The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, earlier today disclosed during its briefing in Abuja that restrictions on recreational parks and sport centers are now lifted.
In his words, “For recreational parks/communal sports, restrictions are removed on outdoor communal non-contact sports and the use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise, not for social interactions. For recreational parks that are unable to enforce this, we expected them to remain closed.
“For outdoor non-contact sports, this includes lawn tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, cycling, athletics, golf, polo, para-athletics, cricket and other non-contact outdoor communal activities, in the event that people are not certain, please contact the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for further guidance.”
This is certainly good news for athletes who have been training on unleveled grasses and various roads across the nation in the last five months. The last competition held in Nigeria was the Test the Track meet in March.
The Lagos Chapter of Track and Field coaches Association of Nigeria (TAFCAN) in conjunction with the LAGOS STATE ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION is set to hold her first meet since the lockdown in March.
The Meet has been scheduled to hold on the 18th and 25th November, 2020 at the Teslim Balogun Stadiun, Surulere, Lagos.
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For the dazzling performances by athletes at the Okowa Post COVID-19 Meet in Asaba held yesterday, November 6th, the Manager of Greyhound Sports Management, Sussex, Mr Oghenekaro Oboido decided to gift winners in the Sprint and some field events a cash prize of N10, 000 while 2nd place finishers get N5, 000 each.
Speaking with Athletic Heat, his motive is to encourage the athletes as the National Sports Festival is fast approaching. While he acknowledges that it was an impromptu giveaway, he however said he would love to extend to other events at subsequent competitions.
Grabbing a sum of N20, 000 is Jerry Jakpa who won both the 100m and 200m events with 10.55s and 21.13s. Other prize winners include Enoch Adegoke (10.60s) and Clifford John (21.67s) who finished behind Jakpa in both events respectively.
Top 2 in the women’s 100m, Grace Nwokocha (11.65s) and Joy Udo-Gabriel (11.77s) as well as Top 2 in the women’s 200m; Favour Ofili (23.60s) and Anita Taviore (23.95s) are also recipients of the cash Awards.
Pushing each other to jawbreaking PB’s in the men’s 400m, Atinaya Daniel (46.09s) and Sikiru Adeyemi (46.17s) will be partakers of the cake as they will be joined by their female counterparts; Nse Imaobong (53.16s) and Glory Patrick (54.46s).
Talented thrower, Princess Kara who smashed her previous Personal Best of 50.08m, won the event with 50.89m. It only shows that in no distant time and with more support she would comfortably top Africa. Nzube Zola also gets N10,000 for his Personal Best performance in the Men’s Triple Jump. He leaped 15.79m, his farthest in the last three years.
All winners will be contacted and duly paid.
Greyhound Pro Sports management is an athlete management company with emphasis on track and road running worldwide. Their foremost objective is to assist athletes to achieve their sporting aspirations and to maintain their financial capability.
They negotiate with event-promoter, assist in competition planning, coaching optimisation, contract and merchandising negotiations as well as traveling and all other administrative issues effectively for athletes around the world.
Big shout out to Greyhound Sports Management for their generosity.
The coronavirus pandemic hit the world early this year with various sporting activities coming to a halt across the globe and despite the commencement of Athletics events since July in Europe and America, for over 7 months Nigerian athletes haven’t been able to compete, for some, their stadiums are still locked.
But the ever sports loving Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa has decided to organize a one-day meet for athletes across the nation.
140 athletes across 21 events have been invited for the meet which will take place on October 27th at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
See below the list of invited athletes.
Interestingly each athlete is entitled to N30,000 transport subsidy and N5,000 for meal while all 21 events to get equal winning Prize.
1st– 100,000 2nd– 75,000 3rd– 50,000.
Arrival date is October 26th and departure Oct. 28th
There’s nothing as great as giving back and Nigeria’s top athletes are setting the ball rolling as regards giving back.
On October 9th, African Queen of the Athletics, Blessing Okagbare turned a year older and to celebrate her new age she launched the Blessing Okagbare Foundation which is focused on helping children, young adults and women.
On her Instagram page, she said,
“I have been making room for so many things around me and this right here is one of my most treasured project. I know today is my birthday and everyone might be expecting me to post pictures from photo shot, gifts and messages from people but the only thing I will be posting today is the The Blessing Okagbare Foundation that is finally ready for everything greatness, progress, support, growth, giving back, empowering and building. So, I am extremely happy and thankful to God that The Blessing Okagbare Foundation is here…🙏🏾🙏🏾 +1❤️. Today I am grateful for life and this initiative” she posted
Today, 16th October, the man behind the slogan “INeverExperredIt” launched his own foundation with the help of his Management Company, KS Management .
Divine took to his IG to share this,
“While Its been a journey with ups and downs but through God anything is possible and as he blessed me with the gift to do what I’ve done so far, I can only further extend that gift by sharing and being an inspiration others.” Divine stated.
His foundation objectives includes;
Share with others
Inspire and mentor the youth
Run annual training clinics for aspiring athletes
Visit schools, NGOs and other charitable organisations
He equally stated that there will be ways for fans to be active supporters of the foundation as more details will be shared soon. Follow and share as a foundation can impact so many lives.
