African Runners Dominate Annual Race In Sao Paulo

sao-silvester-road-raceAfricans once again dominated the Annual Sao Silvester Road Race in Sao Paulo with Kenyan Jemima Sumgong setting a record in the women’s race and Ethiopian Leul Aleme winning the men’s race.

Sumgong, who won both the London marathon and a gold medal at the Rio Olympics earlier this year, finished the 15 Kilometres race in 48 minutes and 35 seconds.

With a final sprint, Aleme finished in 44 minutes and 53 seconds, edging out fellow Ethiopian Dawit Admasu and Kenyan Stephen Kosgei, who finished second and third, respectively.

Some 30,000 runners from 42 countries took part in the traditional New Year’s eve race through the streets of Brazil’s largest city.

What Reps Told Sports Minister About 2016 Budget Spending

What Reps Told Sports Minister About 2016 Budget SpendingThe House of Reps Committee on Sports says it will not consider the 2017 budget unless it is given a detailed presentation of how the 2016 budget was spent by the Ministry of Sports.

The House Committee took this position following allegations from different federations in the Sports Ministry regarding the disbursement of funds.

As part of its duties in ensuring the implementation of the 2016 budget, the House committee met with the Minister of Sports and officials of the ministry on Friday.

The meeting also sought to tackle pending issues such as the allegations against the Ministry of Sports regarding the disbursement of funds to the various sports federations in the ministry as some of them are yet to receive allocations as stated in the 2016 budget.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, said that he was not aware of such allegations and that putting up a defence would be injustice to the Sports Ministry.

The Minister also touched on funding for the Rio 2016 Olympics and the challenges faced by the Ministry.

A member of the committee, Danburam Nuhu, observed that the ministry ought not to spend beyond the funds approved by the National Assembly.

As the debate rounded off, the chairman of the committee, Bukar Lawal, said that the Minister would have to face the committee again on another day.

Committees are also expected to complete work on the 2016 budget as soon as possible as the 2017 budget proposal is already before the National Assembly.

Usain Bolt, Mo Farah Make Final IAAF Shortlist

Usain Bolt, Mo Farah Make Final IAAF ShortlistTriple world and Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt has been named in the final shortlist for 2016 men’s athlete of the year.

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) confirmed that the Jamaican sprinter star will slug it out with 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion, Mo Farah and South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk who the 400m gold at the Rio Olympics.

Bolt, a five-time former winner of the award, became the first person to win three consecutive 100 and 200 meters Olympic golds in Rio de Janeiro in August.

He also holds the world records in the two disciplines, 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively.

In the women category, Rio Olympics 10,000m champion, Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia will battle for the top prize with Rio 100m queen, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and double Olympics hammer throw champion, Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland.

Thompson matched Bolt’s feat by also winning the 100m and 200m golds in Rio.

Ayana broke a 23-year-old record to win the 10,000 meters after clocking 29:18.45 at the Rio Games where she also took the bronze in 5,000 meters.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland also made the women’s list after retaining her hammer title in Rio.

The award is slated to hold on December 2 in Monaco, France.

Iheanacho, Mikel, Musa Make CAF Award 30-Man List

Iheanacho, Musa, Mikel, CAFNigerian stars, Kelechi Iheanacho, Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa are among 30 players nominated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the 2016 African Footballer of the Year.

This is Iheanacho’s first-ever nomination for the continent’s top individual honour after a successful season with Manchester City in the English Premier League.

The 20-year-old striker has also established himself at full international level after he has represented Nigeria at U-17 and U-20 levels.

Chelsea midfielder, Mikel inspired Nigeria to win bronze at the Rio Olympics, while Ahmed Musa has shone at Russian champions, CSKA Moscow before his big-money move to Leicester City.

Rio Paralympic: Nigeria Wins First Medal

Rio 2016 ParalympicTeam Nigeria has won its first medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Latifat Tijani lifted 106kg to win silver in the women’s 45kg powerlifting event.

The Nigerian lifter had made a bright start, entering the competition with 101kg and breaking the existing Paralympics record. But her record was short-lived, as China’s Dandan Hu set a new one of 102.

Both lifters entered into a more interesting contest, but the Chinese had the upper hand, setting a new World and Paralympics record with 107.0 to finish tops

Great Britain’s Zoe Newson got bronze with 102kg.

Nigeria Declares State Of Emergency On Sports

Solomon Dalung, Nigeria, SportsAs part of efforts to arrest the dwindling fortunes in Nigeria’s sports sector, the Federal Government has declared a state of emergency on sports.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, made the declaration in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The announcement was made on Thursday shortly after the Minister received the report on the Olympic Games presented by the Sports Reform Committee.

Mr Dalung said Nigeria’s dismal performance at the Rio Olympics necessitated the declaration of a state of emergency on sports.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Godwin Kienka, advised the government to implement the recommendations of the committee.

He added that Nigeria never prepared for success at the Olympic Games.

Dalung Says Siasia Has Not Resigned, Gernot Rohr’s Appointment Unofficial

Solomon Dalung, Samson Siasia, Gernot RohrThe Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, says he has not been officially informed of the appointment of a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The NFF had in early August, appointed a German, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Eagles, despite Mr Dalung’s preference for a local coach.

