Imran Khwaja, Mahinda Vallipuram and Tony Brian have been elected as the Associate Member Directors on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board at the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin today.

Imran Khwaja of Singapore and Mahinda Vallipuram of Malaysia have retained their position as Associate Member Directors and are joined by Tony Brian from Scotland who replaces Namibia’s Francois Erasmus.

The newly-elected Directors who will sit on the ICC Board for a two-year term, were voted in by the Voting Associate Members of the ICC and the Regional Representatives.

Imran Khwaja said, “I am delighted to be re-elected as one of the three Associate Member Directors on the Board. We have made great strides over the past two years with significant highlights including the governance reform. I look forward to the next two years, building on the success and moving the sport forward even further.”

Mahinda Vallipuram said, “I am thrilled to be re-elected and to be able continue to work, together with the Membership, to further evolve and achieve set targets for the next two years. There is obviously work to be done, but I am positive that working in partnership with the ICC we can further push the boundaries.”

Tony Brian said, “It is a great honour to be elected for the first time as one of the Associate Member Directors. I am really looking forward to having a positive impact and, working together with the Membership, to achieve new heights for the game of cricket across the world.”

ManBetX Renew Welsh Snooker Open Sponsorship

World Snooker is delighted to announce that ManBetX has renewed its title sponsorship of the Welsh Open world ranking event.

The ManBetX Welsh Open will run from 11 to 17 February in 2019, at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. ManBetX sponsored the event for the first time in 2018, when John Higgins won the title for a record fifth time by beating Barry Hawkins in the final. Also among the field were top stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and home favourite Mark Williams.

The Welsh Open is snooker’s longest running ranking event other than the UK Championship and World Championship, as it has been staged every year since 1992. Contested by a field of 128 players, it is the last of the season’s Home Nations series.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with ManBetX on this fantastic tournament. ManBetX have become tremendous supporters of snooker in recent months through sponsorship of some of our biggest events. They are clearly delighted with the coverage they receive for their brand as our sport is watched by so many millions of fans around the world.

“The Welsh Open is always one of the highlights of the snooker calendar and we look forward to another week of outstanding action on the green baize in Cardiff in February.”

John Higgins won the 2017 ManBetX Welsh Open

Scott Taylor, Partner at Project11, said: “The continuation is superb and endorses the impact of the title sponsorship and superior product delivered by World Snooker and Matchroom Sport in their marquee sports portfolio, with which Project11 work closely. We are excited to see the event unfold and the ManBetX brand along with their client base increase. Project11 are proud to work with both ManBetX and World Snooker on this, one of many collaborations, as we continue to strive forward in the world of sports marketing.”

ManBetX added: “We are very happy to be placing the ManBetX brand alongside another of the most prestigious events in world snooker, taking our brand to the next level.”

Tickets for the ManBetX Welsh Open are on sale, for details see

Diogu Leads D’Tigers To Gallant Win At FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

All the D’Tigers needed was back to back 3 pointers from their leader and captain Ike Diogu to settle their nerves in front of a boisterous home crowd at the National Stadium in Lagos and it was all Nigeria needed till the final buzzer to coast home with the win.

Diogu proved vital yet again to the D’Tigers and their quest to make the FIBA World Cup China next year, thanks to his game high 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists with Obi Emegano adding 15 points and 12 points each from debutants Tosin Mehinti and Jordan Nwora helped Nigeria to a comfortable 109-66 points victory over Uganda at the 2nd window of the FIBA 2019 African World Cup qualifiers in Lagos.

The Alex Nwora led side ran up with a comfortable 16 points lead at halftime thanks to a robust bench display which outscored Uganda 25 – 5 before finishing the night 45-11 in the end (Bench points) .

” I had 8 debutants on my team and was switching based on what Uganda had on the floor. I tried to give everyone a run and I am glad they all did well in the end despite a shaky start”. Head Coach Alex Nwora said after the game.

Ike Diogu

The Ugandans despite falling to a superior D’Tigers had 3 players in double digits Jordin Mayes, Deng John Geu and Robinson Odoch scoring 18,13 and 11 points respectively.

Apart from bench points Nigeria outscored Uganda 16-10 on fast break points, 15-9 on second chance points and 19-10 on points of turnovers.

All pointers to a dominant display.

Up next is Rwanda who beat Mali 82-72 in their opening game.

IOC President Welcomes The Swiss President to The Olympic Museum

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, was guest of honour at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne on Friday. IOC President Thomas Bach gave the Swiss Head of State a personal guided tour of the exhibitions at The Museum, including a special exhibit devoted to Swiss athletes who participated in the recent Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The pair also looked at an exhibition about the IOC in Lausanne and the construction of the new IOC headquarters, “Olympic House”, which will be inaugurated on Olympic Day in 2019.
The two leaders had the opportunity to discuss a number of topics of mutual interest, including the fundamental reforms undertaken by the IOC with Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly with regard to sustainability, good governance and respect for human rights. The sizeable economic impact of the IOC’s presence in Switzerland was also discussed.

The Olympic Museum
OLYMPIC LANGUAGE : Un voyage à travers le look des Jeux » du 10.05.18 au 17.03.19
Exposition “De l’union des cinq anneaux à l’emblème des Jeux”.

