France’s Riner Wins Record 10th World Judo Title

France’s Teddy Riner (white) competes against Belgium’s Toma Nikiforov during the Judo World Championships Open in Marrakesh on November 11, 2017. FADEL SENNA / AFP

French heavyweight judoka Teddy Riner claimed his 10th world title with victory at the openweight world championships in Marrakech on Saturday.

The 28-year-old from Guadeloupe notched up his 144th consecutive win by beating Belgian Toma Nikiforov in the final.

“The tenth is something symbolic, it’s the ten fingers, the two hands, it’s also joining the pantheon of the big names in sport,” said Riner.

Riner, who weighed in at 142kg, was far too good for his opponent, who usually competes in the -100kg category.

The Olympic champion claimed his ninth gold medal at the world championships in Budapest two months ago, having already become the most successful judoka of all-time with his eighth title in 2015.

He has not tasted defeat since losing in the final of the openweight championships to Japanese fighter Daiki Kamikawa in September 2010, and will now turn his focus back to his main aim of winning a third straight Olympic +100kg gold in Tokyo in 2020.


Nigerian Air Force Engages Personnel In Combat Sports

Nigerian Air Force Engages Personnel In Combat SportsThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has described physical fitness as the cornerstone of military combat readiness in confronting insurgency.

Air Marshal Abubakar stressed the need for personnel to maintain a high level of combat readiness, through constant training and keeping fit always.

He said this while addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at the opening ceremony of the Second Inter-Command Combat Sports Competition in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The Air Force Chief also emphasised the importance of capacity building through physical fitness in creating a secure and stable environment for development.

Not undermining the importance of physical fitness in preparing personnel towards discharging their constitutional responsibility, he tasked participants to always remain fit in readiness for the challenges ahead.

Also speaking at the event, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who was dressed in a military uniform, commended the Federal Government’s efforts in tackling insurgency.

Participants at the event were drawn from the NAF Headquarters, Abuja; Tactical Air Command, Makurdi; Special Operations Command, Bauchi; Mobility Command, Bayelsa; Training Command, Kaduna and the Logistics Command, Lagos.

Medals were awarded to winners in the combat relay race for men, as the Training Command, Kaduna emerged winners to pick the gold medal ahead of other commands.

The Air Force Commands are participating in seven sports including boxing, judo, taekwondo, swimming, obstacle crossing, combat race and shooting range.

Winners Emerge In North West Sports Commission Elections

Winners have emerged in the just concluded election of the North West Zone of the National Sports Commission (NSC).

A total of 14 associations were keenly contested with a serving member of the House of Representatives from Zamfara state, Rep. Aminu Gusau emerging as chairman Athletics Federation while Kabiru Balarabe, also from Zamfara, was elected Badminton chairman.

Mr Musa Nimrod from Kaduna state emerged chairman of the Volley Ball Association of Nigeria and Aminu Kurfi as Tennis chairman.

Other associations contested for include boxing, cricket, handball, taekwando, chess, judo, para soccer and karate.

Speaking to newsmen, at the end of the election held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, the North West Zonal Coordinator, National Sports Commission, Ademola Are charged the new officers to see their victory as a call to service.

London Olypmics:Shot putter Nadzeya stripped of gold medal for doping

Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus who won gold for her country in Shot Put event will come down in history of the London 2012 Olympics which ended yesterday as the first athlete to be stripped of her medal as she failed a dope test.

As it stands now, Silver medallist, Valerie Adams of New Zealand has been awarded the gold medal and Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia  the silver medal while fourth-placed Gong Lijiao of China was awarded the bronze.

According to the International Olympic Committee, Ostapchuk tested positive for the steroid metenolone, a test that was done on her a day before she was supposed to compete and following her win she also tested and both samples came out positive.

The IOC went to work by preparing a statement ordering the Olympic committee of Belarus to return as soon as possible the medal, diploma and medallist pin awarded to Nadzeya Ostapchuk in relation to the event.

The announcement came hours after the flame was extinguished at the closing ceremony with athletes and officials heading out of London. A day earlier, IOC President Jacques Rogge had proclaimed the fight against doping a success.

The Belarus team had already sent home hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan because of suspicions over a sample provided after his silver-medal performance at the 2004 Athens Games.

Besides Ostapchuk, only one athlete tested positive for a banned substance after competing. U.S. judo fighter, Nick Delpopolo was cited for traces of marijuana in his urine sample.

He blamed “inadvertent consumption” of food baked with the substance. The IOC disqualified him from seventh place in the 73-kilogram class.

Seven more were caught in doping controls conducted since the official testing period for the games began July 16. One of the seven competed in London before her test result was known.

The IOC had said this would be its most extensive Olympic anti-doping program. It took almost 6,000 urine and blood samples, including no-notice tests ahead of athletes competing.

Rogge cautioned that some samples are still being analysed and “we might hear something tomorrow or the day after. Hopefully not, but you never know.”

Syrian runner Ghfran Almouhamad tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine two days before her 400-metre hurdles heat. She placed eighth and was eliminated before the IOC disqualified her.

Until this latest turn of events, the London Games were set to end with medal standings in all 302 events unaltered by doping scandals.

Three Beijing events were tainted during the games, and two more medals were changed months later when a new test for the blood-booster CERA was introduced. The men’s 1,500-meter gold medal was stripped from Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain.

London Olympics: Saudi Female Athletes to compete

Much against its earlier stand of not sending female athletes to the Olympics taking place in London this year, the kingdom has decided to send its female athletes for the first time which will have a judoka,800m runner later this month and this information has been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani one of the females to represent Saudi Arabia will be competing in the +78kg category in judo.

Sarah Attar on the other hand will be glad to be the first ever woman to represent Saudi Arabia in a game of this nature after talks between the Kingdom and the IOC yielded positive result.

According to Sarah, the news is an appreciable one and she couldn’t hide her delight and so is the IOC as the body said it can’t wait to welcome these girls to London.

Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee made the decision to allow the females compete in London and it means the country will have male and female representatives in a game that will commence in a few weeks time.

In 1996 precisely the Atlanta Games, 26 nations failed to send female athletes with the figure gradually going down to just three at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Female participation in sports has long been a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia, where powerful clerics denounce women for exercising, saying it goes against their nature.

Attar, 17, said she was honored by the prospect of competing for her country at London 2012.

The conservative Muslim kingdom is one of the three countries, alongside Brunei and Qatar, never to have sent female athletes but the latter two confirmed earlier this year that their delegation would include women.

Brunei has entered Maziah Mahusin (athletics), while Qatar has entered Nada Arkaji (swimming), Noor Al-Malki (athletics), Aya Magdy (table tennis) and Bahiya Al-Hamad (shooting), who will also be her country’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

The IOC said the two Saudi athletes, invited by the IOC, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the official deadline of 9 July.