Governor’s South-West Badminton Championship Lights Up Lagos

Governor's South-West Badminton Championship Lights Up LagosThe inaugural edition of the Governor’s South-West Badminton Championship, which kicked off on December 7, 2016, continues Thursday, at the indoor hall of the Rowe Park sport centre, Yaba, Lagos state.

The four day badminton championship which is expected to be contested by a massive eighty eight (88) players from a number of categories, is being attended by free spirited fans and badminton lovers alike set to revel in the frenzy.

It would also include the country’s top 16 ranked players and two officials each from every participating state.

Completing the cast of participating players are: four male and female players from each of the south-western states for the senior category and two players (male and female) from the U15 level, as the competition also moves to improve grass-root badminton.

The competition’s sponsors, the Lagos state government, would also provide feeding and accommodation for all the invited players including the twelve coaches and twenty five technical officials on ground for the three-day badminton fiesta.

The prize money for the maiden edition of the championship would also follow similar ground breaking trend, as it takes a bold move to foster gender equality.

The singles event for both male and female categories would have winners cash away an incredible 150,000 Naira each, for the 1st position, while the 2nd and 3rd positions would be rewarded with 100,000 and 75,000 Naira respectively.

Also, the doubles category without doubt would be as well contested as the singles category with the 1st position, going with 150,000.00, 2nd with 100,000.00 and 3rd, 25,000 x 4.

The junior U15 classification will have plenty to cheer for when the four day championship ends as they would be heading home with badminton rackets, racket bags and plenty of the games materials to aid their progress and development.

With the Lagos State Badminton association grooming a young team of passionate badminton players, the 1st governor’s south-west championship provides yet the best test of their mettle on the court.

Perhaps for a few, it is Lagos versus the myriad of top-notch players which the country has to offer, while for others, it might be just another invaluable moment to enjoy the beautiful game of badminton at its best.

Argentina Name Edgardo Bauza As New Head Coach

Argentina FlagArgentina has appointed Sao Paulo manager, Edgardo Bauza has the coach of its national team.

This is according to the Argentina Football Federation (AFA).

“The appointment was announced by the acting President of the Federation on Monday, said Armando Perez.

“Edgardo Bauza was formalized as the new coach of the senior team. It was chosen by several features.”

The former Argtentine defender has won two Copa Libertadores titles as coach, one with Quito in 2008 and one in 2014 with San Lorenzo.

Serena Wins Record Seventh Miami Title

Serena WilliamsWorld number one, Serena Williams, cruised to 7-5 6-1 victory over Li Na to win the Sony Open and secure a seventh Miami title.

In a battle between the world’s two top players, the 32-year old continued her domination over the second ranked Li, needing two hours on centre court to run her record to 11-1 against the Australian Open champion.

With this victory, the American retained the crown she won last year and also her second title of the season.

“It was really important victory, especially against Li Na,” said Williams. “She started so well and if it hadn’t have been for the fans I don’t think I could have pulled through.

“At 5-2 down in the first set, I felt I had nothing to lose. I started to relax and, when I relax, I play my best tennis.”

China’s Li, the world number two, has not beaten Williams in six years and has lost 11 out of 12 matches overall.

This win in Miami is also her 59th career WTA triumph and extended her winning streak against top-10 ranked opponents to 15 matches.

Tanzania Beat Nigeria At World Cricket League In Malaysia

Nigeria Cricket TeamKhali Rehemtulla impressed for Tanzania as he got 3 wickets to help his team beat Nigeria by 10 runs at the World Cricket League division 6 taking place in Malaysia.

The East Africans made 216 runs in 48.3 overs while the West Africans posted 206 runs in 48.1 over.

This is Tanzania’s second victory at the tournament and Nigeria second defeat after losing their opening game against Jersey Island by four wickets.

Captain of Tanzania, Hamisi Abdallah, said they played the game with a different mind-set of qualifying to division four or staying in division five.

Nigeria’s coach, Ogbimi Uthe, gave credit to Tanzania for playing a good game and eventually winning.

He promised that his team would put up a good performance in the last game against Malaysia on Wednesday to enable them retain their division 5 status.

Jonathan visits Eagles during training at the National stadium

President Goodluck Jonathan  during his visit to the National stadium in Abuja on Wednesday urged the Super Eagles to work towards success in their game in Moronvia on Saturday.

The National Team are billed to play against the Leone Stars of Liberia in a qualifying match for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

They are currently undergoing training at the National Stadium in Abuja.

Jonathan encouraged the players to work hard to ensure they do well in the match and disclosed that he had already set up a special committee at the Federal Executive Council meeting earlier in the day to look at how the lost glory of the nation’s sports could be restored.

While calling for a re-enactment of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games where Nigeria won the football event, Jonathan said he believed that Nigeria could still win gold in that category and others at subsequent Olympics.

The President expressed his displeasure over the poor state of the stadium which was overgrown with weeds at the time of his visit.

He therefore ordered the management of the stadium to correct the anomaly immediately.

We are targeting five gold medals at Rio 2016 Olympics–Sports minister

With the failure of Team Nigeria to win any medal at the just concluded London 2012 Olympics, President Goodluck Jonathan is targeting five gold medals from the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Brazil.

The Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, disclosed this to Channels Television on Wednesday, saying “Mr. President believes if we start to work now we can win five gold medals in Rio in 2016.”

Calling for a deliberate but caution action on the overhaul of the sports sector,the Minister noted that we do not need a quick fix action, adding that the sports Ministry is about to outline a plan to get talented kids from across the federation for the forthcoming Common Wealth Games in 2014.

This he opines will be an appropriate build-up to the next Olympics in Brazil 2016.

“If we start to work towards that target, we may or may not meet it, but we must begin now to work towards it and believe it is possible,” Abdullahi said.

“It seems we’re under pressure now; everybody is angry and outraged. But we must resist the temptation for reflex action. We can’t just start doing things because we want people to see that we’re responding to stimuli. That’ll be wrong and won’t be sustainable.”

“What we need to do is to be very deliberate and conscious about what we need to do. There’s not going to be an easy solution, there’s not going to be a quick fix. What we’re talking about (emerged) from many years of decay and collapse. Whatever we do now, we must begin to show result in two years time. That is why it is very good for us that the Commonwealth Games will be coming up in 2014 and we can use that to re-launch for the 2016 Games.

“In Olympic term four years are nothing; we’re actually thinking of an eight-year plan. Some of the countries that did very well in London have already started preparing. We have to start now. We’re considering giving priority to sports that will give us the opportunity to excel and apportion our resources along those lines in short and medium term measures.