Concerned with the declining attention paid to the needs of the Sports Sector the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports sought partnership with the NESG on the need to reposition sports as a business and no longer a social service sector in order to make it more attractive to the Organised Private Sector.

Following a Consultative Meeting between the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sport Development Dr. Sunday Dare and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group after the just concluded National Economic Summit, NES #25, the Ministry and the NESG resolved to escalate the conversation on the need to institutionalise Sports as
a Private Sector led Industry in line with global best practices and the agenda to
develop youth-based vibrant sectors to drive the Nigerian economy.

Consequently, the Ministry consented to the plan to host the First Inter-Ministerial Technical Session on Sports Industry Development, scheduled to hold on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of November 2019 at the VIP Lounge of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja FCT, but for other logistical considerations, venue has now shifted to the NESG Office at Unity Tower, Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja.

This Technical session will for the very first time ever, bring together Seven (7) Ministers from selected key Ministries (Education, Information & Culture, Women Affairs, Industry, Trade & Investment, Finance, Budget & National Planning, Youth & Sports Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development) to brainstorm in Sector-specific Breakout Sessions, and harmonise cross-cutting, cross-sectoral issues with Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development significant impact on the development of a reformed and repositioned Sports Industry in the country.

The goal of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session is to develop a pathway for constant dialogue and engagement between the private and public sectors to chart a sustainable course for unlocking the potentials of the Sports Industry and enabling the development of the whole gamut of the value chain of sports.

Through this pathway, it is expected that the reform of the Sports Industry will contribute to the socio-economic indices of the Nigerian economy by increasing participation in sport, enabling the creation of jobs, promoting greater employment of youth, generating revenues from sport-related activities and targeting a GDP contribution of 2-3% to the Nigerian Economy within 5-10 years.

The outcome of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session and the proceedings of the breakout sessions will form an integral part of the ongoing reform process towards a new National Sports Industry Policy that will accommodate objectives of all stakeholders in the Public, Social Enterprise and Private Sectors for a vibrant Sport Industry, capable of contributing to the growth of the socio-economic indices of the
Nigeria Economy.

Federal Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Sunday Dare
photo credit: Sunday Dare FB

In addition to the Honourable Ministers of the Seven (7) Ministries identified above, the event is to also have in attendance, heads of their relevant departments and agencies as well as selected chieftains from various economic sectors, multilateral agencies, social enterprise organisations and experts in both academic and practice of Sports.

The Inter-Ministerial Technical Session is jointly hosted by the Ministry and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and is a part of the NESG’s Sports Industry Thematic Group 2019/2020 Work Plan. This is expected to dovetail into the National Sports Industry Policy Dialogue, which will be held next year as part of the events marking the National Sports Festival (Edo 2020).

JKF YOUTH CUP: Ekiti Is Ready… As Tournament Kicks off 22 November At Five Venues

The buzz and excitement generated by the eagerly awaited first edition of the John Kayode Fayemi U15 boys and girls football competition in Ekiti State, is indeed, infectious.

The competition which has received the official endorsement and support of Governor John Kayode Fayemi, as well as the Ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, is billed to kick off Friday, November 22, 2019.

According to the organising committee of the competition, the programmes of the youth football competition started with the screening processes held at designated venues in all the 16 local government areas between November 1- 10th, and with commencement of registration on the 11th of November 2019. While draws for the competition, seminar for team coaches and a national press conference will hold on 20th November, 2019.

The Chairman of the organising committee, Kolawole Owoseni, disclosed that the group stage matches will hold at five match venues across the state including Odo Oro High School, Odo Oro, Ekiti, Ikole local government; Ijero Township stadium, Ijero Ekiti, Ijero local government; Elo High School, Ayetoro Ekiti, Ido Osi, local government; Omuo Ore Secondary School, Omuo Ekiti, Ekiti East local government and Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti in Ado local government.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the competition, Ekiti State Football Association, have received a boost with a pledge of support from a foremost banking institution, Zenith Bank Plc. The agreement which would ensure the kids and officials taking part in the competition get the opportunity to open an account with the bank with loads of benefits will also see the bank providing some financial support towards the success of the football competition.

Akeem Busari

Rivers Hoopers pick NBA-FIBA Basketball League ticket

Rivers Hoopers have been crowned the NBBF President Cup champions after a resounding 97-57 points win over Raptors of Lagos in the final to book the only NBA-FIBA Basketball League ticket.

Ikechukwu Benjamin recorded 20 points, 1 assist and 3 rebounds on a night that the team under Coach Ogoh Odaudu got everything right.

