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Team Nigeria Departs For Buenos Aires With 17 Athletes

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Team Nigeria Departs For Buenos Aires With 17 Athletes

The 17 athletes chosen to represent Team Nigeria in seven sports at the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina departed for Buenos Aires yesterday hopeful of winning medals to enhance their chances of graduating into the main Olympics in 2020.

Team Nigeria will feature in athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, golf, table tennis and wrestling at the games, which will hold from October 6 to 18.

Shortly before their departure, the athletes were officially handed over to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) by the Permanent Secretary at the Sports Ministry, Olusade Adesola, who represented the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung at the event.

Adesola told the athletes that dedication and determination earned them the ticket to represent the country at the Youth Olympics in Argentina, adding, “some of you that were in the recent Africa Youth Games in Algeria will recall that over 300 athletes were in the team.

But now, just 17 of you were selected, and that goes to explain that the standard is real high in the Youth Olympics and the high level of competitiveness.”

Adesola cautioned the athletes to compete clean without using any performance enhancing substances in their quest to win medals.

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19 Year Old Defeats Oshonaike At National Sports Festival

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19 Year Old Defeats Oshonaike At National Sports Festival

Veteran Olympian Funke Oshonaike suffered another defeat at the ongoing 2018 national sports festival in Abuja when she was sent packing four-three in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles table tennis event by unknown youngster Nimota Aregbesola from Lagos state.

Oshonaike and another veteran player, Segun Toriola, representing akwa ibom state crashed out in the mixed doubles event to the team in the last eight.

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Morocco And Spain To Place Joint Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

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Morocco And Spain To Place Joint Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez says Spain and Morocco are discussing the possibility of placing a joint bid for the 2030 FIFA world cup.

The Spanish Premier has already held talks with Morocco’s King Mohammed the sixth about the same. If the bid were to be successful, it would present the possibility of one of the most interesting world cup showdowns ever.

According to the Spanish Prime Minister, the bid would involve Portugal as well. The first joint hosting of the world cup was in 2002. The tournament was hosted by Japan and South Korea, for the first time in Asia.

This will not be the first joint hosting bid by three countries. The 2026 FIFA world cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr wants top friendlies to prepare his team for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles are already qualified for the tournament with a game to spare, and Rohr is hopeful that the team will be kept busy with at least three grade a matches.

The Super Eagles have won the AFCON three times, but they are only back in the tournament proper in four years after they failed to qualify for the last two editions in 2015 and 2017.

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