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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Minister Gets 48 Hours Ultimatum to Reverse Sport Federations boards Dissolution

Board members of the 31 Sports Federations met at the Presken Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday 4th May, 2021 and totally rejected the arbitrary and untimely dissolution of the Boards of duly and democratically elected Federations.



The Board members also condemned and rejected the establishment of caretaker committees over duly and democratically elected sports Federations whose tenures were yet to expire. 

The members unequivocally stated that on no account will the Caretaker Committees be recognized by the International Bodies of the various Sports Federations in place of the duly elected Boards.

The Federations noted that the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development lied when they claimed that the tenures of the Boards have expired.  Board elections were held on June 13, 2017 and the inauguration into office was done on July 10, 2017 for a 4-year tenure.  The tenure will therefore expire on July 10, 2021 and not April 30, 2021 when the Federations were dissolved.

Board members wish to inform the public that no provision in the Code of Governance empowers the Minister to dissolve Boards of duly and democratically elected Federations and no legislation, law, regulation or instrument empowers the Minister or the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to set up Caretaker Committees. 

The Board members of the 31 Sports Federations hereby give the Minister a 48 hour- ultimatum within which he is to rescind and reverse all unlawful pronouncements he made over the dissolution of duly appointed Board members of Sports Federations or face appropriate reactions from the Federations. 



 The Minister and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is urged to desist from jeopardizing the future of our youths especially Nigeria’s sportsmen and women, by putting the country  at risk of being banned from participating at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. 

The Board Members restated that sports Caretaker Committees can never be allowed to replace duly elected Boards whose tenures are yet to expire.

It also stated that it will do all in its power to stop autocracy in sports, especially in a democratic dispensation. 


Signed:


1. Aquatic Federation 

2. Athletics Federation 

3. Badminton Federation 

4. Basketball Federation 

5. Boxing Federation 

6. Chess Federation

7. Cricket Federation 

8. Cycling Federation 

9. Darts Federation 

10. Deaf Sports Federation 

11. Fives Federation 

12. Golf Federation 

13. Gymnastics Federation

14. Handball Federation 

15. Hockey Federation 

16. Judo Federation 

17. Karate Federation 

18. Kickboxing Federation 

19. Wushu Kungfu Federation 

20. Rowing, Canoeing & Yatching Federation 

21. Rugby Federation 

22. Scrabble Federation 

23. Shooting Federation

24. Squash Federation

25. Table Tennis Federation

26. Taekwondo Federation

27. Tennis Federation

28. Traditional Sports Federation

29. Volleyball Federation

30. Weightlifting Federation 

31. Wrestling Federation


Saturday, April 10, 2021

NSF: Team Rivers Stella Wins Three Gold in Weightlifting

 NSF: Team Rivers Stella Wins Three Gold in Weightlifting



Itua Favour


Stella Kingsley Peters of Team Rivers win 3 Gold medals in the Women 49kg Weightlifting event. 


Stella snatched 74kg, Clean and Jerked 105kg a record in (49KG) to pick the 3 available Gold.


It will be recalled Stella at the last National Sports Festival in 2018 she finished fourth in same category. 


An elated Stella thanked her coach for the support and God for the victory. 


"At the beginning it was not easy, I had to work very hard for it with the support of my coach Ojadi and Uche for advising me and encouraging me I also thank God for giving me the 3 gold medals, may his name be praised. 


The River State athlete who won 3 silvers at the 2019 All African Games in Morocco said she hope to qualify for the Olympics. 


She will now shift her focus to the African Championships, Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

NSF:Big Brother Naija Star To Compete In The Colours Of Team Rivers

 NSF:Big Brother Naija Star To Compete In The Colours Of Team Rivers



First Runner up at the 2019 edition of Africa's television reality show, Big Brother Naija, Mike Edwards will represent team Rivers at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival in Edo State.


Mike Edwards is a professional athlete who had represented Great Britain in the past as a long jumper.


The lagos born, United kingdom based athlete was meant to represent Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but was banned for representing Great Britain 10 years prior to the competition which made him ineligible to represent Nigeria as it 2018.



The 28 year old who is also married to an athlete, Perris Shakes-Drayton who is an olympian has now been presented with the opportunity to show Nigerians the stuff he's made of.


Mike Edwards became an household name in Nigeria when he featured in the 2019 Big Brother Naija, he finished second just behind Mercy Eke, though many touted him to win and his fan base has remained strong and intact ever since.


