Standout Performances In Four Weight Categories At Day Two of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

The light fly (48kg), bantam (54kg), light (60kg) and welter (69kg) were on the spotlight of day 2 with 45 boxers getting their tickets to the next round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Delhi. Dina Zholaman (54kg) from Kazakhstan, Paige Murney (60kg) from England, and Ireland’s Kellie Harrington (60kg) were among the names progressing, but it was India’s Manisha Moun (54kg) and Finland’s Mira Potkonen (60kg) who made the day 2 headlines.

THREE ROUNDS FROM DAY 2

Round 1: India’s new shining star Manisha Moun
The Indian women’s squad has become a powerhouse with some big names already on the spotlight for years, and Manisha Moun confirmed today the good health of the next generation of Indian champions. The 21 years old Bantam (54 kg) boxer’s impressive bout against the experienced USA’s Christina Cruz showed that she is one of India’s future brightest star and, definitively, one to follow here in Delhi.

Round 2: Potkonen’s debuts in style
Mira Potkonen’s astonishing winning record is not to prove anymore and the Olympic medalist delivered a well-rounded performance against the Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anja Stridsman in her first bout of the competition. The Finnish girl, seeded number one in the Light (60kg) category, confirmed she is in top form by defeating Australia’s Stridman to reach the third round of the competition.

Round 3: Costa Rica’s historical win
It was a great day for the Costa Rican squad on Friday with Bantam (54kg) boxer Julianna Rodriguez making history by defeating Italy’s Giulia DeLaurenti in New Delhi. The two-time Central American Champion delivered an astounding performance today, getting the first win for Costa Rica in an AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in their 4th participation to the event.

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Dr Elwani Presents CAVB Development To The FIVB Congress

African Volleyball Confederation “CAVB” President Dr Amr Elwani presented the African Volleyball activity report to the FIVB Congress meeting now in Cancun, Mexico on Thursday.

Elwani showed African development towards the international performance and the great improvement in the African participation at the Age Group Continental Championships.

He highlighted the great performances at African Age group championships and the great honour to organise 2 World championships in 2019 on African Soil; the Girls U18 World championship in Egypt and the Boys U19 in Tunisia.

Dr Amr Elwani

Dr Elwani also featured the CAVB Nucleus Project in Africa including the National Federations who improved in terms of their care of the Young generation. They include Cameroon, Egypt, Rwanda, Congo RDC and Kenya at the Girls level, Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon and Tunisia in the Boys category.

Super Eagles Insist On Three points Against Bafana

Three–time African champions Nigeria flew into Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday with a commitment to picking all three points in Saturday’s Group E top-of-the-table clash with South Africa at the FNB Stadium.

Stand–in Captain Ahmed Musa, who is the last Nigerian player to score against South Africa at senior level, when both teams finished a friendly match 1-1 in Nelspruit in March 2015, told thenff.com that the Super Eagles are not thinking of simply gaining a point from the encounter.

“Our determination is to win and pick our ticket to the AFCON ahead of the final matchday next year. South Africa came to Nigeria to beat us and we are here to return the compliment.

“We will not be playing for a draw. We won in Seychelles and against Libya in Tunisia and we are here to win as well.”

The chartered MAX Air plane that flew the Nigeria delegation, led by NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, landed at the Oliver R. Tambo International Airport around 3.30am South Africa time, with 23 players, team officials led by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, members of the NFF Executive Committee, some members of NFF Management and NFF Staff and a number of media representatives.

The delegation was met on arrival by President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, who travelled 24 hours earlier for a meeting with a prospective commercial partner, as well as top officials of the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria and the Nigeria Consulate in Johannesburg.

Ahmed Musa and team –mates will have a feel of the turf of the FNB Stadium (nicknamed Soccercity) as from 3pm on Friday.

Musa admits that Saturday’s encounter would not be for the faint –hearted. Nigeria has not beaten South Africa at senior men level in the last four encounters between both nations, though it was in South Africa that Nigeria won her third and last Africa Cup of Nations title in February 2013.

 

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Super Eagles

 

A 2015 AFCON qualifier in Cape Town in September 2014 ended scoreless, before the Bafana Bafana held their ground for a 2-2 draw in Uyo two months later to deny the Super Eagles a place at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

Both teams tied 1-1 in a friendly in Nelspruit in March 2015 before the Bafana shocked the Eagles in Uyo 2-0 on Matchday 1 of the current qualifying series.

“They are a strong team and we will not under –rate them. But we are here for the three points,” Musa emphasized.

