Okowa in the AFN is set to regain back the lost glory of athletics and bring it back to life,” he said.

Tafida-Wadzani expressed regrets that athletes and coaches in the sport have suffered because of the federation’s inability to look for sponsorship.

He added that the ongoing crisis in the federation has crippled their capacity to deliver.

“This has crippled our capacity to deliver, no doubt. But, the new AFN President, with his position in the country, will be able to talk to companies, such as those in the oil industry, to support athletics in Nigeria.

“They can come with their money to advertise probably and athletes will gain more from this.

“They will bring innovation, changes, and dynamism to the AFN, in spite of our lean resources,” the new AFN First Vice-President said.

He added that he was “humbled, encouraged and inspired to do more for athletics development in the country” with his election.

Tafida-Wadzani thanked the athletics congress for giving him the opportunity to contribute his quota.

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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria Yet To Receive Medal (Full List)

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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria Yet To Receive Medal (Full List)

Following is the current medals table at the Tokyo Olympics Games after the competitions on Thursday (tabulated under delegations, gold, silver, bronze, and total medals):

 

 

China

Japan

U.S

ROC

Australia

Britain

South Korea

France

Germany

Italy

Netherlands

Canada

Hungary

Slovenia

Croatia

Kosovo

Brazil

Switzerland

Romania

Chinese Taipei

New Zealand

Czech Republic

Georgia

Serbia

Gold

15

15

14

8

8

5

4

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Silver

7

4

14

11

2

7

3

5

3

7

7

3

1

1

0

0

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

1

Bronze

9

6

10

9

10

6

5

3

7

10

4

5

2

1

1

0

3

2

0

3

1

1

0

2

Total

31

25

38

28

20

18

12

11

13

19

13

10

5

4

3

2

7

6

4

6

4

4

3

4

 

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Austria

China’s Hong Kong

Tunisia

Uzbekistan

Ireland

Estonia

Norway

Iran

Slovakia

Thailand

Philippines

Fiji

Bermuda

Ecuador

Latvia

Spain

South Africa

Indonesia

Mongolia

Belgium

Denmark

Poland

Jordan

Turkmenistan

India

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

2

3

3

2

2

1

1

1

1

 

 

Bulgaria

Colombia

North Macedonia

Venezuela

Ukraine

Kazakhstan

Mexico

Turkey

Egypt

Cuba

Kuwait

Cote d’Ivoire

Portugal

Argentina

San Marino

Israel

Finland

 

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

0

0

0

4

3

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

 

1

1

1

1

4

3

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

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Chelsea Signs New GoalKeeper ‘Marcus Bettinelli’ From Neighbors

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Marcus Bettinelli

King of Europe, Chelsea FC, has added a new goalkeeper, ‘Marcus Bettinelli’, from neighbors, Fulham, to their squad.

The 29-year-old signed a 2-year deal, according to a report by the club on their official website.

With the departure of Willy Caballero, Bettinelli is to be his replacement, to keep balls out of Chelsea’s net.

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The former Fulham Goalie made over 120 appearances for the club, and was recently loaned to Middlesbrough FC.

The England born expressed his excitement for signing for the blues.

‘It’s always been a special club. I know the area very well so it’s been a dream of mine to come over to this club and it’s finally happened.

“There were some talks a few years ago when I was a bit younger and for whatever reason, that didn’t come about but I’m here now.

“I’m really excited to be involved and looking forward to trying to impress and help the team as much as I can.

Bettinelli made his top-flight debut in a 4-2 victory against Burnley in August 2018, in the Premier League.

The first international break of the season saw the goalkeeper’s form rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Although he failed to make an appearance for the three lions, it was an achievement for him.

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10 Nigerian Athletes Disqualified From Tokyo Olympics

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Ten Nigerian athletes have been ruled ineligible to participate at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), dampening the country’s hope for a successful competition.

The athletes were ruled ineligible due to failure to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations.

‘Category A’ federations are those that are deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport.

This was revealed in a statement released by the AIU, an independent Athletic body charged with managing all issues of integrity, including doping and non-doping cases.

The AIU revealed that a total number of 18 athletes were ruled ineligible to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, with Nigeria accounting for the majority, with 10 athletes.

The names of the athletes were not released in the statement.

A major requirement of Rule 15 is that “an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.”

Despite not having major doping cases, Nigeria was included in Category A at the start of 2020 following a continued period of weak domestic testing levels, according to the AIU website.

Chair of the AIU board, David Howman enjoined countries to play their part in the fight against doping, saying “National Federations must play their part in supporting anti-doping efforts. The eligibility rules for athletes from ‘Category A’ countries are very clear and compliance is essential for cementing the required long-term changes and ensuring a level playing field for clean athletes.”

“I must underline that there have been significant improvements in anti-doping efforts in most ‘Category A’ countries thanks to this rule. It is clear that the relevant National Federations in conjunction with their NADOs have started to take their testing responsibilities seriously, and I thank them for their efforts, but there remains a long way to go in some circumstances,” Howman added.

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