FEI Launches Bid Process For FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022

The FEI has today launched the bid process for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022, with the announcement of the successful bid city to be made at the FEI General Assembly in Montevideo (URU) in November 2017.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, which take place every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle, feature all of the FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

“The FEI World Equestrian Games is one of the major events on the global sporting calendar and we are looking for host cities that can deliver an exceptional experience for both athletes and spectators”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said.

“The FEI World Equestrian Games represents the greatest gathering of top-level equestrian athletes with eight World Championships in one event, uniting our disciplines, our community and our fans. The 2014 Games in Normandy attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.

“As with all events of this scale, we have been carefully analysing every aspect of our flagship event to make sure it continues to appeal to large audiences and attract media and television viewers. On the basis of this, we have been engaged in a lengthy consultation process with the greater equestrian community and global media representatives to make the FEI World Equestrian Games format more cost effective, more universal and ensure it continues to appeal to new fans.”

The bid process opens today and interested parties are invited to submit the Expression of Interest form by 15 May 2016 to bidding@fei.org.

Following this, the bid process then enters the Applicant phase and Candidate phase.

Phase 1 APPLICANT PHASE
May 2016: Bid Applications & Questionnaire and Bid Guide available to download by interested parties on http://www.fei.org

August 2016: Deadline for applicants to submit Bid Applications & Questionnaire

Phase 2 CANDIDATE PHASE
December 2016: Candidates announced and Host Agreement provided to all Candidates

January – May 2017: Site visits and Q&A regarding Candidate bids

June 2017: Deadline for submission of completed Bid and signed Host Agreement

June – October 2017: FEI evaluation of Bids, including Bid presentations to FEI Evaluation Commission

November 2017: Final Candidate’s presentations to FEI Bureau and appointment of 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games™ host city
Earlier this month the FEI also launched the bid process for the FEI European Championships 2019 and the FEI World Cup™ Finals in four disciplines for 2019 through to 2021.

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Astana 2016 Website Goes Live As The Official Medals And Mascots Are Unveiled…

Astana 2016 website goes live as the official medals and mascots are unveiled to mark just 50 days to go until the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

A flurry of activity marks the 50-day countdown to the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships scheduled 19-27 May, with the Kazakh designed medals, the official mascot Maya and the Championship dedicated website all launched today in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana.

Mascot Presentation Ceremony

With a design mimicking ancient Kazakh zoomorphic patterns, the unique gold, silver and bronze medals represent Scythian art, a decoration traditionally used to deliver power, good luck and protection to the wearer.

Squirrel Maya
Squirrel Maya

Made of Italian enamel and featuring the Women’s World Boxing Championships logo (a woman in boxing gloves surrounded by an intricate design symbolising glory) on the front and both the AIBA and the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation logos on the back, 40 of these stunning medals will be won in 10 weight divisions during the nine-days of competition.

All 10 champions will receive a medal covered in an alloy containing real gold and weighing approximately 110 grams.

Astana 2016 medals
Astana 2016 medals

Squirrel Maya, the friendly and sparkling face of the Championships will keep a keen eye on all bouts and entertain the home crowd. Much like all the registered women boxers, the official mascot is quick and elegant, representing the speed, grace and beauty of women’s boxing.

The USA Knockouts Gearing Up For A Crucial Win As They Chase A Playoff Place In Miami Against The Morocco Atlas Lions

In search of a playoff place in Group B, the USA Knockouts have named a strong team, including Toronto 2015 Pan American Games gold medallist Antonio Vargas and 19-year-old lightweight sensation Carlos Balderas, for their match versus the Morocco Atlas Lions in Miami on Friday.

Vargas leads the home hopes in the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome taking on Achraf Kharroubi in a fascinating opening flyweight bout. While the Moroccan has already secured his spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 19-year-old Vargas surprised many by failing to claim a qualification spot at the AIBA American Olympic Qualification Event in Buenos Aires in March.

There is no such worry for compatriot Carlos Balderas who sealed his 2016 place after winning four successive WSB fights in Season V. He takes on Morocco Atlas Lions’ Hamza Rabii, the younger brother of the AIBA World Champion Mohammed Rabii, in the lightweight division.

Victorious at the US National Olympic Trials, welterweight Paul Kroll will be keen to make up for his previous WSB performance, a disappointing home loss to Mexico Guerreros’ Francisco Armenta. The 20 year old will have his work cut out as he faces Morocco’s defending AIBA World Champion Mohammed Rabii, who went through Season V undefeated.

Fellow US National Olympic Trials winner Jonathan Esquivel will pit his skills against Hassan Saada in the light heavyweight bout. The US fighter enjoyed a winning WSB debut in Week 4, defeating Mexico Guerreros’ experienced Rogelio Romero.

