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Nigeria win Africa Schools Badminton Championship

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The Nigerian team has emerged the overall winners of the 2018 edition of the Africa Schools Badminton Championship, which ended in Tema, Ghana on Thursday The Nigerian team won five gold medals, three silver and three bronze medals, while South Africa with one gold and two silver finished second. Uganda came third with one gold and four bronze medals.
On the final day of the tournament, the Nigerian team won three gold medals to add to the two it won in the team event on Sunday. The Nigerian team was making its first appearance in the championship since it began in 2006.
 In the all Nigeria Boys Doubles Final, the pair of Babatunde Bankole and Egbonyi Daniel defeated Balarabe Ahmad and Shamsuddeen Khalil 2-0 (21-17, 21-16), while in Girls Doubles Nigeria’s Obanishola Sofiat and Obasanmi  Olajumoke beat Morgan De Beer and Kent B of South Africa 2-0 (22-20, 21-16).
In the Mixed Doubles, which also involved two Nigerian teams, Balarabe Ahmad and Obanishola Sofiat beat Babatunde Bankole and Taofiq Romoke 2-1 (21-18,17-21). However, the Nigerian team lost the boys and girls singles final.
President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Orbih commended the team for the feat and noted their win would help encourage young kids to take to badminton. He stated the team showed discipline throughout the event and were great ambassadors of the country.
The newly-elected Second Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) said that the BFN would continue to bring up programmes that would enhance development of the players at all levels.
“I must commend the team for this achievement. They have done well and we will continue to encourage them by providing the necessary support for them to excel. I am sure that we are already on the track in our quest to grow our talent base,” Orbih added.

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Barcelona Announce New Financial Boost

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Barcelona have announced they’re getting their finances on track.

 

 

Barca has issued an official statement communicating that it has received a stable triple B negative rating from the credit rating agency Fitch.

 

 

This is an important vote of confidence in terms of the club’s image. It is worth remembering that the club has already reached an agreement with the American investment fund Goldman Sachs, which has loaned the club 500 million euros.

 

 

The same fund already injected 90 million euros into the club during Josep Maria Bartomeu‘s presidency, with said loan conceived to aid the development of the Espai Barça project.

 

 

In a statement, the club announced:

“The sporting and financial project of the new FC Barcelona board of directors has received a vote of confidence in receiving a stable triple B negative credit rating from the credit rating agency Fitch.

 

 

“The credit rating agency gives a triple B rating to companies that are satisfactory at the time of rating, just as has happened to FC Barcelona after their assessment.

 

 

“With this BBB stable negative rating the Fitch agency values positively the Club’s financial project, which will have to undergo important readjustments to balance books.

 

 

“The confidence shown by Fitch allows the Club to look to the future with optimism and at a moment when the organisation is adjusting is financial viability plan as well as its strategic plan.”

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Gerrard Frustrated With Liverpool Links: I Don’t Welcome It, I Don’t Add To It…

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Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard does not welcome the speculation linking him with replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

 

 

The Reds legend is consistently linked as a future replacement for Klopp, who is expected to leave Anfield when his contract expires in 2024.

 

 

But Gerrard is unhappy about the speculation as he is “very happy” in Glasgow.

 

 

Asked about the constant links to his old club and England, Gerrard told ESPN: “I can’t control any media speculation about my position.

 

 

“I don’t welcome it, I don’t add to it. All I do is focus on the job I have here and I’m very flattered and grateful for the position.

 

 

“I’m very happy here, I’ve said it on numerous occasions, it’s a huge club, I’m settled, I’m happy and I can continue to develop and keep trying to push this team forward.”

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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria Leads Countries With Highest Figure Of Banned Athletes

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Ten athletes from Nigeria have been banned from participating in the Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

While the names of the affected athletes were not released, a statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), revealed that a total of 18 athletes have been declared ineligible, with Nigeria being the most affected.

 

According to AIU, the 10 athletes from Nigeria failed the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15.

 

 

“Under the framework of Rule 15 governing National Federation Anti-Doping Obligations, which came into force in January 2019, National Federations are accountable for ensuring appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in their respective jurisdictions.

 

 

“Among other things, the Rule sets out minimum requirements for testing on the national teams of ‘Category A’ federations deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport.

 

 

“The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.

 

 

“For the year 2021, the seven identified ‘Category A’ National Federations are: Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Ukraine.

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