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AFN: Nigerian Athletes Not At Risk Of Missing Tokyo Olympics



The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has debunked as misleading a report in a national daily that Nigerian athletes risk missing out of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan because of the addition of Nigeria to the highest category (A) of nations having the highest doping risk to the sport.
Rule 15 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules sets out the National Federations’ anti- doping obligations. The purpose of the rule is to ensure that Member Federations have clear anti-doping obligations, play a greater part in ensuring a level playing field and elevate the overall standard of integrity in athletics.
Under the rules, National Federations are categorised annually by the Athletics Integrity Unit Board in three different categories — A, B and C — according to the level of doping risk to the sport. (Category A having the highest doping risk to the sport and Category C the lowest).

AFN President, Honurable Olamide George says Sunday Adeleye, a former member of the board of the federation who was erroneously addressed as the technical director of the AFN in the story was only looking for relevance by rehasing an old story.

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“The addition of Nigeria to the A category was done in March this year and both the AFN and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development have made appreciable efforts to ensure compliance with the relevant anti-doping rules. I am shocked the newspaper failed in its duty of reporting all sides to the story. Adeleye should have been asked what efforts did the AFN make while he was there as technical director,” said George who revealed that the AFN did not have an anti-doping department and head until this year when the board met in January and named Professor Ken Anugweje as head of the committee.
“This is one of the basic requirements set out in Rule 15.The AFN (and not the Sports Ministry) is expected to ‘appoint one person as primary contact for the Athletics Integrity Unit with authority over anti-doping matters. Rule 15 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules is clearly about the obligations of member federations (the AFN in this case) and Adeleye should have ensured he understands the rules before coming out to raise false and unnecessary alarm,” George added and assurred that Nigerian athletes will be in Tokyo next year at the Olympics.
“I am glad the story has been able to reveal Adeleye’s lack of capacity when he served as the technical director of the AFN. If he understands World Athletics anti-doping rules, he would have known that the categorisation does not mean suspension of Nigeria as a nation but only of athletes who did not go through the necessary anti-doping procedures prior to the start of the Games in Tokyo. He would have also known that international elite athletes like Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume, Divine Oduduru and a few athletes who have qualified for the Games are in the international testing pool and get tested regularly while competing in the international circuit. In fact, the National Anti-Doping Committee (NADC) has confirmed that Brume, Amusan and majority of the foreign-based athletes have been tested several times this year,” said George who expressed shock that Adeleye is blaming the Sports Ministry for his inefficiency and that of his boss when they were at the helm of affairs at the federation.
“One of the obligations expected to be fulfilled for example is that ”athletes selected in national team for the Olympic Games and World Athletics Series Events and Athletes’ support personnel under National Federation’s jurisdiction are subject to mandatory education programmes on main antidoping issues’. How is this the business of the Sports Ministry? Rule 15 of World Athletics anti-doping rules is clearly about AFN obligations in ensuring compliance. The Sports Ministry’s efforts are just complementary.”
Beyioku also debunked Adeleye’s claim of interference by the Sports Ministry, the biggest sponsor of the federation.
“I think he needs to look at his dictionary for the meaning of the word, interference. Did the Sports Ministry interfered when he and Ibrahim Gusau signed a kitting contract with equipment and sportswear giants, PUMA without the knowledge and consent of the board and particularly the Secretary General who the federation’s constitution made its chief administrative and accounting officer? Did the Sports Ministry direct that monies meant for the federation should be paid into Adeleye’s business account (Dynamic Sporting Solutions)? Adeleye’s reign as AFN technical director only brought international disgrace to Nigeria as witnessed at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, the World Championships in Doha, Qatar last year and at the African Games in Rabat, Morocco also last year.
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Four Players, President Of Brazilian Club Palmas Killed In Plane Crash


Brazilian club Palmas FR have announced that their club president Lucas Meira and four players have been killed in a plane crash.
The players and president were travelling in a light aircraft to Goiania where Palmas were due to play Vila Nova on Monday in the Copa Verde.
However, the plane crashed shortly after taking off.

Meira, along with players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, all died.

The pilot was also killed.
A club statement said: “Palmas Futebol e Regatas hereby announces that at around 8:15am on this Sunday, 24th, there was an air accident involving the president of the club Lucas Meira, when he was taking off to Goiânia, for the match between Vila Nova x Palmas
“The plane on which Lucas was with [pilot] Wagner and athletes Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noé, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, took off and crashed at the end of the runway of the Tocantins Association of Aviation.
“We regret to inform you that there are no survivors.
“In this moment of pain and dismay, the club asks for prayers for the relatives to whom it will provide the necessary support, and emphasises that in due time it will speak again.”
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FA Cup: Manchester United Floor Liverpool In Pulsating Fourth-Round Tie


Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-2 in a thrilling FA Cup fourth round tie at the Old Trafford on Sunday night.
Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead with a sublime finish In the 18th minute.
Mason Greenwood equalised for the home team eight minutes later following a sweeping move.

Marcus Rashford completed the turnaround when he put Manchester United ahead for the first time three minutes after the break but Salah restored parity two minutes before the hour mark.

The game was decided by a sublime Bruno Fernandes free kick 12 minutes from time.
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NPFL: Sunshine Stars, Nasarawa Utd Win Away; MFM Hold Abia Warriors


Sunshine Stars and Nasarawa United recorded away wins in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday, reports Completesports.com.
At the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Sunshine Stars beat their hosts Dakkada 2-1 in thrilling contest.
Sadeeq Yusuf directed his header into the net from Seun Olulayo’s corner kick in the 12th minute.

Jesam Edet equalised for the home team a minute after the hour mark.

Yusuf scored the winning goal in the 67th minute after another assist by Olulayo.
In Uzoro, Nasarawa United came back from a goal down to record a 2-1 win against their hosts Warri Wolves.
Uche Ihuarulam headed Wolves in front from a Jumbo Wisdom pinpoint cross in the 21st minute.
Silas Nwankwo equalised for Nasarawa United in the 63rd minute following poor defending by the home team.
The visitors netted the winner through Chinedu Ohanachom 12 minutes from time.
Heartland recorded their second win of the season edging out Akwa United 2-1 at the Okigwe Township Stadium.
Mfon Udoh poked the ball beyond Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the 34th minute following a pass from Seth Mayi.
Heartland rallied back through goals from Samuel Nnoshiri and Nduka Pasacal Eze.
Olawala Farayola scored a late winner as Kwara United beat FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 in Ilorin.
In another fixture, Rangers and Lobi Stars battled to a 0-0 draw at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu.
Abia Warriors were also held to a 0-0 draw by MFM.
FULL RESULTSHeartland 2-1 Akwa UtdKwara Utd 1-0 FC IfeanyiubahAbia Warriors 0-0 MFMRangers 0-0 LobiDakkada 1-2 Sunshine StarsWolves 1-2 Nasarawa Utd
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