The duo of Anthony Koko and Solomon Ajegbeyi scored 15 points and 11 points apiece.

Rivers Hoopers pick NBA-FIBA Basketball League ticket

Rivers Hooper’s Abdul Yahaya bagged the Most Valuable Player award as well as a place in the competition’s top five players of the tournament alongside Godwin David (Kwara Falcons), Gabriel Erameh (Niger Potters), Ginikachukwu Godspower (Raptors) and Ikechukwu Godwin (Rivers Hoopers).

Ebuka Innocent of Raptors bagged the Highest Rebounder award while Victor Anthony emerged Highest blocked shots winner.

Rivers Hoopers pick NBA-FIBA Basketball League ticket

Oyebanji Mustapha (Kwara Falcons) emerged highest scorer of the competition while the Highest three points award went to Ginikachukwu Godpower (Raptors)

Kwara Falcons are now the third best team in Nigeria after defeating Niger Potters in the third place game of the NBBF President Cup 78-77 points


Enyimba Football Club have sustained their strong start to the Nigeria Professional Football League season with a 3-1 win against Akwa United at the Enyimba Stadium this evening.

Austin Oladapo, Stanley Dimgba and Samson Obi scored for the People’s Elephant in a contest completely defined by an explosive opening half hour by the hosts to render Mfon Udoh chip late in the first half of little significance.

Samson Obi lit the early fire of the fixture with his outrageous pace, forcing Adewale Adeyinka into two saves in the opening eight minutes.

Oladapo in Action For Enyimba

The curtain raiser did come shortly after when a penalty was awarded after Austin Oladapo’s shot inside the box was blocked with an arm. The midfielder held firm to send Adewale the wrong way for his third strike in consecutive outings.

The Promise Keepers had the chance to get back into the game when Farouk Mohammed hacked down Mfon Udoh in front of the box, but Ifeanyi Ifeanyi wasted the freekick.

Stanley Dimgba, making his first appearance in four matches, made it two for Enyimba on the hour mark, picking a perfectly tailored pass from Cyril Olisema and slotting past Adewale.

Before the dust settled on Dimgba’s goal, Samson Obi got the third, finishing off a swift team move to put the game beyond the visitors.

Former Enyimba captain, Mfon Udoh capitalised on a defensive mix up six minutes before the interval to pull one back for the visitors with a delicate chip over Theophilus Afelokhai.

The visitors held more possession in the second period as they searched for redemption, but Enyimba remained resolute at the back and while trying to catch the visitors on the break.

Enyimba have now gathered seven points from the opening three games of the league, a tally only bettered by Plateau Untied who top the log with maximum points from same number of games.

The People’s Elephant will be away at Sunshine Stars in the next round of matches on Wednesday.

Two Nigerian Coaches Bag Fencing Masters Certificates

In what apparently indicates Nigeria’s commitment to reach its full potential in fencing, two of the country’s coaches at the weekend became certified fencing masters.

The two coaches, Oladipo Gabriel and Happiness Iroenyenwa, attended a year-long coaching course in South Africa.

The development is coming on the heels of IOC President Thomas Bach’s declaration that Nigeria can be a leading force in the sport after the German, who is a former Olympic fencing gold medalist, featured in a fencing display in Abuja, during his two-day visit where he commissioned the Headquarters of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) in the Nigerian capital last Thursday.

“Additional Fencing Masters are exactly what the federation needs to develop our fencers on the Olympic pathway. They will also play crucial roles in putting together a long-term development plan for our beginner fencers in all three weapons (Foil, Epee and Sabre), Nigerian fencing boss, Adeyinka Samuel, said.

Oladipo Gabriel recieving his fencing masters certificates from FIE officials in Johannesburg at the weekend

According to Samuel, who was a former top 100 ranked fencer in the world, the two coaches, in addition, graduated with a diploma in Sports Science from Eta College, Johannesburg as the course runs which concurrently with the fencing programs for a year was sponsored by FIE, the global governing body of fencing.

“The words of encouragement from the IOC President has really motivated us and we will strive harder to make sure that we reach our full potential in fencing,” Samuel said as he appealed to corporate bodies and well meaning individuals to support the various developmental programmes of the federation.

FEI President opens in-person Board meeting at FEI General Assembly 2019

FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened the first in-person meeting of the FEI Board at the FEI General Assembly 2019 in Moscow (RUS) with a vote of thanks to outgoing Board members and a particular vote of thanks to the Russian hosts.

