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Ejidike Reveals Big Plans For Nigerian Sports…Congratulates Boxing Champion Larry Ekundayo

Nigeria’s Pillar Of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike has disclosed his plans to help lift Nigerian sports, particularly, at the grassroots level.

In a chat with the press, the businessman cum philanthropist was upbeat about the potentials of the average Nigerian athlete, which he describes as immense.

Donatus Agu Ejidike

Ejidike who is also a board member of the Nigeria Karate Federation revealed that the office of the Nigeria Pillar Of Sports is set to organise a national karate championship that would be spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“I understand that sports in Nigeria is yet to hit the desired heights. Therefore, I am determined to continue to contribute my quota to the growth of Nigerian sports,” Ejidike stated.

“The next Olympics is just around the corners. We need to have our athletes ready and well motivated. My office is bent on ensuring that this country is well represented at continental and global sports events. As we shall soon roll out plans to help uplift our sports,” he said.

Ejidike went on to express his happiness on the impressive strides of Nigerian athletes in various sporting events. He was particularly, effusive in praises for Nigerian born, UK based IBF welterweight boxing champion Larry Ekundayo, on his recent achievements.

IBF Champion Larry Ekundayo

“I have always maintained that our country is blessed in all of its ramifications. And the recent achievements of Larry Ekundayo as a boxer, further attests to what we can achieve as a people.

“We must rally to encourage such Nigerians to achieve their dreams. I want to implore well meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to to support our athletes. We shouldn’t leave the development of our sports and athletes to government alone,” Ejidike further stated.

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Senegal Recommended To The IOC Session As Host of Youth Olympic Games 2022

The IOC Executive Board (EB) today made the decision to propose Senegal as host for the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022. The host will be elected by the IOC Session in Buenos Aires. This proposal is based on the report of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC Vice-President Uğur Erdener, who said:

“The IOC was fortunate to have four quality partners representing the African continent in the YOG 2022 Host Selection Process. All four candidates have the capability of delivering successful Youth Olympic Games and offer many opportunities:

Botswana, the smallest of the four candidate countries, proposed a compelling project based in the capital Gaborone that would help achieve the country’s long-term vision for young people and sport.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, proposed a very solid and compact project in the capital Abuja, a project also fully aligned with the national sports and youth strategy.

Tunisia presented a robust project involving Tunis, La Soukra, Radès and the seaside tourist resort of Yasmine-Hammamet. The project’s vision is in line with the government’s goal to empower young people.”

In taking its decision, the IOC EB recognised that Senegal offers a strong project and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time.

The candidature is centred on three locations: the capital city, Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly. Senegal’s project is tied in with the West African country’s overarching development strategy, notably the national government’s “Emerging Senegal’’ plan, which envisions major economic and infrastructure improvements.

IOC President Thomas Bach
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IOC President Thomas Bach said, “It is time for Africa…Africa is the home of many successful and prominent Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to Senegal. They have offered a project based on a strong vision for youth and sport. There are many opportunities, and we will endeavour to deliver together, as part of a strong partnership, visionary, responsible and inspiring Youth Games”.

In PyeongChang, the IOC Session in February this year unanimously decided that the next edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2022 would be awarded to the African continent.

The process has been collaborative, and the IOC was impressed by the quality and thoroughness of each party’s submissions. The IOC would like to particularly praise the level of involvement and positive response of all four NOCs and the public authorities concerned.

The Youth Olympic Games 2022 in Africa will make history as the first Olympic event on the continent. The Host Selection Process was shorter than previous processes, and reduced cost and complexity for the Interested/Candidate Parties.

Considering the unifying power of the Games, the IOC is pleased to count on the four parties, which all promised to endorse the decision of the IOC and pledged full support to the selected host.

Following the IOC Session’s endorsement and the signing of the Host Contract in Buenos Aires, Senegal will enter a Co-construction phase with the IOC to build the detailed Senegal 2022 Edition Plan.

The IOC Session will convene on 8-9 October 2018 in Buenos Aires.