2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships Gets Underway In Delhi

The flyweight (51kg) boxers were the first one on the ring at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships in Delhi on Thursday afternoon, showing the path to the 52 athletes competing on day 1 at the expected tenth edition of the competition. The likes of Canada, Italy, Brazil and USA were among the countries progressing athletes into the next round after a superb day of boxing action in KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.

THREE ROUNDS FROM DAY ONE
Round 1: Thrilling anticipated final to kick off the World Championships in Delhi
The first bout on Ring B was a glimpse of what could have been a final in the flyweight category (51kg), as Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova met EUBC European Women’s Champion Russia’s Svetlana Soluianova. The stylish performance of the Kazakh boxer confirmed her medal potential by defeating Russia’s favorite.

Round 2: Switzerland’s hope Sandra Brugger advance to the next round
Lightweight (60kg) veteran Sandra Brugger started her 6th participation at an AIBA World Championships with an impressive performance to defeat the talented Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah. Brugger hard preparation for the event has paid off today seeing the Swiss hope advancing to the next stage in New Delhi.

Round 3: Four new countries in the AIBA Women’s World Championships mix
History has been made today at New Delhi’s KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium with Scotland, Somalia, DR Congo and Bangladesh reaching for the first time the women’s boxing highest scenario, the AIBA World Championships. The participation of these four newcomers, coming from three different continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), prove the strong efforts made by AIBA in developing the noble art across the World.

Triple Win For African Rugby on The Global Stage As Nigeria Rugby Is Welcomed Back By World Rugby In Dublin

World Rugby elects Mr Alexander from South Africa on its executive committee, adopts Burkina Faso as a new associate member and welcomes back Nigeria as a full member

SA Rugby president Mr. Mark Alexander was elected to the World Rugby’s Executive Council in elections held in Dublin on Wednesday.

“It is a huge honour to be named on the executive body among a number of highly respected administrators in the game,” said Mr. Alexander from Dublin, where the World Rugby Council held their second sitting of the year.

Mark Alexander

“South Africa has had a strong representation on the executive over time, and I am proud and humbled to follow in that tradition. These are exciting times for rugby with a number of opportunities – as well as challenges – and I am delighted to be part of this group that will be determined to continue the growth and interest in the game around the world.”

World Rugby has welcomed Burkina Faso as associate members after they submitted a successful application. To become an associate member of the international federation, a rugby union must first be a full member of its regional association, in this case Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com). Then it must meet a certain number of criteria ranging from governance to administration and from development programs to domestic and regional competitions.

Rolande Boro, President of Burkina Faso Rugby Union

Mrs Rolande Boro, President of Burkina Faso Rugby Union is naturally delighted by the news: “It is a major achievement for Burkina Faso Rugby, we have worked very hard to grow the Game here and it is starting to show on the field. Our U18 boys came third in the Africa Youth Games in July in Algiers, and our senior sevens team finished third of the African Regional Sevens tournament in September in Abidjan. We might be a small country in the world of rugby but we have clear ambitions and a strong focus to reach them. Our next objective is obviously to be admitted as full member of World Rugby in two years time.”

Indeed, only unions in full membership of World Rugby can apply for much needed funding and participate in Rugby World Cup Qualifiers.

Kelechukwu Mbagwu President NRFF

Last but not least, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation’s suspension was lifted by World Rugby. The union had been reinstated earlier in the year by Rugby Africa once the regional association had been satisfied by the newly adopted governance process and constitution in Nigeria. Following the announcement, NRFF’s President Kelechukwu Mbagwu had this to say: “We are extremely happy and grateful to be back within the rugby family, I am particularly fulfilled that our hard work and preparations were not in vain. A big thank you to Rugby Afrique for their support and belief in us.”

Rugby Africa’s President and World Rugby Council member, Abdelaziz Bougja, was present in Dublin and instrumental in all three decisions made in connection with Africa. He reports: “It was indeed a big day for Africa on the international stage and I am really happy with the outcomes. We are strengthening our presence in the global rugby family and no one can deny that Africa is making great strides. I wish to congratulate Mr Alexander for his election at World Rugby’s Executive committee; I have no doubt that he will be making a major contribution towards African rugby in his new role. I wish all the best to Burkina Faso and Nigeria Rugby Football Federation; they are excellent examples of what can be achieved when the leadership is right and set to work to grow the Game from grassroot levels all the way to national teams. I am really proud of their success and the positive image they are conveying of rugby in their respective countries.”

He further adds : “I look forward to welcoming all our member unions in Marrakech for the African Rugby Summit from February 27th to March 3rd 2019. It will be a fantastic celebration of African Rugby concluded by our 13thGeneral Assembly.”

