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Nigerian players union happy Charles Tambe Survived Gun attack …Lauds Management of Abia Warriors, 3SC

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF), has expressed its gratitude to God for protecting the life of Abia Warriors’ goalkeeper, Charles Tambe, who was attacked by criminals Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to reports the former goal tender of 3SC of Ibadan, was attacked while he was jogging to keep fit by criminals who attacked him and collected his wristwatch and phone and also shot him on his hand. Tambe who was rushed to the University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, is reported to be doing well.

In a statement released by the Communications department of NANPF, the union was glad that the player who has been responding to treatment, is also in a stable condition. The foremost players’ union equally commended the management of the Abia Warriors for its timely response and support for the player.

“We must commend the management of Abia Warriors for their moral and financial support. Let’s also commend NANPF’s South West Coordinator, Mutiu Adepoju for his astute leadership, as he equally galvanised Oyo State Chairman of NANPF, Dimeji Lawal, as well as, members of the technical crew of 3SC, who have also supported the player, morally and financially, too.

“NANPF, is indeed, grateful to God that we didn’t not lose another player at this period of global turbulence and pandemic. We pray that God will continue to guard and protect us all against dangers,” it added.

FEI Jumping Calendar Task Force agrees resolutions at first virtual meeting

The Jumping Calendar Task Force, one of eight discipline-specific task forces created by the FEI to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Calendar and propose ways of mitigating its effects, held its first meeting via teleconference yesterday (2 April 2020).

FEI President Ingmar De Vos
FEI President Ingmar De Vos (FEI)

The meeting was chaired by FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, who has overall responsibility for the FEI Calendar and who will chair each of the discipline Task Forces.

The FEI Secretary General, Sabrina Ibáñez delivered one of the case studies in the opening session at the IF Forum 2017 in Olympic capital Lausanne (SUI). (Getty Images. IF Forum 2017).

The members who joined the teleconference call were the FEI Vice Presidents Mark Samuel (CAN) and Jack Huang (TPE), Chair of the FEI Jumping Committee Stephan Ellenbruch (GER), European Equestrian Federation President Theo Ploegmakers (NED), Jumping Athletes’ Representative Pedro Veniss (BRA) and President of the International Equestrian Organisers Association Peter Bollen (BEL). The FEI Deputy Jumping Director, FEI Calendar Administrator and the Directors of the FEI IT, Legal and Governance departments were also on the call.

Key topics discussed by the group during the almost three-hour meeting:

The deadline for National Federations to come back to the FEI with proposed alternative dates for Events looking to reschedule in 2020
The rules relating to date clashes and late-date/date change applications
Possible initiatives to help Organisers
The impact of the new Olympic Games dates on the FEI Calendar 2021

The conclusions and resolutions from the Jumping Calendar Task Force will now go to the FEI Board for consideration at a specially convened Board teleconference next week.

Following this, the principles agreed by the Board will be shared with the other seven Task Forces that will evaluate the impact of the virus on the FEI Calendar for Dressage, Para Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. Each of these Task Forces, which will hold their meetings in the coming days, consists of the core group plus the Chair of the relevant Technical Committee, a representative of the Athletes and the FEI Sports Director of the specific discipline.

The FEI President is to be kept fully updated on the work of each of the Task Forces and, where required, will assist in finalising proposals for solutions to be put forward to the FEI Board for approval.

Sports Complex Helps Volleyball Development In Malawi

The Government of Malawi through National Council of Sports as commenced negotiations with Premier bet Company on infrastructure development in the country to help develop volleyball in Malawi through establishing a Sports Centre in Blantyre.

Malawi National Council of Sports, Blantyre Sports Centre,

The complex features so many courts of different sports but with a focus on Volleyball. The aim is to develop sports in the country mainly targeting the grassroots. Volleyball has a similar program hence it’s benefit the new family today.

Malawi National Council of Sports, Blantyre Sports Centre,

Premier Bet Manager expressed happiness in how Malawians patronise their business of lotto and gaming. Premier Bet company has decided to help Malawians in different ways and one way is the sports field. They have noticed that the youth needs to be given the sporting platform for them to be healthy and responsible citizens.

Malawi National Council of Sports, Blantyre Sports Centre,

They have made promises to reach even the very rural areas with such infrastructure. The volleyball Federation is very thankful for this donation. The facility will help scout talents from the youth who will patronise the facility. It is believed that the new courts have come at the right time since this August the federation is planning a National Tournament to be played on the facility.

Olympic Baseball, Softball, Tokyo 2020 Games Postponed To 2021

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) welcomed the difficult joint decision today of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to a date no later than the summer of 2021.

The IOC stated that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

Said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: “The WBSC welcomes and fully supports the joint decision taken by the IOC, Tokyo 2020 and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the postponement is heartbreaking for athletes — and our baseball and softball players — around the world, the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Games in 2021 can be a symbol of global recovery and solidarity, and be one of the greatest worldwide celebrations and most anticipated moments in the history of sport.

