Brazil Deploys Troops in Rio As Crime Surges

Armed forces troops have been deployed throughout much of the city of Rio de Janeiro and surrounding areas as part of a plan to combat organized crime in Brazil’s second largest city.

Army troops carrying rifles and armoured vehicles were seen along bike paths and roadways around the city on Saturday after first being deployed on Friday. The air force and navy are also participating in the operation.

Brazilian President Michel Temer said the operation was aimed at “preserving public order” as the security situation in Rio continues to worsen.

Defence Minister Raul Jugmann warned dramatic results would not come easy and would not be seen from one day to the next.

The plan calls for the deployment of more than 10,000 troops and the government expects the armed forces to remain until at least the end of 2018.

House To Celebrate Nigeria’s Paralympic Team

House, Nigeria, Paralympic The House of Representatives has resolved to contribute the sum of 50,000 Naira each, to the Team Nigeria delegation at the Rio 2016 Paralympics as a token of their appreciation for an outstanding performance.

The resolution followed a motion sponsored on Wednesday by member of the lower chamber from Osun State, Representative Ayo Omidiran, at the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Representative Omidiran said the resolve followed the team’s emergence as the best from Africa at the Paralympic Games.

To also commend them, the House has invited the team to its chamber, as a mark of honour in celebration of their performance.

Setting Six World Records

Hundreds of Nigerians had converged on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja to welcome the Rio 2016 Paralympics athletes.

The acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Luka Jonathan, received the athletes on behalf of the Sports Ministry.

He thanked them for making the country proud by winning 12 medals in Rio Games which ended on Sunday, September 18.

The team won eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals, setting six new World Records in the process.

Rio 2016: Buhari Commends Nigeria’s Paralympic Team

Paralympics-Team-NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Team Nigeria for an outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

President Buhari commended the athletes for doing the country proud by winning 12 medals and setting new records, which made them the top-performing African team at the 2016 Games.

The President acknowledged the resilient spirit of the Nigerian Paralympic athletes, who were able to excel in the face of adversity.

He applauded the athletes for their tenacity, focus and determination, which has brought glory to the country.

The President also expressed gratitude to all the officials and trainers of the Paralympic athletes, who made sacrifices and persevered to fly the country’s colours.

Hundreds of Nigerians turned out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja to welcome the first batch of Rio 2016 Paralympics athletes who returned to Nigeria on Sunday.

Nigerian Paralympians Return From Rio

Rio Paralympics, Nigeria, ParalympiansHundreds of Nigerians turned out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja to welcome the first batch of Rio 2016 Paralympics athletes on Sunday.

The acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Luka Jonathan, received the athletes on behalf of the Sports Ministry.

Addressing the athletes, he thanked them for making the country proud by winning 12 medals in Rio Games which ended on Sunday.

The 12 medals won include; eight gold medals,  two silver and two bronze medals setting six new World Records in the process.

“We are celebrating you now because you have done this country proud. History was made with your victorious outing to Rio.

“We appreciate your individual and collective efforts which have placed Nigeria on a very prominent position on the medals table.

“I am happy that Nigeria has led other African nations in this Games,’’ he said, adding that a more elaborate event would be held to celebrate the Paralympians.

The assistant captain of the Nigerian team, Esther Oyema, said that she and her teammates were very happy with the welcome they received.

Blade Runner, Liam Malone, Beats Pistorius’ Record

Blade runner, Liam Malone beats Pistorius' record
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Blade runner, Liam Malone, has set a new record at the ongoing Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

The New Zealand national broke Oscar Pistorius’ 21.30 seconds best on Tuesday after winning gold in the men’s 200m T44 final in a time of 21.06 seconds.

“I wouldn’t be here without those blades in the first instance.

“I’m filled with gratitude to everyone who invested in me from the start,” he told Stuff news agency.

Malone’s coach, James Mortimer, admitted that he did not expect the new champion to break Pistorius’ record.

He said he always felt the 200m would be Malone’s best chance of winning a gold medal.

“After watching his heat I knew he was in pretty good form, especially with how relaxed he was.

“But watching it this morning, he just ran as well as he could and just executed everything as we planned and brought it home well,” he said.

The feat has earned Malone a second medal of the Paralympics while New Zealand got their third gold of the day.

The 22-year-old had won a silver medal in the 100m on Friday, losing out to Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock.

Paralympic Committee Releases List Of Athletes To Represent Nigeria In Rio

Rio Paralympics, Nigeria,The Paralympic Committee of Nigeria has named 23 athletes and six coaches that would represent Team Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games from September 7-18 in Brazil.

Nigeria will compete in only three sports where the Paralympic body says it has comparative advantage at the games.

These include athletics, power-lifting and table-tennis.

Six athletes made up of five females and one male would compete in athletic events while 14 athletes are to take part in power-lifting events.

Only three athletes will be representing the country in the Table Tennis games.

Some of the selected athletes are: Eucharia Iyiazi, Hannah Babalola, Lovina Onyegbule, Flora Ugwunwa, Lauritta Onye, and the only male athlete, Friday Aigbanbe, while Patrick Aieto and Adekunle Adesoji will be the coaches.

There are hopes that Team Nigeria will perform well as it did in the London 2012 games, where the team won won six gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Tactical Lapses Responsible For Loss To Germany, Says Abiodun Obafemi

Nigeria-dream-Team-in-OlympicsEx-Nigerian footballer, Abiodun Obafemi, has blamed the Nigerian coaching staff for the semifinal loss against Germany on Wednesday.

