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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.

Qatar on track to welcome the world with just 1,000 days to go until the FIFA World Cup 2022™

* Two out of eight stadiums have been delivered; three more scheduled to open this year
* Infrastructure being developed also includes roads, new metro lines and airport expansion
* FIFA Club World Cup 2019 and 2020 as key operational tests

In exactly 1,000 days, the world will gather again for the biggest football show on Earth – in the most unique setting yet. The compact nature of the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab world will ensure that fans of all 32 teams are always within reach of the eight stunning stadiums, the FIFA Fan Fest™, some world-class museums, Qatar’s desert dunes and, most importantly, each other.

While the eagerly awaited tournament might still feel a long way off for fans, 136 out of 900 qualifying matches have already been played, and the tournament infrastructure can be seen rapidly evolving in and around Doha. Two stadiums are fully operational: Khalifa International and Al Janoub. Three more venues – Education City, Al Rayyan and Al Bayt – will be inaugurated this year, with the remaining three set to be launched well in advance of the tournament.

Brand-new metro lines have also been delivered and successfully transported over 50,000 fans across three games during the FIFA Club World Cup™. New roads and training sites are being completed, the airport expanded and permanent and temporary accommodation will be delivered with the aim of coping with demand while also considering post-event use.

“With 1,000 days to go, Qatar stands where no other host did before. Qatar wants to amaze the world and is on track to achieve it,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be a breakthrough from a social and cultural perspective. It will open the doors of this football-mad region, offering a new perspective to locals and foreigners, bringing people together and serving as a tool for common understanding.”

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), added: “Ten years of our lives, day in, day out, have been dedicated to this tournament. Personally, I can only look forward with excitement, as well as some nerves, but more importantly, conviction that this will be – without a doubt – the best tournament. We are determined to ensure that the first World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world will set a benchmark in the history of hosting major sporting events.”

When it comes to tournament preparations, Qatar and FIFA have been scrutinising the lessons learned from the FIFA Club World Cup, held in December last year, and which will return to the country later in 2020. According to the local authorities, the tournament brought over 50,000 international fans into the country. The event’s official fan zone welcomed 43,000 visitors over the course of the tournament.

Gianni Infantino, The FIFA World Cup 2022, FIFA Club World 2020, Qatar 2020,

“Test events give us a great opportunity to assess new stadiums, work with authorities, integrate and train the teams. That all provides us with an important insight into planning for the World Cup. And as we move closer, planning becomes more operational. The joint venture team we have in Qatar is increasing in size, several teams have already visited Qatar to inspect training facilities, and we are bringing stakeholders closer – our Commercial Affiliates were in Doha last year, and the main broadcasters earlier this year,” said FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) Managing Director, Colin Smith.

“With all our infrastructure projects on track, one of our key priorities now is to shape the fan experience in 2022. We are determined to host a tournament which is welcoming to all and family-friendly, and one that shows our country and region in the most positive light. We learned a lot from the Club World Cup across every functional area and will apply the lessons learned in the 2020 edition and in our 2022 planning,” assured the Chief Executive Officer of the Q22, Nasser Al Khater.

For more information on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, visit FIFA.com/WorldCup . The recently launched event’s Sustainability Strategy is also available here .

Mohamed Moustahsane: Russian Boxing Forum Gives High Standard Of Work For AIBA National Federations

AIBA Interim President Dr Mohamed Moustahsane and AIBA Executive Committee members became guests of second All-Russian Boxing Forum in Kaliningrad. For two days all the 85 Russian regional boxing federation discussed important issues leaded by Secretary General of Russian Boxing Federation, AIBA EC member Mr Umar Kremlev.

Dr Moustahsane claimed he supports the idea of such events for all the AIBA members.

“It’s a pleasure to take part in such united boxing events. Now we see how ABA Continental Forums were born. Mr Kremlev initiated this event in Russia and spread his experience for the whole boxing family. I’d love to see each of our members doing so good with internal communication. Based on that, we will create a powerful foundation of our organisation, which will help us moving forward. I appreciate efforts of Mr Kremlev to inspire other countries to put new developing programs with all the stakeholders”, said Interim President.

He also admit good level of organisation and conducting the event, who gathered around 500 participants and guests.

Mohamed Moustahsane, AIBA Interim President

“We are AIBA Family, we should build bright future for AIBA all together”, added he.

Kremlev, who is also a chair of AIBA Marketing Commission, in his speech to the participants underlined that every boxing leader should start with history of the sport. He also noted that he would be happy to see AIBA National Federations conducting its own local forums.

“I am sure each boxing federation in the world can do much better with such events as forums. You can listen to real problems and offer good solutions. One forum is more effective then dozen of e-mails and phone calls. Leaders should see themselves what is going on in their continent, country or region. And now AIBA has this format as well conducting Continental Forums. It will inspire NFs to progress”, said Mr Kremlev.

Nigeria Players Union Receives World Body Endorsement

Former Nigeria international star winger and President of National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers ( NANPF), Tijani Babangida, MON, continues his drives to give the players’ union the necessary leverage and goodwill network to achieve its objectives for the past and present Nigerian footballers home and diaspora.