Blessing Okagbare is the current African record holder in the 200m, she also holds the National 100m and 200m titles. In 2008, she won her Olympic bronze medal which was later upgraded to Silver after Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva was stripped of her medal. She won a Silver and Bronze at the 2013 World Championships while clinching double Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in a Games Record in the 100m.
Divine Oduduru is the National 200m record holder with his scintillating 19.73s at the NCAA last year. He is the reigning Collegiate sprint double champion and also holds multiple school Records at Texas Tech University. He is being managed by KS Management and sponsored by Puma and Visa.
Athletic Heat Ltd co-founder, Toluwani Adebakin launches an African-inspired apparel line which has two focal goals (i) Promote African designs in sports and urban apparel and (ii) Ultimately use profits from the line to support out-of-school children in Nigeria and then Africa.
In his words, “We are creating WAKA10 to give Athletes like me who like to look great and want to be noticed for our fashion sense an expression. So while we want to run faster and win, we also want to feel and look good and that’s why I am working to create Waka10’s distinctive African-themed sports and urban look.
“I grew up in Africa with its wild wonderful colours, and animals, delicious hot foods, bright colourful festivals and over the years as an athlete I’ve sometimes wanted to splash these wild wonderful expressions on sportsware so that as I mount the winners’ podium I standout in unmissable fashion. Now I have the opportunity to create head turning and unmistakable fashion fusions, that merge bright African forms and patterns onto mono-color sports fabric.” Toluwani stated.
South Plan’s Sophomore and Athletic Heat Co-founder, Ruth Usoro was at the Fearless Champions Meet hosted by Texas Tech University last weekend.
Usoro led the race from start to finish and posting a blistering 23.53s to commence her outdoor season. She is currently the leader in the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) over the 200m.
Her performance in the Indoors were very commendable ending the season with two silver medals in the Long and Triple Jump events while setting a Personal Best of 7.65s in the 60m.
At the Gold and Black Invitational which was held this weekend at Nashville, Tennessee saw a couple of Nigerian athletes compete in various events.
Cecilia Francis posted a third-place finish in the 100m with a time of 11.67 while finishing 7th in the 200m. She later teamed up with Edidiong, Caster and Mensah to secure the Silver medal in the Women’s 4x100m.
Isaac Odugbesan got the bronze in the men’s shot-put event after notching his best distance of 17.85m, in six passes. This is a progressive performance from Odugbesan who competed and the Yellow Jacket Invite two weeks ago where he threw a distance of 17.66m. Long Jump sensation, Edoki Fabian ran the 100m finishing 10th overall with 10.93s
Ekevwo Raymond helped his school, Florida University, secure the Gold medal in the Men’s 4x100m at the FSU Relays on Friday. He teamed up with Hakim Sani, Grant Holloway and Ryan to take the victory.
The 2019 National U18/U20 Championships which was held between March 16th-19th, 2019 at the Gateway International Stadium, Ilaro, Ogun State saw many athletes hit the standard set by the CAA for the 2019 African U20 Championships slated for April 16th-20th, 2019 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Commonwealth Games 100m finalist, Enoch Adegoke had the quickest time over the blue riband event as he notched an early Nigerian Lead with a time of 10.36s in the heat, he went on to win the final in 10.39s thereby inspiring Alaba Akintola (10.78s), Shedrack Akpeki (10.83s) to run under the 10.84s which was set as the standard for the Men’s 100m. While Bowo Egbeyemi (10.84) and Omubo Gershon (10.84) equalled the qualifying time. Youth Boys champion, Brume Godsome also hit the standard, running 10.81s to win the 100m event.
The troika of Nwokocha Grace (11.73s) and Rosemary Chukwuma (11.83s) and Asemota Marvellous (12.12s) all hit the 100m standard enroute finishing top 3 respectively in the 100m final. The standard set in the Women’s 100m is 12.14s.
Rosemary Chukwuma also hit the 200m standard running 24.32s to clinch the National title while Grace Nwokocha who finished behind running 24.46s which also surpassed the qualifying mark of 24.74s. Favour Okpepe ran faster than 21.74s to defeat the rest of the field to win the U20 Men final with a PB of 21.44s which qualifies him for the event.
Youth sensation, Favour Ofili who opted from the 400m at the trials ran a blistering 23.74s to win the Youth 200m final which also qualifies the African Youth one lap champion for the U20 Champs in Abidjan.
After hitting the standard in the qualifying round, dipping in a Persona Best of 48.30s, Obashola Olaolwa further extended his PB on his way to win the 400m Youth Final A. Obashola secured the victory with a scorching 47.37s which was even faster than the time Nsikark Okon (48.74) used in winning the Junior Category. The qualifying time for the event is 48.32s. Fatola Adedoyin (48.14) and Akhalu Victor (48.19) who finished top 2 in Youth Final B also hit the standard.
Nse Imaobong led the pack from start to finish in the Girls U18 event winning the final in 54.46s surpassing the 55.67s standard.
