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LASG says sports can be used to rekindle hope in youths

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The Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Oluwatoyin Gafar, has said that sports can be used to rekindle the hope of, youths especially with the political situation in the country.

Gafar said this at the one-day 2021 Table Tennis Renewed Hope Top-16 Invitational Challenge competition which ended on Saturday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 16 players performed in the men and women categories respectively.

NAN reports that for the men’s category; Taiwo Mati came first, Samuel Boboye, second, and Ahmed Bello came third. They were awarded cash prizes of N200,000, N100,000 and N50,000 respectively.

In the women’s category, Bose Odusanya placed first, followed by Bisola Asaju and Fatimo Bello. They won cash prizes of N200,000, N100,000 and N50,000 respectively.

The director said that it was important to tell the youths that their hope could still be renewed which was what gave birth to the competition.

“Thirty-two top players in Nigeria and by extension, four of them ranked in Africa, participated in the competition.

“We need to continue encouraging them and giving them hope by rekindling their interest in sports instead of being on the streets constituting a nuisance to the society.

“The rigour of the game meets International standards which they are supposed to be exposed to,” he said.

Gafar said that the one-day competition was the first of its kind in Nigeria in accordance with International standards and that more of such competitions will be organised in future.

Wahid Oshodi, a former president of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), said that he was impressed with the performance of the athletes and would like them playing for the national team.

“I think not more than five people outside Nigeria can match these boys,” Oshodi said.

He said that he was confident that most of the players that excelled at this competition would perform well at the African Championship in September.

“I can bet you that we are going to see one or two of these young kids wearing the jersey along Haruna Quadri and this will give us great pride,” Oshodi said.

Martin, the winner of the boys category and also African Junior Champion, said that he saw the prospectus of the tournament and knew that it was going to be a difficult and rigorous one.

“So, I have been training in cardiovascular exercises to improve my stamina which helped me in completing the matches and focusing more on my rythm,” Martin said.

Fifteen-year-old Boboye and NTTF Championship cadet, said that he was proud of himself for getting to the finals for which he thanked God.

“I was so proud of myself because the tournament was tough. I played my best and got to the finals which is a big achievement for me,” he said.

Odusanya, winner of the women’s category, said that she did not believe she could win the competition because she was recently discharged from hospital.

“I give glory to God for winning this tournament because I was recently discharged from the hospital.

“I didn’t believe that I could get to the finals but glory be to God for this great win,” she said.

Ama-Ebi Ebikpolade, Chairman, Bayelsa State Table Tennis Association, applauded the performance of the athletes which he described as exhilarating.

“However, for me, Boboye is the star of this tournament because he is the most improved player and I am sure that he will go places,” the chairman said. (NAN)

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Dollar Rain for Amusan, Brume, others from Sports Ministry for Commonwealth successes

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Team Nigeria medallists and their coaches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games have received their cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their heroics in Birmingham.

Athletes who won gold medals received $5,000, silver medallist received $3,000, while bronze medallists got $2,000. Athletes who represented Nigeria in the 4 x100 relay received $15,000 for the team.

Amongst those who got rewarded are Women’s 100m Hurdles Champion, Tobi Amusan, 200m Silver medallist and long jump winner, Ese Brume among others.
The Coaches and officials also got rewarded by the ministry for their roles in Team Nigeria’s success.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare ensured that three weeks camping allowance was paid to all athletes.

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Nigeria’s Performance At Commonwealth Games A Parting Gift To Me – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described Team Nigeria’s performance at the 22nd Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022, as a parting gift to him.

Buhari said this in a statement issued by his media aide Femi Adesina.

‘‘We are proud of these achievements and the memories will linger with the nation forever and for me this is a special moment and a fitting parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State,” Statement quoted Buhari as saying.

He said, “the President commends the 94 worthy ambassadors that proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events, and for those exciting moments when the medalists brought smiles to our faces by breaking world, national, and games records, as well as achieving personal bests in their career.”

According to Buhari, the athletes’ performance was a display of the “God-given attributes of the real Nigerian- never give up, strive to the end”.

“The President also lauds the coaching crew and team officials for the passion towards the development of sports in the country, assuring them that history will remember them for all their contributions to making our athletes shine in the international arena,” Adesina’s statement added.

Nigeria finished with 35 medals, including 12 gold, nine silver, and 14 bronze, the nation’s best outing at the Games in years.

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CWG2022: Buhari Celebrates Team Nigeria’s 35 Medals

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President Muhammadu Buhari has joined sports loving Nigerians in celebrating the Nigrerian athletes that represented the Country in the the 22nd Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022.

Accodding to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity ,Femi Adesina  said President Buhari watched some of the colourful and spectacular moments in the 11-day competition, which had no fewer than 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories, competing in 280 medal events.

Buhari saluted the memorable display of Team Nigeria athletes.

The president commended the 94 worthy ambassadors that proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events.

He lauded them for those exciting moments when the medalists brought smiles to people’s faces by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal bests in their career.

He noted with delight the 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze harvested already on the late evening of the 10th day of the Games, and more medals likely for the country on the last day,
The president thanked the shining stars of Nigeria for competing among the best in the world and displaying the God-given attributes of the real Nigerian- never give up, strive to the end.

According to the President, it is noteworthy that majority of the medals so far, including 12 gold for the country, were championed by the nation’s talented young women and girls.
These, he said, include multi medalist Tobi Amusan (100m Women’s Hurdle and 4x100m Relay), Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha (4x100m Relay) and Miesinnei Mercy Genesis (50 kg),

Other are, Blessing Oborududu (57 kg) and Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) in Women’s Freestyle wrestling; as well as Adijat Adenike Olarinoye (55kg) and Rafiatu Folashade Lawal (59kg) in Women’s weightlifting.
Other gold medalists are Folashade Oluwafemiayo, Women’s heavyweight Para Powerlifting, Eucharia Iyiazi, Women’s shot put, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu in Women’s Discus throw, and Ese Brume, long jump.

‘‘We are proud of these achievements and the memories will linger with the nation forever and for me this is a special moment and a fitting parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State,” he said.

The president also lauded the coaching crew and team officials for the passion towards the development of sports in the country.
He assured them that history would remember them for all their contributions in making the athletes shine in the international arena.

 

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