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ITF Enters Into Partnership With Sports Ministry To Train 23,000 Nigerian Youths

Frankie Omokhua As part of efforts geared towards helping Nigerian youths earn a living, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) have signed an agreement to train Nigerian Youths in various vocations. The agreement was reached following a working visit of the Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, to the ITF Headquarters in Jos on Monday. Reports say the training would provide opportunities for the Nigerian youth to become self employed. According to the ITF Director General, Joe Ari, a total of 23,000 youths would benefit in different vocational skills from the partnership with the Ministry. Ari restated the need for Nigeria’s youth to be well trained in varied areas of vocational skills, to enable them become gainfully employed...
Russian Federation To Be Expelled, If It Fails To Settle Unpaid Fine By August 15 – World Athletics
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Russian Federation To Be Expelled, If It Fails To Settle Unpaid Fine By August 15 – World Athletics

Frankie Omokua The global governing body for athletics, World Athleticsis set toexpel Russia’s federation, suspended since 2015 for having broken anti-doping rules, if it fails to pay a hefty fine before Aug. 15, it said on Thursday. Chairman of the taskforce overseeing Russia’s reinstatement efforts, Rune Andersen, said it had received a guarantee from Russian Sports Minister, Oleg Matytsin, that a payment of $6.31 million (4.85 million pounds), which includes a fine for breaching anti-doping rules, would be made before mid-August. The federation had missed the initial deadline of July 1. The expulsion, which would have to be approved by the World Athletics Congress, would lead to Russian athletes being sidelined from international competitions, including those who had previousl...
Russia Asks World Athletics To Postpone Decision On Possible Expulsion
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Russia Asks World Athletics To Postpone Decision On Possible Expulsion

Frankie Omokhua Russia's suspended athletics federation (RusAF) has asked World Athletics to postpone a decision on potential fresh sanctions or even expulsion. RusAF's troubles have snowballed in recent months, with some of its officials and senior coaches embroiled in doping scandals. The federation has been suspended for nearly five years over mass doping, and missed a July 1 deadline to pay millions of dollars to World Athletics as a fine for breaching anti-doping rules. The missed deadline prompted World Athletics to halt the process by which Russian athletes competing in a doping-free environment can be cleared to compete internationally as neutrals. World Athletics also said the taskforce overseeing the federation's reinstatement efforts was standing down until a mee...
Qatar Announces Plan To Bid For 2032 Olympics
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Qatar Announces Plan To Bid For 2032 Olympics

Frankie Omokhua Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, on Monday announced that it is interested in bidding to stage the Olympics, possibly in 2032. The Qatar Olympic Committee hinted that it submitted a request to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to join the phase of dialogue about hosting a future Games. The Oil-rich Gulf Arab nation is increasingly keen to host major sporting events, and has already welcomed world athletics championships, though scorching desert temperatures during parts of the year have caused some anxiety in the sports world. “It is this proven track-record and wealth of experience, along with our desire to use sport to promote peace and cultural exchange, that will form the basis of our discussions with the Commission,” Qatar Olympic Commit...
IOC Remains Fully Committed To Staging Olympics In Tokyo In 2021
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IOC Remains Fully Committed To Staging Olympics In Tokyo In 2021

Frankie Omokhua The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach, on Wednesday said the body remains committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely.   “We remain fully committed to celebrating Tokyo 2020 next year in July and August,” Bach told reporters in a conference call. “The first priority is above all the safety of all participants... For this reason we are working on multiple scenarios, as we don’t know the health situation one year from now”, concludes Bach
Carefoot Withdraws Allegation Against Tyson Fury Drug-Test Bribe
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Carefoot Withdraws Allegation Against Tyson Fury Drug-Test Bribe

Frankie Omokhua WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, had been accused by farmer, Martin Carefoot, of offering a £25,000 bribe to provide an alibi after a failed drug test. The farmer who claimed Tyson Fury offered him a £25,000 bribe to lie about his whereabouts during a positive drugs test has sensationally withdrawn his statement. Lancashire livestock owner, Martin Carefoot, had alleged that a member of Fury's team had offered the cash to provide an alibi for a failed test - the money was never paid. He signed two witness statements including one with a line which read: "I supplied a range of animal meats and offal to Team Fury, including wild boar and pigs". But, Carefoot revealed to the Sunday Times that he will no longer co-operate with UK Anti-Doping and ha...
More Troubles For Russian Athletics, As Federation Chief Resigns Amid New Doping Accusations
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More Troubles For Russian Athletics, As Federation Chief Resigns Amid New Doping Accusations

Frankie Omokhua Russia’s suspended athletics federation president, Yevgeny Yurchenko, resigned from his position on Monday as the federation faces new doping setbacks that could keep its athletes further sidelined from international competitions. Yurchenko, who had been in the position since late February did not state any reason for his decision. The federation has been faced with controversies in recent months, with some of its officials and senior coaches embroiled in doping scandals. Most recently the federation missed a July 1 deadline to pay millions of dollars to World Athletics, putting on hold the chances of its track and field athletes being able to compete internationally as neutrals. World Athletics had handed the federation a $10million fine for breaching anti-...
Europa League: Man U To Face Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir
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Europa League: Man U To Face Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir

Frankie Omokhua Manchester United will play Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League quarter-finals if they defeat Austrian side, LASK. United are in a strong position to reach the next stage of the competition as they hold a 5-0 first-leg lead over LASK with the second game still to be played. Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Sevilla or Roma if they progress in their tie against Olympiakos, which finished 1-1 in the first leg in Greece. The winners of those two quarter-final ties will then meet in the semi-final, meaning an all-Premier League contest in the final four could take place. A game against Inter Milan or Getafe awaits Rangers, but, they must overcome a 3-1 deficit against Bayer Leverkusen with the second leg to come in Germany. Th...
UEFA CL Draw: Man City Faces Possible Juventus Q-Final Meeting
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UEFA CL Draw: Man City Faces Possible Juventus Q-Final Meeting

Frankie Omokhua Manchester City will face Juventus or Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals if they knock out Real Madrid in their delayed last-16 second-leg tie when the competition resumes in early August. Pep Guardiola's side, who will learn the fate of their appeal against a two-year ban from UEFA club competitions for Financial Fair Play rule breaches on Monday, hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Madrid back in February. Chelsea, the only other remaining Premier League club left in Europe's top-tier competition, trail Bayern Munich 3-0 ahead of the return leg in Germany, with the winners drawn to meet either Napoli or Barcelona. RB Leipzig, who defeated Tottenham to reach the last eight of the Champions League for the first time, will meet Atletico Madrid whi...
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