Senegal became the first country in Africa to get the nod to host an international world sports event like the Olympics following the announcement yesterday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the West African country has won the right to organise the fourth summer Youth Olympics.
The Nigeria rugby board which congratulated Senegal for getting the hosting right, said all hands are on deck to assemble a strong team that would pick the Africa ticket to participate in the rugby sevens event, which debuted at 2014 games in Nanjing.
Rugby sport is among the 32 sports at the 2018 Youth Olympics holding in Argentina.
Nigeria’s technical director, Williams Ntiense said the NRFF was poised to revamp rugby in the country, adding that the body would not relent in getting more youths to take to the game.
“Nigeria will surely send a team to the 2022 Youth Olympics to participate in rugby event if we qualified from the Africa process of selection.
“The NRFF is working hard to build a solid team from all levels to represent the country well in international engagements.
The Black Stallions was not listed for the 2018 Africa Rugby championship, which will take place in Tunisia because of the sanction placed on the board in 2017.
All the process for the countries that would take part in the event was done in 2017,’’ he said.
European Clubs May Boycott FIFA’s Club World Cup After Proposed 24-Team Expansion
FIFA have approved a revised 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021 despite top European clubs saying they would boycott the tournament.
The new competition is expected to include eight teams from Europe.
It will run every four years and take place from June to July in the slot currently used for the World Cup warm-up event, the confederations cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is happy about the development.
The club world cup is currently held every December and features seven teams from six confederations, but the competition is largely ignored by European fans.
Apart from eight European clubs, the new tournament would see six teams from South America, three each from Africa, Asia and North and Central America and one from Oceania.
It has been suggested each club could earn £50m by taking part.
UCL Quarter-Final Draw: Tottenham To Face Man City As Man Utd Get Barcelona
Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are the four English teams in the Champions League draw the other four teams are Spanish champions Barcelona, Dutch four-time winners Ajax, Italian champions Juventus and Portuguese champions Porto.
It is the first time since 2009 that four English sides are in the last eight of the Champions League.
The last English side to win the competition was Chelsea in 2012 although Liverpool made the final last season.
Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.
FIFA Bans Former Guatemalan FA President Salguero
Football governing body FIFA has banned Guatemalan Football Association former president Rafael Salguero from all football-related activities for seven years for bribery.
Salguero, a former member of the FIFA and the executive committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been found guilty of bribery in violation of FIFA code of ethics.
He was investigated for “various bribery schemes during the 2006 to 2014 period related to CONCACAF and FIFA competitions, as well as the illegal reselling of tickets for the FIFA World Cup.
Salguero is one of 16 high-ranking officials who have been indicted in the U.S. In connection with FIFA corruption scandals.
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