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Okowa Emerges New AFN President



Tonobock Okowa, chairman of Delta state Athletics Association has been elected President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
Okowa who was the sole candidate for the position of President polled 41 votes (three voided) and was duly returned as the president of the AFN by the chairman of the AFN Electoral Commission, Mr Elias Gora, former General Secretary of the Nigeria Olympics Committee and former World Athletics lecturer and course director.
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In his acceptance speech, the new AFN president says he will work assiduously to bring peace within the athletics family so that.

“We all can keep the family as a unit to take the sport of track and field to greater height.”

He promised to make the welfare of athletes and coaches his number one priority.
“I want to assure all athletes and technical officials that their welfare will be top on my list and that of the entire board of the AFN.”
Sydney 2000 Olympics 4x400m gold medalist, Tafida Gadzama was elected the first vice president.
He polled a total of 43 votes and in his acceptance speech promised all athletes and technical officials a new dawn.
Another former Nigerian international Rosa Collins was elected the second vice chairman.
Collins, the 1995 African Games triple jump champion and former African record holder in the event polled 42 votes.
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Enyimba Stand By Banned Captain Austine Oladapo



Enyimba has backed their captain Austine Oladapo following his one year ban by the Confederation of African Football, reports Completesports.Com.
The midfielder was suspended by CAF this week after he tested positive for a prohibited steroid ( Prenisolone/Prednisolone).
In a statement, Enyimba have now declared their support for the professionalism of their captain.
“We received a letter from the Confederation of African Football informing us that our player, Austin Oladapo, has been suspended for twelve months for failing a doping test,”reads the statement signed by club chairman Felix Anyansi Agwu.
“According to the letter, as well as previous correspondences on the issue, Oladapo’s urine sample, taken after the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first leg against Pyramids FC on May 16, 2021, tested positive for the banned substance Prednisolone.

“While we have been given the option to appeal the decision, it is pertinent to first clarify that as a club, we have a strict code of conduct that shows zero tolerance to hard drugs or any banned substance. That is why there had never been any record of a positive doping test for any of our players, either in the domestic or international competitions.
“It is also important to state that the player in question is a true professional who strongly upholds and has always abided by the high standards of our club; and it was for this reason, alongside his exceptional leadership on and off the pitch, that he was chosen as captain of our team.
“We are therefore convinced that a player who over his four years with us has shown such an exemplary level of moral and professional discipline could not have knowingly taken the said substance.
“Also worthy of note is the fact the player has had a clean doping record, having been subjected to tests on previous occasions in CAF Competitions – CARA Brazzaville vs Enyimba (2018) and the 2018 CHAN in Morocco. On both occasions, the tests returned negative.
“As we already pointed out in our communication to CAF, Oladapo, before the game against Pyramids, had been on preventive covid-specific treatment after being diagnosed with malaria with bronchitis. It was indicated in his medical report, which was also attached to our letter to CAF, that “some of the treatment given in this regard are steroidal and could reveal prednisolone in his tribe sample test.”
“Although we have not been made aware of the percentage of the substance concentration in his urine, we believe that any trace of it would have resulted from the prescribed medication.
“In following this matter, Enyimba FC will consider all available options, but will in the meantime continue to stand with and defend our star midfielder, who over the years has shown exceptional discipline and character worthy of our revered captain’s armband.”
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AFN Appoints Prof Anugweje Head Of Its Medical and Anti- Doping Commission



Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President Tonobock Okowa has announced the appointment of Professor Ken Anugweje as the federation’s head of its Medical and Anti- Doping Commission.
Okowa made the announcement Thursday in Tokyo after the federation took responsibility following the clearance by the Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, of 12 out of the 22 athletes registered for the track and field event of the ongoing Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan.
”The federation has taken this proactive step to avoid future occurrences by appointing Professor Ken Anugweje as the head of the Medical and Anti- Doping Commission of the Federation,’ Okowa said in a statement signed by him.
The AFN president assures that the federation has put in place appropriate measures to comply with Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules of World Athletics and explained why 10 of the athletes did not receive the clearance to compete at the game from the AIU.
”All our athletes resident in Nigeria and who qualified for the Olympic Games completed the three mandatory tests. Most of our top athletes resident in the USA also completed their tests,’ Okowa said in the statement and gives reasons why the 10 athletes, seven of whom are based in the United States of America (USA) failed to get the clearance needed.

”A few athletes in the American collegiate system were tested, but those tests were deemed not to have complied with WADA sample collection and analysis standards. It must be noted that no Nigerian athlete tested positive to prohibited substances.”
Okowa also assured that the 12 athletes cleared for the games are in high spirit and will strive to rewrite the unwanted records recorded at the last two Olympics when the team failed to win any medal.
Track and field athletes have won 13 of the 25 medals Team Nigeria has won in the history of the games with two of the three gold medals won by long jumper Chioma Ajunwa ( Atlanta 1996) and the men’s 4x400m relay team (Sydney 2000).
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Osimhen Is An Incredible Talent: Parma Coach



Parma youth coach, Francesco Turrini has tipped Victor Osimhen to go ahead and achieve greater things in his football career while also saying the striker is ‘genuinely incredible’.
Osimhen certainly appears to be ready for the new Serie A season which starts next month after the Nigerian striker made it five goals in two pre-season games for Napoli last weekend.
That is after he scored the match winner to help Napoli secure a slim 1-0 victory over Pro Vercelli in an encounter which was played at the Stadio Comunale on Saturday afternoon.
Parma youth coach and former Napoli midfielder, Turrini had only good things to say about the Nigerian forward.
“In front of the goal, he must certainly work and Luciano Spalletti is working on that,” Turrini told Canale 21 as per IlmioNapoli.

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