“The WBSC stands in solidarity with the Olympic Movement during this difficult time and will work closely with the IOC to manage the completion of the Olympic qualification process for baseball, which now has more time to be conducted, providing an equal opportunity for the teams and their players.”

Baseball and softball will be making their first Olympic appearance since the 2008 Beijing Games, and are expected to be one of the top attractions of the Games in Japan, where baseball/softball is the most popular sport.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball/Softball’s Road Back to the Games

Softball has completed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification process. The six-team tournament will feature host nation Japan, USA (the 2018 WBSC World Champions), Italy (winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier), Mexico, Canada (winner and runner-up of the Americas Qualifier) and Australia (winner of the Asia/Oceania Qualifier).

Four of six teams have qualified for the Olympic baseball event at Tokyo 2020, including host Japan, Israel (the winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier), Korea and Mexico (through the WBSC Premier12 2019). The remaining two teams will advance to the Games through the Americas Qualifier and the Final Qualifier.

The eight-team Americas Baseball Qualifier was scheduled from 22 to 26 March and has been postponed. The Final Qualifier, originally scheduled in early April, has been currently postponed to June. It must however take place following the Americas Qualifier. The second- and third-place finishers of the Americas Qualifier will join Chinese Taipei, Australia, China and the Netherlands in the Final qualifier.

Dayo Ojo Kidnap: Nigeria Players Union Lauds Sunshine Stars Captain, Police, Others

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF), has expressed its joy and happiness over the release of kidnapped Nigerian footballers, Dayo Ojo of Enyimba football club and Abia Comets’ Benjamin Iluyomade yesterday by their captors.

In a statement signed NANPF’s President Tijani Babangida, MON, it remarked that the union is very glad that the players were released by their captors in good and sound health. It also thanked all those who facilitated the release of the players.

It stated: ” We are very happy and grateful to God on the release of the footballers. That they were released in good and sound health and have returned to their families is indeed, a reason to be glad and joyful.

” On behalf of the National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, home and diaspora, I say a big thank you to the Ondo State chapter Chairman of NANPF and Captain of Sunshine Stars football club, Sunday Abe for the commendable roles he played in the matter, as he worked assiduously with the Nigeria police to ensure the safe release of the players.

Tijani Babangida
photo credit: Shengolpixs

“Sunday Abe interfaced with the kidnappers, day and night and coordinating everything the police, families and Enyimba fc. Without a doubt, he is a great ambassador of NANPF, who should be celebrated by everyone.

“We also say thank you to the Ondo State Police Command for their promptness and effective roles in the matter. As well as the management of Enyimba football club for their equally commendable roles,” the statement read.

Nigerian Players’ Union Writes Police Over Kidnapped Footballers

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF) led by Tijani Babangida, MON, have officially written a letter of complaint to the Ondo State Commissioner of Police over the kidnap of Enyimba of Aba player Dayo Ojo and Iluyomade Benjamin of Abia Comets, Sunday March 22, along Ajangbale, Ifon road, on their way to Akure, Ondo State.

According to a release signed by General Secretary of of NANPF, Comrade Austin Popo. The Ondo State chapter Chairman of NANPF and captain of Sunshine Stars football club, Abe Sunday, made the official report of the kidnapping to the Ondo State Police on behalf of the players’ union.

Tijani Babangida
photo credit: Shengolpixs

The letter demanded that the police step quickly into the matter and help rescue the kidnapped footballers. Abe Sunday, is expected to liase with the police in their efforts to rescue the footballers.

Akeem Busari

COVID-19: Nwankwo Kanu Prays For Better and Healthier World…Cautions Nigerians Not To Panic

Nigerian and African football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed optimism that the world would come out better and stronger from the deadly Corona virus pandemic currently ravaging the world.

The former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal star, while speaking with journalists remarked that the present health situation in the world is a phase that would soon fade away. According to the ex- Inter Milan striker, the Covid-19 pandemic is another opportunity for people of the world to become closer to God, be more humane and also appreciate each other.

“This is the first time in recent decades that the whole world is experiencing a near total shutdown not for warfare, but due to health issues. It shows how feeble and panicky we are as human beings.

“Did you ever thought that sports could be shutdown all over the world? That we won’t be able to play or watch the beautiful game of football? This is a time for sober reflections and of course, a reapraisal our lives as human beings,” he admonished.

Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu, who is also the president of the fast spreading and biggest football academy in West Africa, the Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA), went ahead to advise Nigerians not to panic and rush into heating up the atmosphere with panicky actions.

“We should not panic. Let’s take things easy and cautiously, by following the health tips on how to avoid or treat the virus. By the grace of God, we shall surely overcome this challenge,” Kanu advised.

Akeem Busari