Thursday in far way Amsterdam, Holland,at the FIFPRO headquarters, he had a successful deliberations with Stephane Bulkchater, Executive Secretary, FIFPRO Africa division on the ways forward for the players union.

Bulkchater in his welcome address, expressed his satisfaction and happiness with the emergence of Tijani Babangida as NANPF President. He was also quick to commend and endorse the Players’ union pension scheme initiative, amongst its several other plans.

Tijani Babangida
photo credit: Shengolpixs

In his line of advice, he encouraged the Nigeria Players Union to pursue its rights regarding the union entitlements to share from sponsorship and television rights monies received by the football authority and leagues in line with best global practices.

The Africa FIFPRO scribe further advice the union to liase with the Football Federation in ensuring the establishment of the Players Status Committee and National Disputes Resolution Chamber( NDRC). As well as ensuring that a minimum of two national team players be made members of the union’s executive board.

He also disclosed that NANPF shall have the opportunity to participate in the next FIFPRO Africa division congress in March, 2020, to kick start processes of the admission of NANPF into the global players union. As he confirmed that FIFPRO shall attend the Africa Footballers Summit being put together in June 2020, by NANPF.

The highlight of the meeting was the recognition and assurance given by FIFPRO to Tijani Babangida led NANPF, that it is aware of the activities of the union, which are in tandem with the global body expectations.

Speaking with the media on the historic meeting, Babangida, said he was glad that FIFPRO have endorsed the activities and programmes of the foremost Nigeria players union. Adding that the outcome of the meeting would only spur the body to work harder for the benefits of Nigerian footballers.

He went ahead to reiterated the union’s unflinching determination to operate according to the best global practices and of course, deliver on its several life changing and enhancement programmes for NANPF members.

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U23 AFCON: Nigeria’s Amapakabo Picks Nwakali, Awoniyi, 19 Others For Title Defence

Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has named team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, defenders Anthony Izuchukwu, Sincere Seth and Olisah Ndah, midfielders Kelechi Nwakali, Muyiwa Olabiran and Ndifreke Effiong, and forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Orji Okwonkwo in his final list of 21 players to defend the U23 Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt next month.

Nigeria, champions of the second edition of the competition in Senegal four years ago, will seek to retain their title when the third edition of the championship flags off in Cairo on 8th November.

The Olympic Eagles are housed in Group B and will contend with Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and South Africa in that order at the Al Salam Stadium. Hosts Egypt head Group A that also has Ghana, Cameroon and Mali with matches to hold at the Cairo International Stadium.

Nigeria’s first match of the campaign is against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, 9th November.

The top three teams at the eight –nation finals will qualify to represent Africa in the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Amapakabo also picked goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar, defender Josiah Chukwudi, and lively attacking midfielders Ndifreke Effiong, Tom Dele-Bashiru and Sunusi Ibrahim.

Nigeria Olympic Football Team
photo credit: @thenff

21 OLYMPIC EAGLES FOR U23 AFCON TITLE DEFENCE IN EGYPT

Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists); Mohammed Galadima (Nasarawa United); Kingdom Osayi (Giant Brillers)

Defenders: Olisah Ndah (Remo Stars); Samuel Atavti (Esperance FC, Tunisia); Valentine Ozornwafor (UD Almeria, Spain); Sincere Seth (Boluspor FC, Turkey); Josiah Chukwudi (Spartak Tranava, Slovakia); Anthony Izuchukwu (Nest Sotra, Norway); Bitok Stephen (FC Isloch, Belarus)

Imama Amapakabo
photo credit: Sammy Wejinya

Midfielders: Sunusi Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Aliyu Yau Adam (Spartak Jurmala, Latvia); Muyiwa Olabiran (Tambov FC, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (FC Huesca, Spain); Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United); Sunday Faleye (Wacker FC, Austria); Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford FC, England); Azubuike Okechukwu (Basaksehir FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Orji Okwonkwo (Bologna FC, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)

TODAY IN DOHA – DAY EIGHT HIGHLIGHTS AT THE IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS DOHA 2019

This may have been the greatest half-hour in the history of the World Athletics Championships.

In short succession, USA’s Dalilah Muhammad was forced to break the world record for the 400m hurdles to hold off her young compatriot Sydney McLaughlin, hometown favourite Mutaz Barshim leaped a world-leading 2.37m to retain his high jump title in front of an adoring full house, and Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto came from behind to snatch his second successive world title on the finish line in the 3000m steeplechase.

The action was as crowded as the grandstands, which were teeming with life and colour from nations around the world.

The women’s 400m hurdles was always the individual event most likely to deliver a world record in Doha, after Olympic champion Muhammad set a world standard of 52.20 at the US Trials just two months ago.

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The 20-year-old McLaughlin pressed her hard that day, and even harder on this night. They were even through the first 200m, before Muhammad gained a slight but significant lead over the last three hurdles.

