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ESSC boss, Dudu-Orumen sets up Edo Sports Associations Reform Committee

As part of efforts to reposition sports in Edo State, Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen, chairman of Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC), has set up a five-man sports associations reform committee.

The committee, which is headed by Smarts Ebhodaghe, a journalist of more than two decades standing has as secretary, Lucky Adagbonyin, Secretary of ESSC. Other members include, Charity Igbinosa, Edo State Deputy Director of Sports, Technical, Adeola Oboro Deputy Director of Sports, Programme and Research, and Salihu Ibrahim, a veteran journalist.

Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen

The committee is expected to commence sitting on December 3, 2018 and has been given six weeks to submit a report to ESSC boss, Barrister Dudu-Orumen.

According to the terms of reference outlined by the ESSC chairman, the Ebhodaghe led committee is to come up with suggestions on how to upgrade all the associations under the commission to Olympics and world standard, and explore ways of making the association self-functioning and self-sustaining.


Lagos SWAN Nominates 37 Members Into Lagos State Sports Associations

37 members of the Lagos State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Lagos SWAN) have been selected as Media Officers of the various Sports Associations in Lagos State.

According to the list compiled by Lagos SWAN and approved by Lagos State Sports Commission, one of Nigeria’s best Athletics reporters, Charles Ogundiya will work with Lagos State Athletics Association while
Adefeso Femi will be in charge of basketball.

The selected Lagos SWAN members include Dele Oshodi-Glover (Boxing), Anthony Bekederemo ( Badminton), Philip Adefioye (Baseball/softball), Jacob Ajom (Cricket), Monica Iheakam (Cycling), Femi Solaja (Chess),
Ignatius Ajuonoma (Darts), Adebayo Latifat (Deaf Sports), Friday Adikwu (Fives), George Gift (Golf), Idowu Olatoye Joseph (Gymnastics), Yinka Adedipe (Handball), Ijeoma Uchegbu (Hockey), Kemi Ajayi (Judo),
Cosmos Chukwuemeka (Kick boxing), Chidibiere Ezeani (Kung fu), Jerome Obuninta (Karate), Kunle Adeyeye (Other Para Sports).

Philip Oyede (Para Athletics), Taiwo Hussein (Para Soccer), Sheriff Owolabi (Para Powerlifting), Blessing Nwosu (Rowing & Yachting), Gloria Adeshi (Rugby), Cecelia Omorogbe (Scrabble), Ronke Ojediran Lawal (Squash), Oluchi Tobechuckwu (Shooting), Alfred Okoligwe (Swimming), Andrew Ekejiuba (Traditional Sports), Rahmon Abolore (Triathlon), Taiwo Adelu (Tennis), Mudashiru Shittu (Table Tennis), Patrick Ibeh (Taekwondo), Enitan Obadina (Volleyball), Sadiq Martins (Wrestling) and Akeem Lawal (Weighlifting)

The move described as timely by the Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun will enhance an increased media visibility and create the necessary awareness for sports to attract more participation and corporate
investment in Lagos State Sports Associations.

“In recent times, the activities of the sports associations have not been widely publicised and documented. This had for long projected a false picture of inactivity of our sports associations to Lagosians.”

“The latest attachment of verified media practitioners will not just help out in media relations with the fourth estate of the realm, but will also accelerate the development of sports in Lagos,” Oshundun

Debo Oshundun, Chairman Lagos SWAN

The Lagos SWAN Chairman charged the appointed Lagos SWAN members to be worthy ambassadors of the profession and association which has continued to blaze the trail in sports reportage in Nigeria.

“This is another unique opportunity to justify the confidence reposed in Lagos SWAN by the leadership of the LSSC. We enjoin our members to shun politicking and carry out their duties professionally.”

Oshundun thanked Lagos State Sports Commission led by its Executive Chairman, Dr. Kweku Tandoh for deeming it fit to actively involve Sports Writers in the formation and day to day affairs of Sports in Lagos.

He again reiterated the maximum support of Lagos SWAN leadership and its members to the growth of sports in Lagos State as he enjoined other states to take a cue from Lagos state.

IOC Announces Composition of Evaluation Commission For The Olympic Winter Games 2026

The Evaluation Commission that will assess the Candidate Cities for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 – Calgary (Canada), Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) and Stockholm (Sweden) – has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Commission is formed of IOC Members and Olympic Movement representatives. Some of these were already part of the Working Group that was responsible for reporting on the feasibility of the Interested Cities that joined the Dialogue Stage of the new, two-stage Candidature Process:


Octavian MORARIU (ROU)
IOC Member; President, Rugby Europe; Member of the Coordination Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

IOC Members

1st Vice-President, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports; Member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission

IOC Athletes’ Commission representative; Olympic champion, Sochi 2014, Speed Skating; Olympian, PyeongChang 2018, Speed Skating; Executive Board member of the Chinese Olympic Committee

Stakeholder Representatives

Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) representative; Vice-President, Czech Olympic Committee

Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) representative; Secretary General, International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF)

Marianna DAVIS (USA)
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) representative Governing Board member, IPC

LEE Hee-beom (KOR)
President, Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

José Luis MARCO (ARG)
Member of the Coordination Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and XXI Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010; Member of the Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games 2012 and the Olympic Winter Games 2002, 2010 and 2014

IOC President Thomas Bach
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IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The Evaluation Commission members bring with them broad experience for assessing the candidates. They will guarantee that the projects are analysed based on their alignment with the existing long-term plans of their local communities, as outlined by Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm.”

