Nigeria Football Supporters Club Organises Independence Day Sports Funfair

Members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club will tomorrow converge on the National stadium, Lagos for a series of sports activities to commemorate Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary.

According to the National Chairman of NFSC, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, the club members, as well as, family members will be involved in endurance walk from the club’s secretariat at Ayinde Giwa, Surulere to the National stadium also in Surulere.

Thereafter, at the stadium, members of the club will engage the executives in a novelty football match.

” We have arranged a series of sports activities to commemorate and celebrate our country’s 59th independence anniversary, ” the amiable football enthusiast disclosed.

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” There would endurance walk from our headquarters in Surulere to the national stadium where we shall have a novelty football match. We want members of the public to come out and watch us display our football skills learned over several years,” he added.

The endurance walk begins 2pm, while the football match is scheduled for 4 pm.


Sporting rainbow-coloured hair, two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce found a pot of gold at the end of the track, winning her fourth 100m title at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha tonight.

A decade after she won her first title, and 13 months after giving birth to her son, 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce returned to the pinnacle of her sport, gapping the field to win in 10.71.

The event began with a dramatic sound and light show to introduce the world’s best sprinters, but Fraser-Pryce outshone all the special effects.


The double Olympic champion made her characteristic bullet-like start and had already established a clear advantage on the seven-strong field by 30 metres. The Jamaican superstar then simply ran away from the opposition to stop the clock in 10.71 – exactly the same time she ran to win her second world title in Moscow in 2013, and within 0.01 seconds of her lifetime best.

“Standing here having done it again at 32, and holding my baby, is a dream come true,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I had no sleep last night. Last time I was at a major championship was 2016 and I just could not sleep with nerves. But with mental toughness you will get what you want.

“I can’t believe it. I worked so hard to be back. The field was so strong I had to come good here and I’m so excited to come out with victory.”

European champion Dina Asher-Smith chipped 0.02 from her British record to claim silver in 10.83. Marie Josee Ta-Lou of Ivory Coast took the bronze in 10.90.

It was a night for the all-time greats as USA’s sweetheart Allyson Felix earned a record 12th World Championships gold medal in the newest event on the programme, the mixed 4x400m, and compatriot Christian Taylor secured a fourth triple jump crown inside Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.

Taylor, 29, was almost down for the count after recording fouls on his first two attempts, which left him needing a big legal jump in the third round just to stay in the competition. A renowned clutch competitor he delivered then, and again in the fourth round when he took command of the competition with a 17.86m effort that snatched away long-time rival Will Claye’s early lead. The dual Olympic champion then bounded out to a winning leap of 17.92m in the fifth round to seal his fourth title, with Claye second in 17.74m.

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Burkina Faso toasted its maiden World Championships medal as Hugues Fabrice Zango leaped 17.66m for a historic bronze.

The US team smashed the world mixed 4x400m record for a second successive night to strike gold as second-leg runner Felix plundered her 12th World Championships title to move one ahead of Usain Bolt as the outright leader in gold medals won in the 36-year history of the biennial event.

Opting to change their entire line-up from the night before, the quartet of Wil London, Felix, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry were a class apart, stopping the clock in 3:09.34.

Ice cool Anzelikha Sidorova was the last to flinch in a captivating final of the women’s pole vault as the authorised neutral athlete earned gold with a third-time clearance at 4.95m in the women’s pole vault.

Sidorova had been locked in a battle of perfect symmetry with USA’s Sandi Morris, each compiling a flawless record up to the 4.90m height, but Morris could go no further as Sidorova soared to claim her maiden title.


The 2019 circuit of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series resumes on Sunday September 29 in Chun’An, China, for the ultimate meet of the season after eight previous legs in Doha (QAT), Seychelles (SEY), Setubal (POR), Balatonfured (HUN), Lac St Jean (CAN), Lac Megantic (CAN), Ohrid (MKD) and Nantou (TPE) from February to September 2019.

Close to 50 of the world’s best swimmers have registered for the Chinese leg, 29 men and 18 women from Bolivia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela.

Ranking leaders Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky and Italy’s Rachele Bruni are set to take part in the 10km race in their respective gender category while the runners-up Matteo Furlan (ITA) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) will also take the plunge in the Chinese waters.