She had a couple of metres on her rival coming off the last barrier and that was enough to repel McLaughlin’s late charge. Muhammad crossed the finish line in 52.16, with McLaughlin just 0.07 behind. The younger woman, long tipped for stardom, sliced more than half a second off her personal best to become the second-fastest in history at her first senior World Championships.

Muhammad’s performance earns her a US$100,000 bonus as part of the world record programme supported by QNB.

The excitement of that event had barely dimmed when Qatar’s favourite son, Barshim, took his first attempt at 2.37m and sailed over it to take command of the competition, prompting the biggest roar of the night.

His two remaining competitors, Mikhail Akimenko and Ilya Ivanyuk, both authorised neutral athletes, failed at that height and the world title that all of Qatar had craved was Barshim’s.

This was a remarkable victory given Barshim sustained a career-threatening rupture to his ankle ligaments last year, and had competed only three times since, with a best clearance of 2.27m. But the 2017 World Athlete of the Year put all of that trouble and doubt behind him on a magical night, calling on his inner strength and the energy of his audience to claim the prize.

Akimenko took the silver (2.35m) from his compatriot on countback.

The steeplechasers must also have sniffed the magic in the air as they combined to put on the best race in the history of their event at these championships.

Like Barshim, world champion Kipruto of Kenya had spent most of the past year sidelined with injury but he was so determined to defend his title in Doha that he constructed a swimming pool in his backyard so he could run in the water to aid his recovery.

He returned in August but his form was scratchy and he arrived in Doha with question marks over his preparedness.

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Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali had replaced him as the dominant force on the IAAF Diamond League circuit and other challengers were looming, but Kipruto had revealed the depth of his fighting spirit at last year’s Diamond League final in Zurich where he lost a shoe mid-race but still managed to triumph.

As they approached the final water jump tonight in Doha, Kipruto, El Bakkali and Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma, representing three of the great distance running traditions of Africa, separated themselves from the field.

El Bakkali faltered with 100m remaining and Girma began to stretch away from Kipruto. But the fiesty Kenyan refused to go away, making one last desperate surge as they approached the finish line.

The human eye could not separate them but the electronic clock could, awarding the title to Kipruto by just 0.01 in the fastest time of the year (8:01.35).

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The men’s 400m final had a lot to live up to in this company, but Bahamian Steven Gardiner laid the field to waste, turning on the jets in the home straight to win in a national record of 43.48, which lifted him to sixth on the all-time list.

Cuba claimed the other title on offer tonight inside Khalifa International Stadium as Yaime Perez launched the discus 69.17m to deny her teammate Denia Caballero (68.44m) and the defending world champion Sandra Perkovic (66.72m).

On the roads along Doha’s Corniche, Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi broke away from the field before the half-way point to stride to victory in the men’s 20km race walk. He crossed the line in 1:26:34, finishing comfortably ahead of authorised neutral athlete Vasiliy Mizinov (1:26:49) and Sweden’s Perseus Karlstrom (1:27:00).

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™: A Football Party For All

As Brasília, Goiânia and Vitória/Cariacica gear up to host the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, fans can look forward to catching a glimpse of the most talented young players in the world as ticket sales get underway on 30 August 2019 at 12:00 (midday) Brasília time.

With prices starting at five Brazilian real, tickets will be available in two categories, both of which will provide access to the two matches played in the respective double-header.

Visa cardholders will have an exclusive opportunity to secure their tickets with a 50% discount during the Visa Presale from 30 August at 12:00 (midday) Brasília time, until 9 September at 12:00 (midday) Brasília time.

As of 9 September and until the day of the final on 17 November, fans will be able to apply for tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via FIFA.com/tickets. All tickets purchased by 27 September will benefit from early-bird prices.

“The FIFA U-17 World Cup was a key milestone in my career, just as it was for players like Ronaldinho and Neymar. I can only encourage Brazilian and international fans to secure their tickets and support a new generation of football stars. From a Brazilian perspective, I know what it means to play in a World Cup on home soil and just how important it is to be able to count on the support of the fans. For the fans in the Host Cities, this will be a historic opportunity to see world-class football on their doorstep,” says FIFA Legend and Brazilian goalkeeping great Júlio César, who played at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1995 and will share his views on the tournament with the team delegates who will gather on Thursday for the Team Workshop in Brasília.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™: a football party for all
Photo credit: FIFA

The FIFA U-17 World Cup has long been a breeding ground for some of football’s most gifted players, as besides Júlio César, Ronaldinho and Neymar, the likes of Toni Kroos, Cesc Fàbregas and Landon Donovan all blossomed at the tournament.

While the only official platform on which to secure tickets will be FIFA.com/tickets, fans will also be able to apply for tickets over the counter, in the host stadiums from 23 October until 17 November.

All tickets sold via FIFA.com/tickets will be available for download as e-tickets as of mid-October. Tickets sold over the counter will be delivered to the customer at the time of purchase.

Hosts Brazil will take on Canada in the opening match at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasília on 26 October 2019.

Further details on the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ are available on FIFA.com.