Evaluation Commission Chair Octavian Morariu added: “Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm has already helped these three exciting candidatures achieve efficiencies in their planning. And the Commission is committed to working closely with the Cities to ensure that their projects continue to align with the principles of flexibility, legacy and sustainability.”

With a shortened Candidature Stage and only a single File to be submitted, the Cities can benefit from a simple and cost-efficient process. They arrive at this stage having taken advantage of several months of non-committal dialogue with the IOC, receiving greater support, technical advice, communications assistance and materials to develop their projects.

The Candidates need to submit their Files by 11 January 2019, before the Evaluation Commission travels to the Cities in March and April 2019, when its members will be given presentations and visit proposed venues. The Commission will then prepare a report summarising and assessing the essential elements for planning and delivering successful Games. This document will be published prior to the election of the host city at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland.

IOC creates Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020

The IOC Session has mandated Olympic Solidarity to establish the conditions for participation and define the identification and selection process of the team. These elements will be carried out in close collaboration with the National Olympic Committees, the International Sport Federations, the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020 and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The announcement of the Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 members will be made in 2020.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The IOC Session has once again endorsed this initiative. In an ideal world, we would not need to have a Refugee Team at the Olympic Games. But, unfortunately, the reasons why we first created a Refugee Olympic Team before the Olympic Games Rio 2016 continue to persist. We will do our utmost to welcome refugee athletes and give them a home and a flag in the Olympic Village in Tokyo with all the Olympic athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees. This is the continuation of an exciting, human and Olympic journey, and a reminder to refugees that they are not forgotten.”

IOC President Thomas Bach
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UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi commended the decision: “In 2016, the Rio refugee team captured the imagination of people around the world and showed the human side of the global refugee crisis through sport. I’m delighted that this tradition is to continue in Tokyo. Giving these exceptional young people the opportunity to compete at the very highest levels is admirable.”

Back in 2015, the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team was formed by the IOC. Ten athletes were chosen to represent people who are too often forgotten. It was a historic moment in Brazil when a team consisting of refugees participated for the first time ever in the Olympic Games at Rio 2016. As they marched in the Opening Ceremony, two swimmers, two judokas, a marathon runner and five middle-distance runners who originally hailed from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo became instant role models for the 68.5 million or so refugees and internally displaced people, and true global ambassadors for the values of Olympism.

Since the Olympic Games, the IOC has continued to support these 10 Refugee Olympians, as well as a number of other refugee athletes across five continents via Olympic Solidarity’s Refugee Athlete Support Programme. Through scholarships, which come in the form of monthly training grants and fixed competition subsidies, Olympic Solidarity and their host National Olympic Committees help these refugee athletes to prepare for and participate in national and international competitions. UNHCR, through its long term collaboration with the IOC, plays a crucial role in all stages of selection, approval and follow up of the athletes.

Furthermore, in September 2017, the IOC launched the Olympic Refuge Foundation to support more broadly the protection and empowerment of vulnerable displaced people through sport and through the creation of safe spaces; again, partnering with UNHCR and local implementation partners in the field.

For the last 20 years, and with the collaboration of UNHCR, the IOC has been providing relief to refugees and internally displaced people by using the power of sport to promote youth development, education, social integration and health. These actions have brought the joy of sport and the related psychological healing to refugee populations in many camps and settlements around the world.


Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan capped off a memorable week in Buenos Aires with her second gold of the Games after defeating France’s Clara Burel 75 64 in the girls’ singles final on Sunday.

In so doing the 17-year-old becomes the first tennis player to win two golds in one Youth Olympics.

“That’s just really special,” said Juvan. “I saw the players that played the last Youth Olympics and they were really good. There was [Daria] Kasatkina and [Jelena] Ostapenko.

Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan
Photo credit: ITF

“It’s just so amazing to have both of them and to be as close to the third [gold] as I was, it’s just so amazing. I’m just happy for it and currently I’m speechless.”

Argentina Win Nacra 15 Gold At home Youth Olympic Games

Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) won gold in the Mixed Nacra 15 fleet in front of a packed Club Nautico San Isidro at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On home waters, and in a variety of conditions, the Argentinians sailed consistently throughout the week and led the fleet for the vast majority of the competition.

