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Showing posts with label Rivers State. Show all posts

Saturday, April 10, 2021

NSF: Team Rivers Stella Wins Three Gold in Weightlifting

 NSF: Team Rivers Stella Wins Three Gold in Weightlifting



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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.

Friday, April 9, 2021

NSF: Grace Ayemoba Delivers 100m Hurdles Gold For Team Rivers

 NSF: Grace Ayemoba Delivers 100m Gold For Team Rivers

By Kingsley Oyero 



Grace Ayemoba showed class this Friday evening while competing in the 100 meters female event at the ongoing 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo State.


Participating in her fifth National Sports Festival, Ayemoba edged athletes from other states to emerge victorious.


Prior to the Festival, she had won two gold and three silver medals in past events and she promised to ink Rivers state's name in Gold at this edition.


She won gold in the 2011 event in hurdles and heptathlon, and after winning gold today, she said her plan is to catapult herself to the top an become one of the best athletes in Nigeria.


Ayemoba appreciated the Rivers state government for the unwavering support she and other Athletes are getting to have a good outing at the National Sports Festival.


Event will continue on Saturday and team Rivers will hope to continue having a fine run.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Edo 2020: SWAN President frowns at poor treatment of members

 Edo 2020: SWAN President frowns at poor treatment of members



The national president of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Comrade Honour Sirawo, has lamented what he describes as "the poor treatment" of members of the Association at the ongoing National Sports Festival, Edo 2020. Mr. Honour while addressing members at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Thursday, decried the inability of the organizers of the Games to provide basic media amenities and the bare minimums pertaining to the media coverage of the event to members of SWAN.


He attributed part of the struggles and inadequacies of the organizers to the inability of the federal government through the federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to financially support the government of Edo state which had exhausted its budget for the Festival after the competition suffered a couple of postponements before it eventually commenced on April 2, 2021. Mr. Sirawo who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers state Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, however called on members to remain calm and continue with their "commendable coverage" of the Games while he continues to interface with the Games' organizers with a view to improving the working conditions of members at the event. 



The sports championship which is currently taking place in Benin city, the Edo state capital, is the twentieth edition of the biennial competition and has participants drawn from all thirty-six states of the Federation and the FCT.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

NSF 2020: We Want To Better 2018 Performance- Iyaye

 NSF 2020: We Want To Better 2018 Performance- Iyaye



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Rivers State Commissioner of Sports Mr Boma Iyaye says Team Rivers ambition is to better last Festival's performance. 


Speaking immediately after the Opening Ceremony, Iyaye who came to cheer the team to victory praised Edo State for a befitting opening ceremony.


"First I want to commend the government of Edo State for a wonderful job this evening, it was an awesome event considering several postponements of the festival I think they did a very good job. 


Well, that's our ambition, but at the end of the day we will be able to ascertain if that is possible or not". 


Team Rivers placed second at the 19th National Sports Festival with 69 gold, 58 silver and 67 bronze medals, while Edo came third with 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze medals.


It will be recalled Team Rivers has so far won 2 gold medals, one of which came from Judo. 


The Honourable Commissioner remained optimistic that the state will add to her medals and be in a good position. 


"For Team Rivers, this is just the beginning we are hoping that at the end of the day we get more medals and be in a good position on the medal table". 


Reacting to the absence of fans at the stadium to cheer the athletes, he said, 


"Nothing else to say that unfortunately they cannot be here to support their darling team Rivers but be that as it may all we need is prayers and support from Rivers".

Friday, April 2, 2021

Win The National Sports Festival, Millions Will Flow- Rivers State Government To Athletes

 Win The National Sports Festival, Millions Will Flow- Rivers State Government To Athletes



The Rivers State government has assured its athletes to the National Sports Festival in Edo State of juicy rewards if they come out tops at the multi sports event.


Commissioner for sports Boma Iyaye while addressing the contingent this morning as they converged for departure to Edo State, brought to the fore the need to do Rivers State proud, adding that the athletes will be the biggest beneficiary if they win.



He boasted that the state government under the watchful eye of Governor Nyesom Wike will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they are adequately rewarded for their outing.


In his words "If you come out first and the governor doesn't bless you, don't call my name again".


"Do well, I assure you that this team will be well rewarded"



Boma Iyaye charged the team to go for victory, make the state proud and be fearless.



Team Rivers is scheduled to arrive Edo later this evening, it was also confirmed in the commisioner's address that the team uniforms and equipment are ready, he said the Athletes will get it on arrival in Benin, Edo State

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, March 29, 2021

National Sports Festival: Team Rivers Athletes Receive Covid-19 Vaccine

National Sports Festival: Team Rivers Athletes Receive Covid-19 Vaccine

The Rivers state Athletes to the forthcoming National Sports Festival today got vaccinated as they intensify preparations for the festival.




The development is in tandem with the directive of the Honourable Sports Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare that athletes and officials that will be part of the multi sports event must get vaccinated.

The Covid-19 Vaccine boosts the immune system and to a large extent prevents the novel virus from penetrating.

The 2021 National Sports Festival is scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo State between April 2nd and 15th. It was shifted twice because of the pandemic which also halted other Sporting events globally.




With the opening ceremony in sight, arrangements are in top gear by Team Rivers to record a colourful outing. The State government has also charged the athletes to dazzle everyone and be the Cynosure of all eyes.

Rivers state is one of the leading states tipped to do well at the 20th National sports Festival due to its  numerical strength, quality of athletes and officials as well as the government's willingness to develop and promote the sports sector.

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