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YENAGOA — Bayelsa Government has urged the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to site its proposed University of Sports at Asoama in the Kolokuma/Opokuma council area of the state. Gov.  Douye Diri made the call while playing host to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on Friday in Government House, Yenagoa. He urged the ministry to take advantage of the world-class facilities available at the state’s Sports Academy, Asoama....

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TOKYO — The 2020 Olympic Games’ torch relay reached the host city of Tokyo on Friday to a muted reception. The torch began its final phase ahead of the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the July 23 opening ceremony. This was the day after Japan decided to ban all spectators from attending the Games in Tokyo and neighbouring areas owing to the coronavirus. The public was then on Friday also asked not to line...

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BERLIN — Goalkeeper Unai Simon saved two penalty kicks as Spain beat Switzerland 3-1 in a shootout on Friday to secure a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals. Spain prevailed in the shootout as Mikel Oyarzabal scored the winner after Simon had saved from Fabian Schaer and Manuel Akanji. Ruben Vargas had fired high for the Swiss in the quarter-final game played in St Petersburg. Spain’s Sergio Busquets and Rodri also failed to score in...

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LONDON —  Andy Murray’s Wimbledon comeback ended in the third round on Friday with a straight-set defeat by Denis Shapovalov. He had won back-to-back matches at a grand slam for the first time since his hip problems started in 2017. The two-time Wimbledon champion therefore had Centre Court dreaming of home glories once again. But 10th seed Shapovalov was a step up from Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte. Murray was comfortably beaten 4-6 2-6 2-6...

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YENAGOA — Bayelsa -born Olympic-bound athlete Timma Godbless has appealed to stakeholders in Bayelsa, to encourage young athletes to excel and achieve their potential. 17 -year old Godbless, who hails from Aleibiri in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday. She said that the lack of motivation after major competition and poor nutrition, has been a challenge for many athletes, in Nigeria....

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Ugo Udezue, who left Nigeria in the 1990s, left his plush job as an agent of the National Basketball Association (NBA) at one of the top firms in the United States four years ago. He would not have imagined pioneering the first and only African sports apparel company to officially outfit a team at the Olympic Games in Japan this year. At least, this was far from his initial plan. It would have been easier...

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GOMBE, (Adamawa) —  Adamawa United Football Club of Yola secured their second full points in 13 matches on Sunday by beating Rivers United of Port Harcourt 2-0 at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. According to the  News Agency of Nigeria, the Match Day 27 fixture in the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) did not go without any drama. This was when the decision by the match officials to disallow a goal scored by Anayo...

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ABAKALIKI — Ebonyi government on Wednesday said that no fewer than 848 athletes would participate in the state elimination stage of the ongoing maiden edition of Gov. David Umahi Schools Sports competition. The state Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Charles Akpuenika, told journalists in Abakaliki that the inauguration for the event had been fixed for June 3. Akpuenika explained that the local and the zonal elimination stages of the competition concluded on May 27, was successful....

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ABUJA — Chituru Nwazuzu has won the women’s wheelchair tennis event of the 43rd CBN Senior Open Championship which came to a close on Saturday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nwazuzu beat Omisore Kafayat 2-6 6-4 7-5 to win the competition at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium. Nwazuzu later said she was happy at winning the event, even though she was not prepared for the tournament. “But to my surprise, here...

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Kogi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Hon. Idris Musa disclosed that the State Government has dissolved all sporting associations in the state. According to a statement, the dissolution takes effect from today 26th May, 202. It added that the measure was based on the dissolution of the various sporting association boards at the federal level. Musa noted that the dissolution takes effect from today 26th May 2021.

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