Amongst the other men to watch for on Sunday are Olympic champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands, teammate Marcel Schouten, Brazil’s veteran Allan do Carmo and Andreas Waschburger of Germany, while the women’s race will be highlighted by the participation of the Italian Arianna Bridi and China’s Xin Xin.

The races will be live streamed on FINAtv.

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Current 2019 ranking

The 2020 edition of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series will again stop in the four continents with Doha (QAT) as the first host, respecting the recent years’ tradition to welcome the initial stage of the event, on February 15.

The circuit will then move to the Seychelles (date to be confirmed) and Setubal (POR) on June 13. Still in Europe, the long distance swimmers will head to Balatonfured (date to be confirmed), the lake that welcomed the open water competition of the 2017 FINA World Championships, before flying to Canada to take part in the two traditional meets in Lac St Jean (July 23) and Lac Megantic (August 8). Ohrid, in Macedonia and Chun’An (CHN) will be the last two hosts of the 2020 competition (dates to be confirmed).


Ten-Year Title Sponsor partnership from 2020 heralds a new era for the Diamond League athletics global showcase series…

Partnership with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group to accelerate development of athletics and bring new top-class IAAF events to China

Chinese multinational conglomerate Wanda Group will become the title partner of the Diamond League for ten years from 2020 in a milestone agreement that will secure the future of the high-profile global series, Diamond League chairman and IAAF President Sebastian Coe announced at the IAAF Congress in Doha today.

Wanda Group, and its world-leading sports division, Wanda Sports Group, is committed to playing a key role in the high-quality development of the Chinese sporting industry. This long-term strategic collaboration between Wanda Group and IAAF not only represents a great new sporting asset for the Wanda Sports Group, but also promotes the development of Chinese athletics.

As part of this historic collaboration, Infront, a Wanda Sports Group company, has signed a five-year agreement with the IAAF and the Diamond League for the international media rights to the elite track and field circuit in 2025.

The partnership also includes a ten-year international media rights agreement for a second international tour, a series of one-day meetings around the world due to be launched by the IAAF in 2020 as an upgrade of the current World Challenge series.

This agreement represents the biggest commercial partnership in the history of athletics and includes:

– The ‘Wanda Diamond League’ title sponsorship for ten years from 2020
– The future organisation of an annual Diamond League meeting in China by the Wanda Sports Group
– The creation of a new annual IAAF event in China to be organised by Wanda Sports Group (details to be announced later)
– Co-operation in developing youth athletics in China
– The right for Wanda to co-host the IAAF Gala in China
– The Diamond League media rights for five years from 2025

“The Diamond League has been the IAAF’s shop window for a decade, thrilling fans around the world on an annual basis and we are delighted that the Wanda Diamond League will continue to showcase athletics for the next ten years,’’ Coe said.

“As a leading marathon organiser in our fastest-growing market China, Wanda Sports Group is a perfect fit for athletics. Wanda shares our vision for the future of athletics and this partnership will be fundamental in helping our sport grow over the next decade, both in China and around the world.”

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The CEO of the Wanda Sports Group, Hengming Yang, said: “We are delighted to announce this exciting new partnership with IAAF and the Diamond League. Wanda is committed to working together with IAAF and the Diamond League to further grow athletics and the Wanda Diamond League series in China and all over the world. The objective to bring top-class sporting events to China is at the heart of the Wanda Sports Group’s mission. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the IAAF to excite and inspire athletics fans in China over the next 10 years”.

Infront President and CEO Philippe Blatter said: “With the exciting reforms presented by the IAAF, we are thrilled to play a major role in the future of athletics. The Diamond League is an exceptional platform for athletes to showcase their talent and we are confident our expertise in content delivery will match the Diamond League’s prestige and secure the global exposure it deserves. Additionally, we are delighted to partner with IAAF around the newly created international tour which will provide additional exposure and awareness for the sport.”



IAAF President Sebastian Coe was elected for a second term at the 52nd IAAF Congress in Doha on Wednesday (25) while Ximena Restrepo, Sergey Bubka, Geoffrey Gardner and Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud were elected Vice Presidents.