Apart from sports and entertainment which brought him fame, Mike Edwards is also an entrepreneur, Mike owns the first Black-owned cigar line in the United Kingdom known as Aireyys.



He's one of the athletes expected to win a gold medal for the well prepared team Rivers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tokyo 2020: AFN Assures Of Proper Preparation For Team Nigeria

 Tokyo 2020: AFN Assures Of Proper Preparation For Team Nigeria



The technical director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN says the most important thing at the moment is to put in place a proper preparation for the Nigerian Athletes ahead of the Tokyo Olympic games.


Sunday Adeleye noted that despite the hiccups and hindrance portraying the AFN in bad light, the body will still do enough to ensure that the country's interest comes first.



When quizzed about the controversy rocking AFN as regards faction, Sunday Adeleye said "Well, so far so good, we don't know what the faction is all about, but as a federation we are working hard and our team is ready, we are making sure that athletes are getting set for the event".


"We are doing what we need to do as a federation.We can not pretend as if there is no problem, we keep talking about interference, we've had several issues in the court and judgements have been given in our favour that Ibrahim Shehu Gusau remain the substansive president of the AFN and Sunday Adeleye also it's technical director".



The AFN Technical director noted that the federation has done enough to put the house in order and confirmed that they have tried severally to meet with the Honourable Sports Minister.


"We have tried severally to meet with the Honourable Sports Minister but our efforts have proved abortive".


He frowned at the ministry's manner of disrespecting the decision of the court and flout its orders, he described it as disheartening.



He said he's hoping that the crisis does not affect  team Nigeria irrespective of the distractions.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

National Sports Festival: Team Rivers Arrive Edo

The Rivers state contingent to the forthcoming Edo National Sports Festival arrived in Benin City, the state capital on Friday, April 2, 2021.



Up next for the team as expected is to sort out registration processes for the multi sports event.


Before their departure, the state government promised them mouth watering rewards if they win the 20th edition of the games .

 

Team Rivers are competing in 29 sports events and are expected to perform creditably following the quality and level of preparations as well as the support the team got from the state government.



The athletes and officials will receive their festival kits this weekend ahead of Tuesday's opening ceremony.


The Vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo is expected to declare open the National Sports Festival alongside the Sports Minister Sunday Dare

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

National Sports Festival: Rivers State Government Confident of A Colourful Outing

The government of Rivers state has expressed confidence that its contingent to the 20th National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020, coming up later this month will excel.



Commissioner for sports in the oil rich state Boma Iyaye during a press briefing today as the state continue to put finishing touches to their preparations for the multi sports event said the government is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that the Athletes will not lack basic motivation.


In his speech, He said "Rivers state has always participated in all editions of the National Sports Festival since the inception in 1973, we have hosted two editions in 1988 and 2011 respectively"



The commissioner added that "In recent past, we have been a major contender during the 2011, 2012 editions, it's our commitment and desire to maintain the BAR in the Edo 2020 edition, in spite of the several postponements".


Boma Iyaye stressed that the support of the state Governor, His Excellency Nyesom Wike has been tremendous, He said his interest in sport gives credence to his intention of unifying the state through youth empowerment and his will to tackle youth restiveness.



For the multi sports event, Rivers state is going to Edo with 434 athletes and 144 officials to compete for Honours in 29 sports.


Abula, Beach Volleyball, Athletics, Ayo, Badminton, Boxing, Chess, Cycling and Table Tennis are among the sports team Rivers is expected to take part in.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Wrestling: NWF Set For Maiden Champion Of Champions Tournament

 Wrestling: NWF Set For Maiden Champion Of Champions Tournament

 


The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) have concluded plans to stage the first-ever Champion of Champions tournament in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

 

The invitational tournament, which will feature the top 5 wrestlers in the six Olympic weight classes in Women Wrestling and Freestyle events, will take place at the ultra-modern Theatre of Wrestling Complex, Yenizue Gene from 15th to 18th January, 2021 under strict Covid-19 compliance.

 

It would mark the return to competition for Nigerian wrestlers, who last competed at the 2020 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Algeria nearly a year ago, no thanks to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

 

NWF President and sponsor of the competition Hon. Daniel Igali said the Champion of Champions invitational tourney will help put the country’s ‘Olympic hopefuls’ in prime shape and ready for the 2021 African Championships and Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifiers both in El Jadida, Morocco in early April.

