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Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: I will appeal to the Organizers that the introduction of fees should be gradual – Barrister Solomon Dalung.



From next year, The 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will be a fee paying race, this means all runners both in the 42km and 10 km needs to pay to participate as a certified runner, and according to Bukola Olopade, the 10km race, which is from the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge to the finishing point, which is the Eko Atlantic City will be more expensive.

This reality hasn’t dawn yet on Nigerians until few months to eight of February, 2020 and this might constitute a big challenge to potential runners and hinder the budding culture of long distance race the events has imbibe on Nigerians . It can also reduce the inflow of intending foreign runners, who has to consider the cost of registration fee, the travel expenses and other costs.

To continue the culture of long distance race and sustain the inflow of tourist during the events, the organizers needs to yield to the advice of Barrister Solomon Dalung, Nigeria Youth and Sport Ministers , who also believe that runners will still compete even if fee is introduced because of the commitment they have shown in the past but it should be done gradually.

‘’ I appeal to the organizers that the introduction of fees should be gradual because we are just reviving the marathon culture, the imposition should not be made to scare people, we should consider payment of fee when we are quite stable “.

In defence of the of the registration fee, Bukola Olopade thinks the policy will not affect the culture of marathon in Nigeria.

“For us to have the quality, people must pay to run. It is not my ideal. It is a global practice and the ideal is postulated by the IAAF who are the governing body for Athletics in the world.

We are looking at the rate between three thousand and five thousands naira “.

Sharing the same view with Bukoka Olopade ,  is the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Kweku Tandoh, who thinks the enthusiasm created in the past four editions is enough for people to pay to participate.

“A token amounts will regulate the ever increasing crowds. The quality of the marathons will be much higher and a number you can control. The funds created will ensure that the quality of the marathon is raised “

How much exactly will the runners pay next year?

The General Manager of Access Bank Lagos city Marathon, Yusuf Alli said,

“It is a little token, not necessary having a crowd, because if things are done for free, people will take it for granted.

Lagos city Marathon is the only marathon in the world that they don’t pay to participate.

It won’t be something big, it will be something that the runners can part with ‘’.

In a chat with Norrie Morrison, an accredited IAAF Measurer, who measured the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, when asked? “How many years does a marathon have to attain before they start charging runners? ‘’.

The Durban based IAAF Delegate to Okpekpe race said.

“Most races charge runners from the very first. Free entry is unusual “.

He also believed that fees will not discouraged the runners.

“No, I think it will mean a better organized event but I have made suggestions how this is promoted “.

Only time will tell what the reaction of Nigerians will be but what is certain from all analysis and opinions is that 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will the first Marathon in Nigeria that runners has to pay to participate .

Mudashiru Shittu


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Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen To Get Heart-Starting Device After Cardiac Attack



Cardiac Attack

After a series of tests were carried out by experts in the field, the Inter star will have a potentially life-saving device implanted
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Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD – a heart defibrillator – after he suffered a cardiac incident in the match against Finland, Denmark have confirmed.



The Inter star fell to the pitch unconscious on the second match day of Euro 2020 and had to be resuscitated before then being transported to hospital.



Now, after a series of tests carried out by medical specialists, it has been announced that Eriksen will have a potentially life-saving implant installed.



What has been said?
National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet and Eriksen, and this is the latest status: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.



“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.



“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”



Has Eriksen spoken since the incident?
Yes. Taking to social media on Tuesday, the attacking midfielder wrote: “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.



“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.



“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”



Will he be able to play football again?
It is not yet known whether Eriksen will be able to play football again.



It is not unheard of, though, as the example of German forward Daniel Engelbrecht showed.



Engelbrecht collapsed on the pitch while playing for Stuttgart Kickers in July 2013, having suffered from a heart attack.


He was then fitted with a defibrillator and returned to the pitch in November of 2014 after 17 months of recovery.


However, Engelbrecht suffered from more heart issues down the line and hung up his boots in 2018 to concentrate on a career in coaching.


In terms of players still in the game, Ajax and Netherlands star Daley Blind continues to play at the highest level after having an ICD implanted in December 2019.

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​Ex-Chelsea Boss Lampard Back in Crystal Palace Contention




Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is again being linked to the vacant Crystal Palace job.



The London club were expected to secure former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.



However, talks collapsed, which means they are looking for another candidate.



The Daily Mirror reports Palace have moved onto Lampard, Swansea boss Steve Cooper and Burnley manager Sean Dyche as possible targets after pulling the plug on the Nuno deal.


Lampard’s interest in the Palace job is unknown, but he had recently stated that he was ready to get back to work after his sacking by Chelsea in January.

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PSG Hijack Another Barcelona Target — Report




According to Italian journalist Guillaume Maillard-Pacini, Paris-Saint Germain have hijacked yet another Barcelona transfer target.


A few days ago, the Paris-based club stole away Georginio Wijnaldum from the Blaugranas by offering him wages worth more than double which Joan Laporta and co were ready to offer.


Now, Les Parisiens are about to do the same with former AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.


Touted to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Donnarumma is at the end of his contract in Milan. Moving away as a free agent, the goalkeeper is on the radar of several top-tier clubs across Europe. His agent, Mino Raiola, is attempting to find the Italian national the right club where he can continue to grow and develop as a player.



Barça had made contact with Raiola regarding his transfer; the high-profile agent had offered his player to the club himself. However, this transfer has not been one of the Catalan club’s main priorities over the summer, and it is likely they will continue to bet on the relatively underperforming Marc-Andres ter Stegen, who will surely bounce back into form soon.



Therefore, the conditions have been set for PSG to hijack yet another transfer target from Camp Nou. Donnarumma, whose transfer to Barça was becoming more and more likely, will now probably be pried away to Paris — a club that have the financial resources to offer him a much better contract.



It is likely that the 22-year-old’s agent will also get his notoriously large commission on this deal as well, with reports claiming he will be asking anything up to €20m, as Donnarumma will be joining PSG as a free agent, giving more leeway for a higher agent-fee. Barcelona, in any case, would have probably not been able to afford such a fee.

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