He claimed that Coach Samson Siasia, who led the Nigeria’s U-23 football team to win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, had not resigned, contrary to media reports, although his contract with the NFF had lapsed.

Siasia had told reporters that he had on August 27 resigned as the coach of Nigeria’s U-23 football team because of what he describes as “a disrespectful system”.

Mr Dalung’s frowned at the treatment meted to Siasia by the NFF, alleging that they withdrew his official car in Abuja while he was battling to secure a medal for Nigeria in Rio.

While hinting that he had met with Siasia on Monday, he said Nigeria needed him ‎in football development.

Samson Siasia
Coach Samson Siasia

The Sports Minister further pointed out that even if the NFF would not re-engage him, the Federation should at least, give him some peace of mind to enable him make his contributions in a personal capacity.

He noted that it would be sad to have such coach leave Nigeria for another country out of frustration, just like many athletes did as witnessed during the Rio Olympics.

Abysmal Outing Of Team Nigeria

Dalung also cleared the air on the $390,000 donation to Siasia and his team by a Japanese surgeon, saying that after he met the donor in Rio, he was convinced there were no strings like match-fixing attached to the donation.

He attributed the abysmal outing of the Nigerian Olympic contingent to late release of funds and inability to develop home-grown talents.

The Minister emphasised the need for the National Sports Commission which he said was unfortunately scrapped by a government committee that recommended merger of ministries.‎

He was at the State House on Tuesday in Abuja to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s outing at the ‎just concluded Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Since Team Nigeria were able to win bronze medal in football, Mr Dalung urged the President to host the team.

Dream Team Win First Medal For Nigeria In Rio

Nigeria-dream-Team-in-Rio-OlympicsThe Dream Team VI on Saturday won Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Olympics.

The football team, led by John Mikel, defeated hard-fighting Honduras 3 – 2 to clinch the bronze medal at the Olympic Games.

Sadiq Umar scored a brace with Aminu Umar also getting on the score sheet before the Central Americans fought back to take the game to 3-2.

They were earlier denied a place in the finals when they lost 2 – 0 to Germany while Brazil also beat Honduras 6 – 0.

The African Champions have so far, won three medals in their Olympics history.

They won gold in Atlanta 1996, Silver in Beijing 2008 and now have a bronze medal in Rio 2016.

Rio Olympics: Dalilah Muhammed Wins 100th Medal For USA

Rio Olympics, usa, Dalilah Muhammed, gold medalsDalilah Muhammed of the United States has the country’s 100th Medal in the Rio Olympics after her dominating performance in the 400 metres hurdles.

Muhammed led the race from start to finish to claim the gold medal in 53.13 seconds and complete a US double in the men and women’s 400 metres hurdles event.

Denmark’s Sara Petterson took silver with a new national record of 53.55 seconds ahead of American Ashley Spencer.

However, on day 13, the United States still dominate the overall medal table with 35 gold, 33 silver and 32 bronze while in second, Great Britain has 22 golds, 21 silver and 13 bronze.

China, Germany and Russia completed the top 5 with 58, 32 and 44 medals respectively.

Olympic Soccer: Germany Thwart Nigeria’s Hope For Gold

Nigeria-U-23-Olympic-Germany-Dream TeamDream Team VI have failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics finals as they lost 2 – 0 to Germany on Wednesday night.

The Germans got the winning edge over the Nigerians with an early goal from Lukas Klostermann.

Efforts by Coach Samson Siasia’s boys to level the score were unsuccessful as the first half ended 1 – 0.

The Nigerians seemed more prepared to fight for the finals ticket in the second half as they came out stronger than they were earlier.

However, Germany’s Nils Petersen truncated the hope of the Dream Team with his 89th minute goal.

The Germans would contend for the championship title with host country, Brazil who beat Honduras 6 – 0.

Rio Olympics: Dalung Drums More Support For Team Nigeria

Team Nigeria, Solomon Dalung, Rio OlympicsThe Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, has called on Nigerians to keep supporting their team at the Olympics.

With hopes of winning a medal looking bleak, Mr Dalung said Nigerian athletes have not done badly at the games.

The Minister drummed support for Team Nigeria during an interview with Channels Television in Rio.

He said that the event has brought lessons that would be useful in the development of sports in Nigeria.

The appeal comes as the Dream Team VI prepare for the semi-final clash against Germany, to contend for a place in the finals of the football competition at the Olympic Games.

The U-23 team finished first in Group B despite their 2 – 0 loss to Colombia, but beat Japan and Sweden 5 – 4; 1 – 0 respectively.

They proceeded to the semi final of the competition after defeating Denmark 2 – 0 in the quarter final.

The Semi-Final match is expected to take place by 8PM Nigerian time.

The Nigerian team, led by John Mikel, are playing with high-spirits with the hope of replicating the Atlanta ’96 feat, led by the legendary Nwankwo Kanu.

Rio Olympics: USA Dominate Medal Rankings On Day 11

Rio Olympics, olympic games, brazil, usaThe United States are still leading the medal table on day 11 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Team USA have so far won 75 medals comprising 26 gold, 23 silver and 26 bronze.

They are closely trailed by Great Britain with 16 gold, 17 silver and eight bronze medals.

China are third with 15 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals while Russia are forth with 11 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals.

Completing the top five in the games that will end on August 21 are Germany with nine gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.