 

“The Champion of Champions (tournament) is an initiative of mine, and the reason for it is to get our Olympic hopefuls prepared for the African Championships and the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualification tournament coming up in early April,” the World and Olympic gold-medalist said.

 

“The goal for this tournament is to have the top 5 athletes in the Olympic weight classes to square off. So, all five of them will square off against each other.

 

“So, they’ll have four quality matches in the middle of January, just to get them prepared and to set the stage for the rest of the season.”

 

The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development also disclosed that prizes will be awarded to the eventual champions, adding that the federation will observe the prevailing Covid-19 protocols in the course of the tournament.

 

“We plan to have prizes for them (the champions),” he disclosed. “Baraza Multi-Purpose Society will help with some prizes. We are going to get details in the coming week.

 


“It (the tournament) will be Covid-19 compliant. We are only going to allow the required number of people in the hall – just the coaches, the referees, the wrestlers and very essential staff. So, we are not hoping to have more than 80 people in the hall for this competition.”

 

Interestingly, the competition is at no cost for the participants, as the NWF have decided to take care of the transportation, accommodation and feeding of the athletes, coaches and referees.

 

 

 

Emeka Dennar

Media Officer

Nigeria Wrestling Federation

Friday, November 6, 2020

Afrobasket Qualifiers: Mike Brown releases 20 man provisional list

 Afrobasket Qualifiers: Mike Brown releases 20 man provisional list



D'Tigers Coach new coach Mike Brown has released a 20 man provisional list for the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers slated for Kigali, Rwanda between 27th and 29th, November.

Brown who will officially start his voyage with Nigeria submitted a list featuring 7 players who featured  at the 2019 FIBA World Cup where Nigeria qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo.

Captain, Ike Diogu will lead the legion which includes 29 year old Stan Okoye (Gran Canaria), Ben Uzoh, Ike Iroegbu, Talib Zanna, Ekpe Udoh and Michael Eric.

2015 NBA winner with Golden State Warriors, Festus Ezeli will be on the flight to Rwanda for a chance to represent Nigeria for the first time ever alongside a member of the 2015 Afrobasket winning team, Mike Gbinije.

After missing the final 12 man team to the world cup, France based Ike Nwamu will  make another return to the team alongside Tonye Jekiri, Christopher Obekpa, Braxton Ogbueze, Mike Efevberha, Obinna Emegano who at some point featured during the team's 2019 qualifiers series.

Chima Moneke who has averaged 12.3pts and 5.8rebs in 4 games for Orléan in the French league has also been called up for the first time alongside Zaid Christopher Hearst-Okpalannaka who plies his trade in the second tier of the French league.

Other new faces who will hope to earn their first cap include Real Betis powerforward, Obi Enechionyia alongside Ogbunu John and Rasheed Sulaimon who play for Casademont Zaragoza

 

 

 

FULL LIST

1.      Stan Okoye                    Small Forward         Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria (Spain)

2.      Ikechukwu Nwamu       Shooting Guard        Cholet (France)

3.      Ike Iroegbu                    Point Guard                          Capital City Go-Go (NBA G League, USA)

4.      Talib Zanna                      Centre                    Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C  (Israel) 

5.      Chima Moneke                 Power Forward        Orléans Loiret Basket (France) 

6.      Obinna Enechionyia         Power Forward        Real Betis (Spain)

7.      Micheal Gbinije                Shooting Guard       BC Nevėžis (Lithuania)

8.      Obi Emegano.                  Shooting Guard       Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)

9.      Mike Efevberha               Shooting Guard        JA Vichy-Clermont Métropole (France)

10.  Michael Eric                     Centre                      Turk Telekom Basketball (Turkey)

11.  Tonye Jekiri                      Centre                      Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia (Spain)

12.  Rasheed Sulaimon           Shooting Guard                   Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

13.  Zaid Hearst-Okpalannaka  Shooting Guard     Antibas (France) 

14.  Ekpe Udoh                              Centre 

15.  Ben Uzoh                                Point Guard

16.  Christopher Obekpa                 Centre

17.  Ike Diogu                                Centre 

18.  Braxton Ogbuezue                  Guard

19.  Festus Ezeli                             Centre

20.  John Ogbunu

 

 

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Oni Afolabi O.

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