Nigeria’s hope of fielding more athletes in track and field at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is now dimmer after the IAAF approved new qualification system and entry standards for intending athletes.
IAAF says the council has decided to introduce a dual qualification system, combining both the entry standards and the new world ranking system to determine eligible athletes for 2020 Olympic selection.
Under the new qualification process, athletes can qualify for the Olympics by either achieving the relevant entry standard within the respective qualification period, or by virtue of their IAAF world ranking position in the selected event at the end of the respective qualification period.
Women’s World Cup: Nine Countries Show Interest In Hosting
Nine countries have expressed interest in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa have formally declared their interest.
A joint bid for the tournament could also be made by North and South Korea.
World football’s governing body, FIFA, says the deadline to submit bidding registration is the middle of April.
Olivier Giroud Banned From Driving For Six Months For Speeding
Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has on Tuesday been banned from driving for six months after admitting to speeding in his Bentley in his fourth offence in nine months.
The 32-year-old French international, who helped lead the team to World Cup victory, has been banned after he was caught driving at 60mph (97km/h) in a 50mph (80km/h) zone, 10mph above the speed limit in Willesden on 2 May 2018.
At Willesden Magistrates’ Court, Giroud was disqualified from driving after three penalty points were added to his licence, taking him to the 12-point limit. Neither the Chelsea star nor his lawyer was in court having admitted to the offence in November.
Super Falcons: Dennerby Invites 30 Home-Based Players Ahead Of World Cup
Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby, has invited to camp 30 home-based players for preparations as this summer’s Women’s World Cup Finals enter a new gear.
The nine-time African champions are scheduled to play two matches in Spain in the first week of April to further put themselves in shape for the finals. They have been to tournaments in China and Cyprus to prepare for the big global fiesta in France, playing six matches in all.
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