30 Days To Go Until The 2018 Youth Olympic Game

With just 30 days to go until the start of the Youth Olympic Games in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, an impressive list of young boxing stars are preparing to launch their Olympic careers. While the Youth Olympic Games combines both competition and cultural exchange, the boxing event itself will run from 14-18 October and will provide an excellent platform for unveiling future champions and propelling them into the Olympic spotlight. The likes of Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Tony Yoka and Robeisy Ramirez and silver medallists Shakur Stevenson and Bektemir Melikuziev started their Olympic careers by triumphing at previous Youth Olympic Games editions.

“The Youth Olympic Games are an excellent opportunity to see our future champions in action.”, said AIBA Interim President Gafur Rahimov. “Last month, at the AIBA Youth Championships, we had the privilege of seeing our best young talents come together. And now these athletes have the opportunity to join the youth of the world to both compete and celebrate Olympism. This is an important step in an athletes’ career, and I hope that our young boxers will come away with an enriched experience.”

The Youth Olympic Games will bring together the world’s most talented athletes born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2001, all of whom have qualified through the AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships in 2017 and the Youth Continental Qualifiers in 2018.

After their triumphant journey in the recent Youth World Championships in Budapest, India’s Nitu Ghanghas and USA’s Heaven Garcia will be some of the boxers to follow on the women’s side of the event; while on the men’s side, the potential line-up between Brazilian Luiz Oliveira and Ivan Price from England on the flyweight category will be an expected bout.

The Competition will cover the following weight categories: Men fly (49kg), bantam (56kg), light (60kg), light welter (64kg), welter (69kg), middle (75kg), light heavy (81kg), heavy (91kg) and super heavy (91+kg) and women fly (51kg), feather (57kg), light (60kg) and middle (75kg) weights.

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games: 11 Nations Making Their Equestrian YOG Debut

A total of 30 highly talented equestrian athletes from six continents have earned their tickets to represent their nations at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) – the world’s largest multi-sport youth event – in Buenos Aires (ARG) next month. And 11 nations will be making their YOG debut.

The athletes, aged between 15 and 18 years, have made the grade after a series of tough global qualifiers, including the FEI World Jumping Challenge series, European and Regional Championships and wider international youth events.

“Representing your country at a young age, at such a prestigious event, is an undeniable honour,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos. “The YOG is a springboard to the Olympic Games and to the FEI World Equestrian Games. The international equestrian community wishes all our YOG athletes the best for this very important equestrian career stepping stone!”

The full list of qualified Youth Olympic Games athletes and their nations, can be viewed here.

Team spirit

Every equestrian athlete at the YOG will have the challenge of competing on borrowed horses, which is a major test of earned trust and combined courage.

The athletes will be introduced to their horses, which have been carefully selected by a group of experts in the months running into the Games, for the very first time on 4 October, just four days before the equestrian events start on 8 October.

All athletes will then compete in the Team competition – with a twist – on 8-9 October followed by the Individual competitions on 12-13 October.

“The YOG teams are composed of athletes from the same continent, so this is not just a test of the ability of our athletes to bond with their horses, but also their capacity to bond with each other as they bid for a team medal,” the FEI President explained.

YOG-tasti – beaming young equestrian smiles expected at YOG 2018 in Buenos Aires, where 30 highly talented equestrian athletes from six continents will compete for Individual and team medals! Pictured here: YOG 2014 individual medallists Emily Fraser (NZL) gold (centre), Martina Campi (ARG) silver (left), Jake Hunter (AUS) bronze (right). (Richard Juilliart/FEI)

Historic venue

The YOG Equestrian events will be held at the historic Club Hipico Argentino, founded in 1909, and nestled in the Buenos Aires’ Green Park district, famous for its forest and lakes.

The YOG Equestrian events will see 30 athletes from 30 nations compete: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, Great Britain, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, South Africa, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eleven National Olympic Committees will be making their YOG debut: Bolivia, Haiti, Hungary, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritius, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zambia.

IOC Commissions Move Towards Gender Equality With New Compositions

The International Olympic Committee today announced the composition of the IOC commissions for 2018, with continued progress towards gender equality.

Women will now occupy 30 more commission positions than last year, reflecting the IOC’s commitment to improve gender equality throughout all levels of sport. In total, 42.7 per cent of the positions across the 26 IOC commissions will now be held by women – a historic high.

This represents an increase of 16.8 per cent in female participation compared to 2017 and an improvement of 98 per cent since 2013.

The changes also include increases in the number of members from Africa and Oceania.

