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Team Nigeria win second gold as Omolayo breaks Paralympics record

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Team Nigeria won their second gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on Sunday as Bose Omolayo claimed victory in the women’s 73kg para-powerlifting.

Omolayo lifted a Paralympics record of 141kg to win the gold medal. She had earlier lifted 135kg and 138kg.

The 32-year-old however failed in her bid to lift 144kg, which would have been the new world record.

Ukraine’s Natalia Oliinyk won silver with a lift of 133kg, while the Russian Paralympics Committee’s Vera Muratova won the bronze medal with a lift of 132kg.

Nigeria has now won four medals at the ongoing Games.

Tijani Latifat won Nigeria’s first medal at the Paralympics on Thursday, winning the gold medal in the women’s -45kg para-powerlifting.

she bettered her performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympics — where she won a silver medal — to claim the gold with a lift of 107kg

won silver and bronze medals with a lift of 102kg and 101kg respectively.

Lucy Ejike and Ibrahim Olaitan also won bronze medals in para-powerlifting on Saturday.

Team Nigeria Captain Ejike won the bronze medal in the women’s 61kg category with a lift of 130kg.

Ejike, who holds the world record in that category, failed in her two other attempts to lift 135kg to settle for the bronze medal behind Mexico’s Amalia Perez and Uzbekistan’s Ruza Kuzieva, who won gold and silver medals respectively with lifts of 131kg and 130kg.

Olaitan also lifted 119kg — failing in her bid to lift 127kg — to win the bronze medal. China’s Yujiao Tan lifted 133kg to win the gold medal, while Egypt’s Fatma Omar lifted 120kg to win the silver medal.

Nigeria are 27th on the medal’s table.

Nigeria’s men’s para-table tennis team will play Argentina in the Round of 16 of Classes 4-5 by 1:00am on Tuesday, while they will play the US in Classes 9-10 of the men’s singles by 2:30am same

 

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2025 AFCON: Nigeria-Benin, Four Other Nations Bid To Host  

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Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia, and Benin-Nigeria want to replace Guinea as hosts of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, CAF president Patrice Motsepe confirmed on Saturday.

Guinea, chosen in 2014 to stage the premier African national team tournament, withdrew last year after little progress had been made in preparing for the biennial event.

CAF officials will do inspection tours of all the candidates this month with the winners to be announced on February 10 this year.

South African billionaire businessman Motsepe said the successful country or countries would offer the best “transport, logistics, hotels and beautiful stadiums”.

“Each region will have a chance to organise a CAN (Cup of Nations). We cannot assign the organisation of the CAN successively to the same region.”

Benin and Nigeria are in west Africa, as are the Ivory Coast, who will host the 2023 Cup of Nations.

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AFRDC 2023: Irabor tees off golf tournament in Abuja

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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Friday in Abuja, teed off golf kitty tournament to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

Irabor, represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said the tournament was organised in partnership with the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) to celebrate the retired and fallen heroes.

He said the event was significant in remembering the nation’s fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price for defending Nigeria and those still alive who gave their best in service to the nation.

He said that there were other sporting activities organised to mark the day, adding that it was the first time the armed force would partner with NGF to organise a golf tournament.

He said that apart from golf, many other sport activities were also lined up for the occasion.

Also, Otumba Olusegun Runsewe, the President of NGF and Director-General, National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), commended the CDS for approving the partnership for the tournament.

Runsewe said there was the need to celebrate those that laid down their lives for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

He said that Nigeria had moved to the next level of golf development in line with international standard.

According to him, the International Standard is that any measure on a golf course must be branded.

“So, I’m happy to show you that if you go on the course now every measure has this international standard.

“We have 250 Pro golfers from professionals, amateurs, women among others, and it is an 18 hole golf course.

“I want to assure you that with this partnership, we are going to open more windows in Nigeria,” he said.

Similarly, the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said the tournament was organised to honour the fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price to keep Nigeria together.

Akpor said that there were living veterans as well as those who bore the scars of war and operations and the handicapped.

He said that the sporting activities were about building consciousness of the military and supporting them to continue to be the pride of the nation.

“So, while we are here doing this golf kitty, we also have those who are injured who are also playing a game at the National Stadium as we speak.

“They are playing the Citizen sitting volleyball and Wheelchair basketball,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that the injured and soldiers living with disability known as Invictus team played citizens sitting volleyball match with the FCT team at the indoor arena of the National Stadium.

 

 

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Ekiti FA Hails Bamidele on MOB CUP Championship

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……. charges organizing Committee to maintain good

The Ekiti State Football Association has lauded Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele popularly known as MOB for the ongoing MOB Unity Cup across the Ekiti Central Senatorial District.

Chairman, Ekiti State Football Association, Bayo Olanlege commended the Title sponsor Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele for creating the platform to keep the youth busy and positively engaged during the yuletide in his constituency.

“Our distinguished Senator has done well for Ekiti youth in his constituency, dolling out cash to organize a competition of that magnitude is something worth commending”

Olanlege further congratulated the organizing committee headed by the Chairman, Ekiti State Coaches Association, Mr. Kehinde Anjorin, the young and vibrant Femi FACOM Popoola, the ever articulate Mayowa Afolabi and others doing a very good job in ensuring proper coordination of the tournament across all the centers.

He charged the committee to keep up the good job and improve on the foundation laid at the local football council level as the stage is set for the inter local football councils after the draws.

The MOB Unity Cup competition is underway across five local government covering the Ekiti Central Senatorial District which includes – Ado, Efon, Ekiti West, Ijero and Irepodun/Ifelodun LGAs.

According to the organizer the third place and final matches of the championship are billed for January 30th and February 4th,2023 respectively in Ado Ekiti, the State Capital

 

 

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