WSB, World Series Of Boxing, USA Knockouts, Morocco Atlas Lions, Antonio Vargas, Carlos Balderas,

Marlo Moore, the fourth US National Olympic Trials winner on the USA Knockouts team, takes on Ahmed Bourous in the super heavyweight class.

Just two points ahead of the Morocco Atlas Lions in Group C, it could be a nervy evening for the USA Knockouts and their fervent home supporters.

The Russian Boxing Team aim for a clean sweep against Group C rivals Venezuela Caciques in Moscow

The undefeated Russian Boxing Team will be looking to do the double over Venezuela Caciques on Friday evening and make it five wins from five in Season VI. The two highest ranked teams in Group C face each other in the Druzhba Sport Palace in Moscow.

The home team won’t have it all their way against the Venezuela Caciques, who trail them by just a point at the top of the table. Venezuela’s highly talented South American Youth Championship winner Franklin Jose Gonzalez takes on fellow flyweight Ovik Ogannisian in the first fight of the night. While Gonzalez won his opening Season VI fight with an impressive victory over Rafako Hussars Poland’s experienced WSB boxer Hamza Touba, Ogannisian lost his one and only encounter this season.

In the lightweight division Adlan Abdurashidov provided one of the stories of Season V, with a string of world-class performances securing qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 25-year-old Russian takes on Christian Palacio, who recorded an impressive victory on his WSB debut in Week 7, defeating the explosive Pole Mateusz Polski.

Two-time Season VI winner and Russian welterweight National Championship bronze medallist Albert Karibian will be favoured to make it a hatrick as he takes on Venezuela Caciques’ Victor Pinango. The 31 year old replaced WSB Boxer of Week 7 Balazs Bacskai in the Venezuela Caciques squad.

Russian Boxing Team, Venezuela Caciques, WSB Season VI, World Series Of Boxing, Albert Karibian, Victor Pinango, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Adlan Abdurashidov, Christian Palacio, Boxing,

Top-ranked Russian light heavyweight Pavel Silyagin might be missing from Week 11, but compatriot Gamzat Gazaliev will still start as favourite in his bout versus Nalek Korbaj.

Silver medal winner in the famous Chemistry Cup, held in Germany last month, Andrey Afonin rounds off the action in his home country. The Russian faces Henrique Dos Santos Nascimento in the super heavyweight clash. The 1.93m Brazilian, who fights for Venezuela Caciques, was a thrilling winner in his debut WSB fight in Week 7.

ICC Women’s World Twenty20: West Indies Defeats New Zealand To Enter Maiden Final

Skipper Stafanie Taylor scored 25 and grabbed three wickets as the West Indies upset favourite New Zealand by six runs in Mumbai on Thursday to make its first-ever appearance in the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20.

Britney Cooper smashed a superb 61 off 48 balls to lift the West Indies to 143 for six after New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates won the toss and elected to field.

New Zealand, undefeated in the league stage and finalist in 2009 and 2010, was restricted to 137 for eight in reply at the Wankhede stadium.

The West Indies will clash with Australia, the champion side in the last three editions in 2010, 2012 and 2014, in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday afternoon.

The tall Cooper smashed five fours and two sixes – both off consecutive deliveries from Leigh Kasperek – to lend momentum to the West Indies innings.

Cooper and Taylor put on 60 for the second wicket after opener Hayley Matthews had fallen for 16 in the third over.

Deandra Dottin of the West Indies hits out with Sushma Verma of India looking on during the Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Photo credit ICC/Getty Images
Deandra Dottin of the West Indies hits out with Sushma Verma of India looking on during the Women’s ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Photo credit ICC/Getty Images

The West Indies was sailing at 78 for one when the dismissal of Taylor in the 12th over triggered a meltdown that allowed New Zealand to concede just 65 runs and claim five wickets in the final eight overs.

Seamer Sophie Devine starred in the collapse with four wickets for 22 runs, while Morna Nielsen was the other successful bowler with one for 14 in her four overs.

New Zealand raced to 43 for one in reply before it lost its top two batting stars, skipper Suzie Bates and Devine, in the space of five deliveries in the seventh over.

Devine was run-out by a direct throw from Deandra Dottin for 22, while Bates drove Afy Fletcher straight to mid-off after making 12.

Sara McGlashan (38) and Amy Satterthwaite (24) retrieved the situation with a defiant stand of 59 for the fourth wicket before both batters were dismissed off successive balls by Taylor.

Reduced to 108 for five in the 17th over, New Zealand’s lower order found runs hard to come by against the tight West Indies bowling and fell seven runs short of victory.

Taylor was unable to conceal her delight at reaching the final.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and it really feels great to have made the final,” the West Indies captain said, adding she was not worried at facing the formidable Southern Stars for the title.