IOC President Thomas Bach
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President Bach said: “The IOC is continuing to increase female participation and geographical representation at every level of the Olympic Movement. We have made significant progress in the past few years and this work will continue. Universality is at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and it is this strength through diversity which unites us all.”

The IOC commissions, in addition to providing assistance to the IOC and to the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, engage in a range of activities throughout the year, contributing to building a better world through sport. Their work supports the Olympic Movement and helps progress in topics such as the development of “Sport for All”; cooperation with public and private organisations to place sport at the service of humankind; the fight against doping; the promotion of sports ethics and fair play; awareness of environmental problems; financial and educational support for developing countries; and many other areas.

Due to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October this year, the IOC commissions’ meetings for 2018 will exceptionally take place from 14 to 20 January 2019. For 2019, the IOC will go back to its previous schedule, with the review of the commissions’ composition in spring and Commissions’ Week to be held in November 2019.

The review of the scope and composition of the IOC commissions was one of the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, which was approved by the 127th IOC Session in December 2014 in Monaco.

A list of all the commissions can be found here.

IOC and Visa Extend Partnership Through to 2032

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Visa Inc. today announced an extension to their global Olympic Partnership through to 2032.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are particularly happy with this extension of our partnership because Visa is one of the founding members of our TOP Programme. Our partnership with Visa demonstrates a shared commitment to the legacy of the Olympic Games and the global Olympic Movement. Visa has always been a driving force for innovation on the world’s stage. On behalf of the IOC, the National Olympic Committees around the world, and the athletes themselves, I would like to thank Visa, its clients and partners for their commitment through to the 2032 Olympic Games.”

“Since 1986, Visa has brought the latest payment innovations and digital experiences to the Olympic Games, all while helping athletes in their quest to achieve greatness,” said Al Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc. “By continuing our support of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games through 2032, we will ensure the next generation of athletes, fans, cardholders and clients are able to get more out of their Olympic experience, and be part of a movement that inspires and unites us all to do great things.”

IOC President Thomas Bach holds a Press Conference in the Lausanne Palace after the Executive Board Meeting on the 3rd May 2018 IOC | Greg Martin

In 1986, Visa became one of the founding members of the Worldwide TOP Partner Programme, and has continuously delivered innovative payment solutions to each Olympic Games. In renewing its sponsorship, Visa will work with the local Organising Committees to ensure a legacy of digital payment advancement in the host country during and beyond the Olympics Games, and continues its support of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Paralympic Games through the IOC-IPC long-term collaboration agreement.

Tsunekazu Takeda, the IOC’s Marketing Commission Chairman, said “Today’s announcement demonstrates both the strength of our enduring partnership with Visa, one of the original founding members of the global TOP programme, as well as the long-term appeal of the Olympic Movement for the world’s leading companies.”

“Visa provides a secure and fast way to pay across merchants, borders and currencies, and the Olympic Games provides an unparalleled opportunity to promote the Visa brand at both a local market level and globally,” said Lynne Biggar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Visa Inc.

QUALIFICATION SYSTEM PUBLISHED FOR OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020

With exactly two years to go until the athletics action gets underway in the Japanese capital, the IAAF has published the qualification system for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The qualification system was approved at the IAAF Council meeting in Buenos Aires last week and includes details of the entry numbers for each discipline and the qualification timeline.

For the 10,000m, marathon, race walks, combined events and relays, the qualification period runs from 1 January 2019 to 29 June 2020. For all other events, the qualification period runs from 1 July 2019 to 29 June 2020.

Athletes can qualify in one of two ways:

• By virtue of their IAAF world ranking position at the end of the qualification period.
• Achieving the entry standard within the qualification period.

Entry standards will be approved and published later this year, but will be set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through the IAAF world rankings pathway.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will open on 24 July with the athletics programme starting on 31 July.

Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved the competition schedule for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, outlining the start and finish times of each session. The more detailed competition schedule, identifying the individual times of specific events, will be announced by the spring of 2019.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) also recently announced an outline of ticket prices for the Games. There are a wide range of prices aimed at allowing as many people as possible to enjoy Olympic events, including millions of tickets at affordable prices, with half of all tickets priced at JPY 8,000 or less. Fans will be able to apply for tickets from the spring of 2019.

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