The defender said a wrong tactical approach was used in the match which was played at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“Well, I think we played against a formidable and better team,” Obafemi told Goal.

“The cohesion and the urgency was not there, until later in the second half. I was expecting the whole team, particularly the officials of the team to have studied the previous games of the German team.

“I watched the Germans with the team they played in the quarterfinal and expected the coaching crew would have studied them well and planned a better tactical approach.

“I believe we didn’t do our homework. I was expecting us to close-mark them but we allowed them to play freely and dictate the pace of the game.

“We made it too easy for them. I expected we should have won the game. I’m not really happy with the outcome because the approach was not right.

“I was expecting a do-or-die spirit from the boys. Yes there were couple of players who stepped up their game, but I did not see them show great desire and seriousness to win the game.

Goals from Lukas Klostermann and Nils Petersen shattered the Dream Team VI hopes for the gold and gifted the Europeans a place in the final against hosts Brazil.

Meanwhile, Nigeria, which has not won any medal in the 2016 Olympics, now prepare to fight for third place against Honduras after the North Americans were trashed 6-0 by host nation, Brazil.

Abiodun Obafemi was part of Nigeria’s Gold Medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics.

Rafael Nadal To Represent Spain At Olympics

Rafael Nadal, olympics, spainDespite injury concerns, Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he would represent his country at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner, who has suffered injury setbacks in the past few months, said he is ready compete in every category of the tournament in Brazil.

“After discussing it with my team, I have decided I will play everything that I can,” he said.

“We are here and practice has gone well – more or less. It’s not an ideal situation, there are always risks, but the MRI scan was OK.”

Nadal, 30, is scheduled to play doubles with Marc Lopez and mixed doubles with French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza.

Rio State Declares Olympics Financial Emergency

Olympics, Rio, Financial emergencyRio de Janeiro has declared a state of financial emergency and requested federal funds to help fulfil obligations for public services during the Olympics that start August 5.

Rio is expecting about 500,000 foreign visitors during the Olympics, which has coincided with Brazil’s worst recession since the 1930s and a political crisis that last month led to the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff.

Rio expects a budget deficit of over $5.56 billion this year as spending planned before oil prices fell outstrips revenue that is tumbling during Brazil’s recession.

Rio state’s debt has been downgraded several times.

“The state’s financial emergency in no way delays the delivery of Olympic projects and the promises assumed by the city of Rio,” Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Twitter.

He also underscored that legacy construction projects, with the exception of an 8.79 billion-real expansion of Rio’s metro that is expected to be finished just days before the Games open, are the responsibility of the city and that most have been completed.

The local organizing committee for the Games said that the state’s fiscal situation did not impact its actual running of the Olympics, which relies entirely on private funds.

While the majority of Olympic infrastructure costs have been spread across city, state and federal budgets, with some financing from private companies, the state is responsible for most day-to-day security and health services in Rio.

The financial pinch resulted in a 30-percent cut in the state’s security budget – just as Rio has seen a jump in homicides and assaults in recent months, raising concerns about safety ahead of the Olympics.

Pro Boxers To Feature At Rio Olympics – AIBA

Boxers, AIBA, OlympicsThe International Boxing Association (AIBA) has ruled that professional boxers will feature at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

The decision was made on Wednesday with 84 of 88-member federations voting in favour of AIBA’s proposal to amend the Eligibility Rule 13, J.

A total of 26 entry places for the Rio games can be earned at an Olympics qualifying tournament in Venezuela in August.

AIBA President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, has consistently pushed to extend the association’s influence over professional boxing, having already relaxed rules to allow paid fighters compete at the Olympics.

However, some professional boxers have criticised the decision to allow them box at the Olympics.

Former world champion, Carl Frampton, described amateur and pro boxing as two different sports, explaining that it was like “a badminton player playing tennis”.

The BBC also quoted former Welterweight and Light-Welterweight World Champion, Ricky Hatton, as saying: “Can’t say I’m a fan of this”.

Zika Virus: Andy Murray To Seek Advice Before Olympics

Andy Murray, Olympics, Zika VirusWorld’s number two, Andy Murray, says he will seek medical guidance on the Zika virus before travelling for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

According to Murray, his decision was as a result of recent alarms raised by prominent scientists that it was “unethical” for the summer Olympics and Paralympics to take place.

The 29-year-old British number one told BBC that he would speak to a couple of doctors about Zika and see what their advice would be.

“I plan on playing for sure but don’t know the exact situation there now.

“I need to get a little bit more information first before making a decision,” he said.

The International Olympic Committee has said it sees no reason to delay or move the Games because of the mosquito-borne virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.Andy Murray, Zika

The global health body said that the call would “not significantly alter” the spread of the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache which normally last for 2-7 days.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available. The best form of prevention, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is protection against mosquito bites.

The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

Athletics: Nigeria Loses Peter Emelieze To Germany

Peter EmeliezeNigeria has lost the services of one of its athletes following Peter Emelieze’s successful application for transfer of allegiance to Germany.

The sprinter is based in Germany for several years now and runs for club side asv cologne.

Emelieze officially became a German citizen in January 2016, and now possesses dual citizenship of both countries.

He ran the 60m at the German indoor championships in February where he finished 3rd with a time of 6.69s.

Emelieze’s eligibility to compete for Germany took effect from April 23, 2016, meaning he will most likely represent the country at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Peter Emelieze reached the semi-finals of the 60m event at the 13th and 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha (2010) and Turkey (2012) representing Nigeria.

He represented Nigeria ‎at both the junior and senior levels.