Britney Cooper  Mumbaj, INDIA - MARCH 31 : during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between New Zealand and West Indies on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Pal Pillai/IDI via Getty Images)
Britney Cooper
Mumbaj, INDIA – MARCH 31 : during Women’s ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between New Zealand and West Indies on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Pal Pillai/IDI via Getty Images)

“I do think we can win it if we are consistent enough,” she said. “We can definitely pull it off.”

Bates said her team was beaten due to a “very good performance” by the West Indies, especially Cooper who was later named player of the match.

“Credit to the West Indies for the way they came out hitting with the bat and Cooper’s innings was amazing,” the New Zealand captain said.

“It has been an outstanding tournament for us, but we were on the wrong side of a very good performance by the West Indies today.”

Summarised scores:
West Indies beat New Zealand by six runs in Mumbai
West Indies 143-6, 20 overs (Stafanie Taylor 25, Britney Cooper 61, Deandra Dottin 20; Sophie Devine 4-22)
New Zealand 137-8, 20 overs (Sophie Devine 22, Sara McGlashan 38, Amy Satterthwaite 24; Stafanie Taylor 3-26)

Final:
Sunday, 3 April – Australia v West Indies, Kolkata (14h30)

NTF Pays Tribute To Late Board Member, Professor. Ikulayo

The Nigeria Tennis Federation has expressed deep regret following the death of its board member, Prof. (Mrs.) Philomena Ikulayo who passed on March 24, 2016 after a brief illness in Lagos.

NTF President, Sani Ndanusa described the deceased as a great lover of tennis whose contribution to the game in Nigeria cannot be overlooked.

“She is a great woman who is revered in the academic field and her contributions to tennis in Nigeria is quite significant. She brought lots of ideas to the board of the NTF which helped in the uplifting of tennis in Nigeria”

“I have known and familiarized with her for more than a decade and I can say she is a great woman. I pray that her soul rest in peace,” Ndanusa said.

In his own tribute, Yemi Owoseni, the 1st Vice President of the NTF lamented the exit of Prof. Ikulayo while extolling her virtues.

“She is a very pleasant woman; a sports woman who is very amiable. She is a lover of children, she loves sports and she equally loves Nigeria. May her soul rest in peace.”

The Late Prof. (Mrs.) Philomena Ikulayo
The Late Prof. (Mrs.) Philomena Ikulayo

Owoseni added that part of the deceased legacy in the academic and sporting field culminated in her getting a merit award from the Ekiti State government in October 2014.

The late Ikulayo was born on June 2nd 1948 in Ikoro-Ekiti. She is a professor in Education/ Human Kinetic & Health Education in the University of Lagos.

A barrister at Law, she is credited to have co-authored 173 publications and she had at several times delivered papers at events organized by the Sports Ministry in Nigeria.

Lagos FA Cup Finals Holds This Weekend At Agege Stadium

With the Final of the 2015/2016 Lagos State FA Cup coming up this weekend, The sponsor, Winners Golden Bet has raised the stake with cash awards for the most valuable player of the championship and other individuals.
The highest Goal scorer of the tournament will go home with the sum of Hundred thousand Naira.

The best goalkeeper will also go home with 50 thousand naira, while the Referee of the tournament goes home with 100 thousand naira, with the best coach of the championship being sponsored to a coaching course.

According to Deji Breecoft, Assistant General Manager of the sponsoring company, WGB, the company decided to give the cash awards in order to encourage the player’s and other stakeholders like the referees’ and coaches to always give their best.

He revealed that the eventual winner for the Men’s category will go home with 1 million naira and the runner up will get 500 thousand naira. While the Women champions gets 300 thousand and the runners up goes home with 200 thousand naira only, apart from other individuals’ awards for women too.

Meanwhile all the semi-finals matches will hold tomorrow (Friday) at the Agege Stadium starting from 8:00AM with the women taking the stage when the defending champions, C.O.D Ladies FC confront Young Talent 99 FC, after which FC Robo Queens will play against Iche T.T Queens football club for a place in the finals

In the men’s category, Premier league side, M.F.M FC will tackle Synergy Ultimate FC and C.O.D FC will battle Bridge football club for a spot in Sunday’s final holding at the same venue.

Dotun Coker, chairman of the Technical committee of the Lagos FA informed that this year’s Lagos State FA Cup has been a huge success, hoping that any club that win’s should be able to be worthy representatives of Lagos State.

Agege stadium Lagos
Agege stadium Lagos

Quarter-finals Results

Men

Messiah FC 0-1 C.O.D FC

Moonluck FC 0-1 Bridge FC

Synergy Ultimate FA 3-0 Gbagada FC

Teslim Tunder Balogun FC 1-2 M.F.M FC