With 45 international sports organisations based in Switzerland, employing 2,150 people, the majority working for the IOC, it is estimated that sports organisations boost the Swiss economy by more than 1 billion Swiss Francs (CHF 1.07 billion) each year, lifting the Swiss GDP by 0.2 percent annually. More than half of that boost comes to the Canton of Vaud, which benefits to the tune of just over half-a-billion Swiss Francs (CHF 0.55 billion) each year. Read more here

Speaking at The Museum, President Bach welcomed President Berset, saying: “The Olympic Museum is the place where we have celebrated our close relationship with Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud and the Confederation, on so many occasions. Our profound attachment of more than 100 years in the Olympic Capital and in Switzerland will be further reinforced next year with the inauguration of our new headquarters in Vidy – Olympic House. This investment is a demonstration of our commitment to Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud and Switzerland as our home.”

President Berset said: “My visit to the IOC today has enabled me to re-emphasise the strong links between Switzerland and the IOC, an organisation that has made its home here for over 100 years. Sport is a fantastic tool for promoting equal opportunities. I firmly believe that the IOC’s mission to place sport at the service of humanity and peace is essential.”

During the visit, President Bach was accompanied by IOC Member in Switzerland and Executive Board member, Denis Oswald.

Joining the Swiss President were Philippe Leuba, Councillor of State of the Canton of Vaud, and Gregoire Junod, the Mayor of Lausanne. After the visit to The Olympic Museum, the IOC President will this evening be at the inauguration of Lausanne’s new sports complex the Centre Sportif de La Tuilière, a sports centre that will provide nine new football pitches for the region.

NPFL 2017/18: Go Round FC To Resume July 2nd

Players and staff of Go Round FC will resume for the concluding part of the League season on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Club Secretary, Emeka Olisamuni in a statement adds that training commences on the same day at 4pm.

Players departed for the break occasioned by the World Cup shortly after their 1-0 win against Lobi Stars at the KrisDera Hotel Stadium on June 10, 2018.

Go Round FC

Go Round FC’s next game is at home, this time against Katsina United on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Go round FC is currently in 16th position on the log

Ladbrokes To Sponsor Trio Of Snooker’s Key Events

Ladbrokes has renewed its sponsorship of snooker’s World Grand Prix and Players Championship, and added the new Tour Championship to the series.

Those three events will make up the Ladbrokes Series of world ranking events in 2019.

The Ladbrokes World Grand Prix will run from February 4-10 in Cheltenham, followed by the Ladbrokes Players Championship from March 4-10 in Preston, then the new Ladbrokes Tour Championship in Llandudno from March 19-24. All three events will be televised live by ITV4.

The top 32 on the one-year ranking list will qualify for the first tournament at The Centaur venue in Cheltenham, then the top 16 will go on to the Guild Hall in Preston, and only the top eight will make it to the final event at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

There will be a top prize of £100,000 available at the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix, with the winner to receive £125,000 at the Ladbrokes Players Championship, and £150,000 at the Ladbrokes Tour Championship. Any player winning all three tournaments will receive an extra bonus of £125,000, rounding up his total prize money to £500,000.

Ladbrokes has sponsored the World Grand Prix and Players Championship since 2016.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The development of the Ladbrokes Series has been one of the most exciting innovations on our global tour in recent years. It means that from the very first ball of the season, players must earn enough money to qualify for these prestigious and lucrative events in the second half of the campaign.

“Adding the Tour Championship to the series makes it so competitive as we will go from 32 to 16 to eight players, with only the very best surviving until the end. And with a possible £500,000 to be won, it is a huge incentive for all of the top stars.

“We are delighted to have Ladbrokes on board for the full series, they have been fantastic supporters of snooker for many years and they are a superb team to work with. The viewing figures on ITV and the overall exposure that Ladbrokes receive for their brand from these three events is growing year on year.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won both the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix and Ladbrokes Players Championship last season

“We have three excellent venues for the Ladbrokes Series including a new location in Cheltenham. It’s going to be fascinating to find out which players can go all the way and lift the coveted trophies.”

Adrian Osman, Head Of Sponsorship and Events for the Ladbrokes Coral Group, said: “Having worked with Barry and the World Snooker team for many years we are delighted to be involved in yet another innovation in the sport, with the launch of the Ladbrokes Series.”

Tickets for all three Ladbrokes Series events will be on sale from Friday June 29th – for details see

WBSC YouTube channel to showcase all 54 games of Jr. Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada

World Baseball Softball Confederation, (WBSC) today announced that all 54 games of the XII WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada, will be live-streamed and available to audiences worldwide for free through the Official WBSC YouTube Channel

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that all 54 games of the XII WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada, will be live-streamed and available to audiences worldwide for free through the Official WBSC YouTube Channel at

Thirteen National Teams from the five Olympic continents will be a part of the global battle in Prince Albert, with Guatemala and Hong Kong making their historic debuts.

“The WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 is the world’s top men’s softball competition on this year’s international calendar, and we are excited to showcase this global event exclusively through the WBSC YouTube Channel,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “With this strategy we raise awareness of our sport’s growing global footprint, while connecting with more fans and new followers around the world through this engaging live content.”

The WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 opens Saturday, 7 July, at 10:00 a.m. local time, with Denmark versus Mexico (Group A) serving as the group-stage opener of the global tournament.

For the Opening Round of the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship, production across the two main venues will feature three cameras, with production expanded to four cameras for the final four playoff games. All games will feature running commentary in English.

The nations competing For the Title of World Champion have been drawn into two groups:

Group A: No. 3 Japan, No. 4 Argentina, No. 5 Australia, No. 9 Mexico, No. 11 Denmark, No. 14 South Africa and No. 16 India.

Group B: No. 1 New Zealand, No. 2 Canada, No. 6 United States, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 15 Guatemala and No. 17 Hong Kong.