All 203 voting members of Congress voted for Coe; there were no abstained votes.

Restrepo, the 1992 Olympic 400m bronze medallist from Colombia, will become the first woman to serve as an IAAF Vice President. As part of the widespread reforms adopted by the IAAF Congress at the end of 2016, the IAAF added minimum gender targets into its constitution to establish parity at all levels in the sport’s governance.

Coe welcomed Restrepo, who now lives in Chile, as one of the new Vice Presidents and offered his congratulations.

“Ximena is a former athlete which is tremendously helpful when you’re driving the sport forward,” said Coe. “I am delighted that we have for the very first time elected a female Vice President and that she will be joined by seven other women on council. This is a historic moment.”

“I’m really honoured to take this position,” said Restrepo. “It’s a great moment for me and for my country. I would like to thank you, Seb, because this was only made possible because of you and the changes made to the constitution.

“I think we, as women, now have more opportunities than before. I just hope I can do a good job. I’d like to thank all of the member federations who voted for me. I hope I can be all that they expected me to be.”

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Congress also elected new members of the IAAF Council. The newly elected members are:
Hiroshi Yokokawa (JPN)
Antti Pihlakoski (FIN)
Anna Riccardi (ITA)
Nan Wang (CHN)
Adille Sumariwalla (IND)
Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR)
Abby Hoffman (CAN)
Sylvia Barlag (NED)
Alberto Juantorena (CUB)
Willie Banks (USA)
Raul Chapado (ESP)
Dobromir Karamarinov (BUL)
Beatrice Ayikoru (UGA)

The IAAF Council will be composed of 26 members, eight of whom are women. The 13 newly elected members will be joined by six Area Presidents and two members of the Athletes’ Commission, one man and one woman, including the Chair.

Following the recommendations made by the IAAF Taskforce, Congress also voted to uphold the suspension of RusAF.


Sailors Are Coming Together Worldwide To Clean Beaches

All around the globe sailors are taking to the shores where we sail to help clean up plastic and other garbage. As passionate users of the sea, racers, cruisers, sailors young and old unite behinds a love of the oceans.

While the 49er and Nacra 17 classes were hoping to participate and lead 200 such cleans this off season, we will fall short of that goal but perhaps it will be achievable next year following games.

Some beach clean have been small, a start. Others are massive and already having an impact.

Check out the Argentinian beach clean that took place. Lead by Yago Lange (ARG) the video shot pre-clean up is truly horrifying. We can only start to help and try and improve the situation.

In Perth, Griselda Khng (SIN) lead the Mounts Bay YC clean up effort. No doubt it was a great way to start the sailing season and unite with a few friends.

This past weekend, Iago Marra and Diego Botin (ESP) ran a beach clean with Iago’s club and got some golden help from Kahena Kunze (BRA).

Next weekend the Japanese sailors in 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 will be running a beach clean adjacent to the Olympic venue in Enoshima.

Sailors Are Coming Together Worldwide To Clean Beaches

In Vancouver, Canada, the Royal Vancouver YC ran their second annual beach clean and turned it into a party, with kids games, education, and a band! A party nearly 90 years ago could have been the source of some of the trash cleaned up as a 1930’s whisky bottle was one of the treasures removed from the sea floor.

At the 2019 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 Hyundai World Championship venue, we say the gold medalists, Burling and Tuke participating in a large beach clean and dive, to pull all sorts of debris from the Auckland harbor sea floor.

For sailors around the globe, we often spend time either closing or opening our seasons in September and October. It’s not too late to join this global #Sailors4theSea effort to clean our Oceans. Phone your YC mates and spend an hour cleaning up, we’ll all feel better for it!

CAVB National Refereeing Course Opens in Malawi

The CAVB national refereeing course has been opened officially this week in Malawi in the presence of representatives of the National Olympic committee, Sports council, Government Officials, Mr. James Kaunda the Vice President of Malawi Volleyball Federation and Mr .Jairos Nkhoma the general secretary of Malawi Volleyball Federation.

The course features 40 participants (32 males and 8 females), which is the biggest number ever recorded at such events in Malawi.