Global Growth: 14 New Nations Enter WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings in 2018

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced a record 48 countries and territories are now featured in the new WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings, with 14 nations making their historic debuts.
Representing global expansion in the Americas, Asia and Europe, the new nations entering the WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings include Belgium, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Peru, Slovakia, Sweden and Thailand.

“The addition of 14 new countries to the Men’s Softball World Ranking is yet another example of the global reach of this discipline,” said WBSC Softball Division Chairman, Tommy Velazquez. “Half of these new nations come from Europe, a continent that will host the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2019 for the first time in history; undoubtedly it will boost the growth of men’s softball around the world.”

The latest Men’s Softball World Rankings include 2018 results from the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Prince Albert, Canada, the European Softball Championship in Havlickuv Brod, Kostelec nad Orlicí, Czech Republic, the Asian Softball Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia, the South American Softball Championship in Monteria, Colombia, and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

All five Olympic continents – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania – have at least one representative featured within the Top 12 of the rankings — baseball/softball is one of the few global sports to have such a continental spread atop of the world rankings.

Top 3 spots spread across 3 continents: Oceania, Americas and Asia

The top three positions in the rankings are held by countries from three different continents. Oceania’s New Zealand is still the top-ranked nation (3,524 points), followed by Americas-representative Canada (3,388 points) and Asian nation Japan (3,384 points), who trails the No. 2 spot by only four points.

Australia climbed one position to fourth in the world, behind the Aussies’ first-place finish at the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert.

With ranking points having expired from the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2014, winner Argentina dropped one place and is now the fifth-ranked nation in the world.

No. 7 Czech Republic remains Europe’s top-ranked softball nation and sits only 15 points behind No. 6 United States. Both nations maintained their previous positions in the rankings.

New leader in Africa

Behind a 10th-place finish at the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship, South Africa advanced two spots to a historical high of 12th in the world, overtaking Botswana to become the top-ranked country in Africa.

The WBSC Softball World Rankings weigh a country’s National Team performance in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period, including the Junior Men’s and Men’s Softball World Championships, multi-sport games, continental and regional championships, and friendly matches.

The web-based version and methodology of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings can be found at http://www.wbsc.org/rankings.

WORLD ROWING ANNOUNCES THE 2018 FILIPPI SPIRIT AWARD FINALISTS

The World Rowing Federation (FISA) and Filippi Boats are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Filippi Spirit Award. The award the honours university student rowers recognising their commitment to World Rowing’s core values.

Nominations came from around the world and have been narrowed down to a shortlist of four with four regions of the world being represented and four areas of study – psychology, engineering, medicine and business.

The 2018 Filippi Spirit Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):

James Francis (United States)
Wilson Mure (Australia)
Nikola Potparevic (Serbia)
Amidu Silva (Sri Lanka)

Now in its sixth year the Filippi Spirit Award is the only international award that recognises university student rowers. It is open to university rowers worldwide and honours those who have demonstrated the core values of rowing in his/her social, academic and sporting life. It shows that the student, through these values, has enabled or inspired success in other people’s lives.

James Francis goes to Oklahoma City University and represented the United States this year at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships where he won bronze in the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls. He fits his rowing training around study in psychology where he is one of the top students.

Wilson Mure is a business student majoring in management at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Mure won bronze at the 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and since then has focused on university rowing representing Australia at the 2018 World University Championships. He uses his rowing experience to help younger athletes and all club members.

Nikola Potparevic goes to the University of Belgrade in Serbia where he is studying medicine. An academically gifted student, Potparevic has been awarded for his academic excellence. When not training Potparevic helps coach and was an integral part of establishing the medical rowing section of the Belgrade University Rowing Club. He recently competed at the European University Games in Portugal.

Amidu Silva is a chemical engineering student at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. He has won both academic awards and rowing awards and most recently competed in the 2018 World University Championships. Silva is a mentor to other rowers and is captain of the rowing crew.

The winner’s university rowing club will receive a custom-built, top-of-the-range Filippi eight racing shell. The boat recognises the winner’s involvement in the club and helps the club to develop more young rowers in the future.

The winner will be announced at the World Rowing Awards ceremony which takes place on 23 November in Berlin as part of the 2018 World Rowing Coaches Conference. As well as the announcement of the Filippi Spirit Award winner, the ceremony will also announce the winners of World Rowing’s men’s, women’s and para crew of the year, coach of the year and World Rowing’s new sustainability award.

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