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, posted a personal message on the Kremlin website welcoming the FEI President and delegates of the FEI General Assembly to the Russian capital for the first time.

FEI President opens in-person Board meeting at FEI General Assembly 2019

Persons whose terms of office have come to an end and who were personally thanked by the FEI President for their distinguished service include FEI Vice President H.E. Sheikh Khalid (BRN) and Chair of FEI Regional Group VII from 2006 to 2019, Sadyr Mamytov (KGZ), who has chaired Regional Group III from 2015 to 2019, Medical Committee Chair Dr Peter Whitehead (GBR) from 2009 to 2019), and FEI Tribunal Chair Henrik Arle (FIN) from 2011 to 2019. Betty Wates (JAM), who has chaired the FEI Nominations Committee since 2015, has also completed her four-year term.

The FEI Board, the body responsible for the general direction of the FEI and for all relevant matters not consigned to the General Assembly, held its meeting at the Hyatt Regency Moscow Petrovsky Park, venue for the full FEI General Assembly 2019.

FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2019/2020: Western European League Dalera and von Bredow-Werndl beat Weihegold and Werth

German riders claim top five places and dominate WEL leaderboard

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl was “over the moon” with delight after winning the third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2019/2020 Western European League on home ground at Stuttgart (GER) today. Riding the 12-year-old Trakehner mare TSF Dalera BB with which she claimed team gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon (USA) and individual Freestyle bronze at this summer’s European Championships in Rotterdam (NED), she produced a breathtaking performance to pin defending triple-champions Isabell Werth and Weihegold into second place.

The host nation completely dominated the line-up with Helen Langehanenberg, Dorothee Schneider and Benjamin Werndl finishing third, fourth and fifth. For von Bredow-Werndl this was a very special result.

““It’s like Christmas coming early!”

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER)

she said this evening.

Werth, winner with Emilio at the second leg of the series in Lyon (FRA) two weeks ago, looked set to march to victory once again after topping yesterday’s Grand Prix in which today’s winner had to settle for second place. But a couple of blips saw the legendary lady trailing her team-mate who set a massive target-score of 88.440 when second-last to go.

The Freestyle began with Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K putting 80.755 on the board, and this pair, who got the worst of the draw after finishing an uncharacteristic 11th in the Grand Prix, were still out in front with just five of the 15 starters – all of them German – left to compete.

Helen Langehanenberg demoted the Irish duo with a brilliant performance from her 17-year-old stallion Damsey FRH who danced up the centreline with foot-perfect tempi-changes to post 83.735. And when Dorothee Schneider and DSP Sammy Davis Jr slotted in close behind with 83.395 and Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror scored 80.900 then it was 2013 series champion Langehanenberg who was still in command with just two left to run.

But Benjamin’s sister, 33-year-old Jessica, turned the class on it’s head with a technically brilliant performance from Dalera that also sparkled.

“She gave me a feeling I’ve never had before! In Rotterdam she was already amazing but today it felt even lighter and easier. Every piaffe was amazing, every transition every passage and pirouette, every half-pass…..I’m so excited about our future now!”

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER)

“Nailed it!” Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl won today’s third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2019/2020 Western European League on home ground in Stuttgart (GER) with a brilliant performance from TSF Dalera BB. (FEI/Lukasz Kowalski)

As Werth set off with her last-to-go ride however it seemed only a matter of form that she would overtake her compatriot’s score. But Weihegold’s test wasn’t clean, and despite a confident one-handed passage to finish, their mark of 87.240 would only be good enough for runner-up spot. “I had super piaffe/passage but had two little mistakes. I maybe risked too much – Jessica deserves to win tonight”, said the five-time champion who is chasing down four titles in a row.

“Stuttgart is one of the toughest qualifiers for the World Cup so it feels like winning at Aachen or at a Championship! I couldn’t be more happy, I knew this was possible but it’s still like a dream come true!” said von Bredow-Werndl. She’s aiming for the series Final in Las Vegas, USA next April but not with today’s winning ride. “I want to take Zaire to Las Vegas, and I’m trying to prepare Dalera for the Olympics next summer. Tokyo is already for sure somewhere in my head, and I would be delighted to be part of Team Germany there”, she pointed out.

The top nine on the Western European League will qualify for the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2020 Final, and after the first three qualifiers the leading four on the league table are all Germans – von Bredow-Werndl and Frederic Wandres sharing pole position followed by Langehanenberg in third and Benjamin Werndl in fourth place.

The next leg will take place in Madrid (ESP) in two weeks’ time.

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