ECOWAS U20 Silver medalist, David Olowookere was the man to beat in the U20 400mh final. The crowd cheered the Kwara-based athlete as he came into the home straight, they chanted “Ororo” “Ororo” “Ororo”. The National Sports Festival Champion won the race in 52.88s and was the athlete to meet the 400m hurdles event.
Comfort James secured the 800m and 1500m victories but neither of the winning times hit the standard. The closest was her time in the 800m where she notched 2:10.45s. The CAA set 2:10.00 as the standard.
On the field
Onaara Obamuagun hopped, stepped and jumped into the pit in 12.40m which was good enough as the Triple Jump standard is 12.40m. Youth Olympics Long Jump finalist, Victory George was just 0.01m away from the qualifying mark with a distance of 12.39m.
Esther Isah cleared a height of 1.75m surpassing the Women’s High Jump standard of 1.73m while Erhire Best scared 2.00m and was shy 0.06m off the standard.
Hannah Kemele threw a distance of 44.45m to win the Gold in the Women’s U20 Javelin event while the qualifying mark is 44.50m. She passed the mark for the Women’s Shot Put as she threw 15.22m to take the Gold. The standard for the event was set at 12.90m
Nnamdi Chinecherem was in his own class as he threw a distance of 64.63m to secure the win in the Boys U18 Javelin event. The standard for the event sits at 61.50m. Ihemelu Victor finished 2nd with 44.65m.
PS: This isn’t the list of athlete who will represent Nigeria but a list of athletes who hit the standard at the National U20 trials held in Ilaro, Ogun state.
On Wednesday March 20th, 2019, the Nigerian Olympic Committee announced the list of Team Nigeria athletes granted an Olympic scholarship for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics. Out of 11 athletes selected from different sports, The trio of; Sprint Hurdles sensation & Commonwealth champion, Tobi Amusan, Glory Nathaniel and Samson Nathaniel were listed as beneficiaries from Track and Field.
We recall that prior to the Rio Olympics in 2016, the likes of Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Ese Brume were among the 12 recipients of the IOC Scholarship.
Tobi Amusan is the reigning African and Commonwealth Games champion over the 100m hurdles. The National Sports Festival Record holder in the discipline is also a finalist from the 2017 World Championships in London and also a finalist at the 2018 IAAF Diamond League 100mh final.
Glory Nathaniel won the Gold in the 400mh at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships. The Tai Solarin University graduate also represented Nigeria at the 2017 World Championships where she bowed pout in the Semifinal while reaching the final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Her brother, Samson, competed at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Champs were he got to the semis of the 400m. He was also at the 2017 World Champs with his sister, Glory. Samson represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Juniors in Oregon, and then the 2015 All African Games in Congo Brazzaville where he got to the semis. Glory on the other hand was at the 2015 African Junior Championships and won a Bronze medal in the 400m Hurdles
Reacting to this development, NOC President, Habu Gumel said;
“These 11 athletes were carefully selected out of the numerous applications from Nigerian athletes home and abroad. We would have wanted more slots, but we just had to make do with the available slots given to Nigeria by IOC,” he stated.
Speaking further about the preparations to the Tokyo Games, Hon. Gumel appealed to corporate organizations to support and sponsor Nigerian athletes to ease the burden on the Federal Government, sports federations and individual athletes as they prepare for the Tokyo 2020 games.
“Qualifying for the Olympics is capital intensive and without heavy financial backing, athletes and federations find it difficult to cope with. To train properly and even attend the numerous competitions which serve as qualifiers for the Olympics costs fortune.
“We cannot leave everything to government or federation presidents. We need more corporate sponsors to help us in preparing these athletes for major international competitions,” pleaded the NOC boss.
Other athletes on the list include: Aruna Quadri ( TableTennis), Odunayo Adekuoroye (Wrestling), Blessing Oborodudu (Wrestling), Adeniyi Aminat (Wrestling), Adesanmi Oluwatoyin (Weightlifting), Omotayo Olajide (Table Tennis) and taekwondo duo of Adamu Abubakar and Otuadinma Uzoamaka.
We are not certain how the list was selected bearing in mind Glory Nathaniel was sanctioned by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) late last year because of “Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Stanozolol) (Article 2.1)”
“A Provisional Suspension imposed in a non-doping case does not in any way abrogate the presumption of innocence and it is not an early determination of guilt. Rather, it is an order made on a precautionary basis to safeguard the interests of the sport,” AIU said on its official website.
Nigerian student-athletes at Middle Tennessee State University opened their Outdoor season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.
National Junior Shot Put Record Holder Isaac Odugbesan transited his magnificent performance in the indoor to outdoor as he claimed a first-place win in the men’s shot put notching a 17.66m distance.
Cecilia Francis posted an 11.84s to secure the 3rd position in the Women’s 100m. She later teamed with Edidiong Odiong, Castor and Mensah to finish 5th in the Women’s 4x100m stopping the clock in 45.89s.
While in the Men’s 4×100-meter Relay, Arinze Benjamin and Fabian Edoki alongside Hugle, Petty ran 42.01 to place 5th.
We recall that at the C-USA Indoor Championships in February, Odugbesan and Edoki both won Gold medals in the Shot Put and Long Jump respectively. Cecilia clinched the Silver in the Women’s 100m.