Already in first place ahead of the Medal Race, Cittadini and Romairone finished sixth, which was enough to hand them the gold medal with a seven-point advantage.

“It’s really exciting to see all the people on this river, which we’ve been sailing on for a long time, cheering for us – it’s amazing,” said Romairone.

“I’ve learned a lot of things this week, such as how to stay focused all the time and how to manage nerves. I never usually get nervous, but this time I did!”

The Athlete Role Models for Sailing are Argentineans Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, who won gold in the Nacra 17 fleet at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

They have been present at the venue daily, and Romairone believes that gave herself and Cittadini extra inspiration throughout the week.

“They [Santi and Ceci] always give us encouragement and advice – they were a really big help,” she said.

“They are such good sailors, and just to see them in the club and be so close to them was very motivating.”

After going all out for the Youth Olympic Games, Romairone admitted she is unsure of their imminent plans, but expressed an interest in one day moving into the senior Nacra 17 boat.

“Our objective was always the Games. We didn’t project anything further, so at this moment I don’t know,” she added.

“Anything can happen. There are a lot of boats to sail in. It would be amazing [to sail the Nacra 17] – it’s a really cool boat.”

Titouan Petard and Kenza Coutard (FRA) claimed an impressive Medal Race win, which moved them from fourth place overall up to a silver medal position.

The French duo won the opening race of the competition and actually enjoyed more top-three results than their Argentinian opponents, but a discard of 14th and three further finishes outside the top five added extra points to their total.

However, they hit form just at the right time, winning the last race on Friday before their sublime victory in the Medal Race gave them France’s second silver in Sailing so far.

“It’s really amazing to win this medal – we didn’t know if it would be possible so we are very happy,” said Coutard.

“To take bronze or silver, all we had to do was attack in the final race, and we did that.

“After this we won’t continue to sail together – I have another helm and Titouan has another crew – but it’s been an incredible event.”

It meant Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer (NED), who started the day in the silver medal position, lost out by just one point after finishing fourth in the Medal Race.

But after narrowly missing out on a medal at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA earlier this year, they were pleased to claim bronze and finish on the podium this time.

“It was so close and we were so afraid because we didn’t want to finish fourth again, but everything came together,” said Bouwer.

“We had a good start and then chose the right side. We lost our chance at winning silver in the last few metres, but we are so happy with bronze.

“This week, the boat-to-boat racing has been intense. With everybody so close, you have to be good at that, and you have to be so sharp because every point counts here.”

On their future ambitions, Bouwer added: “We are going into the Nacra 17 together, so we will now spend some time learning the boat.”

Elsewhere, Henri Demesmaeker and Frederique van Eupen (BEL), level on points with the Dutch sailors before the final race, could only finish eighth, which wasn’t enough for a medal.

The Kiteboarding class managed to complete the first of two semi finals in both the Boy’s and the Girl’s fleets, heading out onto the water shortly before 15:30.

They will use tomorrow’s reserve day to complete the second semi final, before racing the Petit final (which will determine fifth to eighth place) and the main winner-takes-all Final to crown the Youth Olympic champion.

Racing continues at 10:00 local time on Sunday 14th October – an earlier start for the Kiteboarders to take advantage of better wind conditions in the morning.

Official Draw Reveals Line-ups For 82 Boxers Going For Youth Olympic Glory in Buenos Aires

Official Draw reveals line-ups for the 82 boxers going for the Youth Olympic glory in Buenos Aires

Saturday afternoon at the Buenos Aires’ Oceania Pavilion saw 82 names from 38 countries go into the draw for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with all boxers born in 2000 or 2001. The five-day tournament, running from 14-18 October, not only provides the springboard to the Elite level, but an amazing view on the new generation of boxing champions.

“Youth competitions are always special for AIBA as the development of our grassroots is a central part of our DNA. And the Youth Olympic Games are even more unique because they also represent a wonderful opportunity for our young women and men boxers to learn and display the Olympic and AIBA values” said AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets.

This edition of the Youth Olympics will feature for the first time four women weight categories and nine men classes, and will witness the sport’s biggest hopes going toe-to-toe for the Youth Olympic glory.

On the women’s side of the draw, all eyes will be on two-times AIBA Youth World Champion, Heaven Garcia (51 kg) whose results this year prove she is coming to Buenos Aires with only the gold in mind. Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois (60 kg) will also be one to watch as she aims to keep her undefeated record safe and become Youth Olympic champion.

The men’s side of the draw can potentially bring an expected flyweight clash (52kg) between Great Britain’s Ivan Hope and Brazil’s hope Luiz Oliveira, who will try to emulate his grandfather 50 years after Servilio Oliveira clinched the first Olympic medal for the Carioca country.