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Showing posts with label Edo state. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edo state. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

"Win Olympic Gold And Get SUV" - Gusau

Good times await Nigerian sprinter Enoch Olaolu Adegoke if he wins gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Engr Shehu Ibrahim Gusau promised Adegoke a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV if he wins a gold medal at the Games which starts July 23 to August 8, 2021

During an elaborate send forth ceremony held by the Edo State Government for its athlete, Enoch Adegoke on Tuesday, Gusau said the gesture is his little way of motivating the athlete participating in the track and field events.

Gusau who was part of the virtual ceremony via Zoom said that if Adegoke wins any other medal apart from gold, he will still receive a surprise gift from him.

“Olympics is a big stage where every qualified athlete is motivated to go for gold and we need to motivate them more.

“I am talking about a tear rubber SUV, not a fairly used vehicle. If he wins any other medal, the AFN will give him a gift.”

Gusau who has continued to successfully steer athletics resurgence said that as a man of his words, all athletes under the AFN’s umbrella should be assured of a big package after their Olympics exploits.

“I promised Blessing Okagbare during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and it was redeemed. This cannot be different,"

He thanked the Edo State Government for their continued support towards Nigerian athletes and grassroots development.

 Edo State Government has presented Adegoke with 10,000 dollars as upkeep during the games.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

NSF: Main Organizing Committee Strips Bayelsa Athlete Off Six Medals

 NSF: Main Organizing Committee Strips Bayelsa Athlete Off Six Medals

The Main organizing committe of the National Sports Festival in Edo State has disqualified Dino Ebarakumo, thereby stripping him off the medals he has won so far.

Ebarakumo according to reports registered for team Rivers heading into the festival, but eventually, fraudulently turned up for team Bayelsa without a proper clearance by the MOC.

With the development, the organizers say the four gold and two silver medals he has so far won have been cancelled.

Meanwhile, there are insinuations from different quarters that team Bayelsa has other athletes it poached right at the venue without proper documentation.

It remains to be seen if more of Team Bayelsa athletes will suffer the same fate in the next couple of days

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

National Council on Sports commits to April date for Sports Festival

 National Council on Sports commits to April date for Sports Festival.

-FG considers financial support

The Edo 2020 National  Sports Festival  earlier  scheduled  to hold  from February 14th- 28th has been  postponed  till April. This decision was reached after the emergency meeting of the National Council on Sports convened by the HM youth and sports who is the chairman of council. 

In attendance were Commisioners

Of Youth and Sports from the states of the federation and Directors of Sports. The Deputy Governor of Edo state was also in attendance.

This recent postponement was occasioned by the second wave of the pandemic and the paucity of funds. The Edo Govt had requested for financial support due to the cost implications it suffered arising from the postponement. 

The accommodation prepared at the University of Benin was no longer available for the Atheletes because students had resumed. 

Rising from the meeting  of the National Council  on Sports on Monday, Council resolved  that it was   best to shift  the Festival  to a later date due to financial challenges   raised by the host state,  accommodation problems  at the University  of Benin due to the resumption  of academic activities  which would affect the camping of atheletes. 

According  to the resolution  of the council, the Federal Government,  Edo state and the council on Sports  agreed that the Festival will  now hold in April since the earlier February  date was no longer feasible. 

According to the chairman of Council and Minister of Youth and sports Development Mr *Sunday Dare* "We have seen the Sports Festival postponed three times,' as we speak now most of us should have arrived Edo state getting ready for February 14, Sunday to start the Edo 2020 Sports Festival. But flowing from our last meeting a few things came up. There was an undertone that the postponements have occasioned some financial difficulties and strains on the host state, and I dare say even on our part as the Ministry the postponements have also occasioned some financial difficulties.  On the strength of this similar experience myself, His Excellency the Governor and also Deputy Governor have bounced Ideas, the conversation, back and forth. Of course, when December came, we know that almost everything stopped but it was agreed that it was important to approach the Federal Government for financial support. I'm  glad to report that the Federal Government  is favourably disposed to assisting Edo State to host the  Festival. In the next few day, we hope to  push through the document  through the Ministry  of Finance to get the financial  support to get the Festival  on track. The February  14th date was not cast in stone as we wanted to avoid another postponement.But we must agree that the  February  14th date is no longer  feasible."

 " The importance  of the Festival  cannot be  over emphasized.  The idea of not holding the Festival  should be thrown  out completely . It is an Olympics  year, it would help shape the atheletes  for the Olympics."

On his part. The Chairman of the Main Organizing Committee  and Edo State Deputy Governor  Comrade Philip Shuaibu said “I agree the Festival  should hold before the Olympics to get our athletes  fit and to secure points they require for the Olympics. Every postponement goes with a cost, but we are totally  committed  to hosting the festival. We are very expectant  of the support of the Federal Government  to make the Festival  a reality"

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Eagles’ Camp Opens In Benin Monday; Leone Stars To Arrive On Wednesday

 Eagles’ Camp Opens In Benin Monday; Leone Stars To Arrive On Wednesday

Super Eagles’ camp will officially open on Monday, November 9 in  Benin City for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against  the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone billed for Friday November 13 at the  Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

The Super Eagles will lodge at Eterno Hotel while the match officials  and the delegation of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be  accommodated at the Edo Heritage Hotel.

Super Eagles team officials and other backroom staff are due in camp  on Sunday, November 8 ahead of the players who are expected to arrive  Benin City on Monday, November 9 after this weekend’s games for their  respective clubs.

The Sierra Leoneans who will lodge at the prestigious Lush Hotel in  Benin City, are expected to fly into Lagos on Wednesday, November 11  from where they will connect another flight to Benin same day.

Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports insists that the match must observe the Covid-19 protocols.

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