D’Tigress Centre, Evelyn Akhator says qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is a lifelong dream that must come through.
Speaking from her base in Salamanca, Spain where she plies her trade with CB Avenida, the 2019 FIBA Afrobasket winner said Olympics qualification and an outstanding performance is the height of any professional sports man in the national colours.
“It is really important that we qualify. It is the big deal because it is the biggest in the world. It is a big deal for me being my first Olympics. I will love to go and experience it. It will be a huge achievement to go to the Olympics, not just going there but going there to make history”.
When prodded about her preferred OQT venue, Evelyn said Belgium or France would be her destination of choice while remaining optimistic about the team’s chances of picking one of the 10 tickets on offer from the OQT.
“With respect to all the 16 teams, I will possibly love to meet Great Britain, Serbia, maybe Belgium, Spain, Sweden, China and Mozambique in the qualifiers which I believe could brighten our chances of qualification.”
She took out time to appreciate Nigerians who have continued to support the National Team.
The member of the D’Tigress team to the 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Spain where they finished 8th in the world stressed that, “There is no women’s basketball without the fans. It is really great to have people supporting us all the way.
“I see that basketball family keeps growing daily and I really appreciate the fans for supporting us all the way. It is a great energy for us to want to push and see that people are watching women’s basketball”, she concluded.
African Volleyball Confederation “CAVB” has extended the registration for the 2020 Continental Cup to October 14th, 2019 to allow Continental National Federations to participate in the prestigious continental Olympic qualification process.
Thrills will be at the peak again as the third edition of the Continental Cup gets underway in a short time to determine the African representatives in both men and women categories.
The CAVB Continental Cup is the African Qualification towards the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The competition is divided into 3 phases: Sub-Zonal, 2nd Round Phase and Finals.
The 3 phases would take place from Mid November 2019 till 30th of June 2020. Each National Federation can compete in the Men’s Event only, Women’ Event only OR both genders.
This Competition is played in Country vs. Country Format, each National Federation must compete with 2 teams per gender. The Match Format will be Best of 3 matches, a golden Set will be played for the deciding match.
Ahead of the first round of the African qualifying race for the Women’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby has invited 30 players to start a camping programme in Abuja as from Thursday, 8th August.
Nigeria has been drawn to face Algeria in the first round of the qualifying fixtures, with both legs of the fixture to be concluded between 26th August and 3rd September 2019.
The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that the return leg of fixture, which first leg will be in Algeria, will take place at the Agege Stadium, Lagos – one of the venues inspected by a FIFA team on Tuesday as possible host venue of the 10th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup that Nigeria is bidding to host next year.
All invited players are expected to arrive at the Chida Hotel, Abuja on Thursday, 8th August.
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Alaba (Bayelsa Queens); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Delta Queens); Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)
The IAAF Council has approved the qualification system and entry standards for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the timetables for three World Athletics Series events to be held in 2020, at its meeting in Doha today.
In the first session of the two-day meeting, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani welcomed the IAAF Council to Doha, which will host the IAAF World Athletics Championships from September 27 to October 6 this year.
HE Sheikh Joaan, the president of the Local Organising Committee, emphasised his and the country’s commitment to staging a world-class athletics championship in Doha later this year. He also reiterated the work the Doha 2019 Organising Committee is undertaking to put operational plans in place and prepare for the Asian Athletics Championships in April, which will be a test event for the World Championships
Olympic qualification and entry standards
Athletes will have more opportunities to achieve the Olympic entry standards under the new system, which extends the qualification window by two months for most events. This will start on 1 May 2019 (instead of 1 July 2019), to include more international competitions such as the IAAF Diamond League, and end on 29 June 2020.
The qualification period for the marathon and 50km race walk will close at the end of May 2020 (instead of 29 June), to give the qualified athletes more time to prepare specifically for the Games.
After extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the Council has decided to introduce a dual qualification system, combining both the entry standards and the new World Ranking System, to determine which athletes are eligible for Olympic selection in 2020.
Under this new qualification process, an athlete can qualify for the 2020 Olympics in one of two ways:
• Achieve the entry standard within the respective qualification period
• Qualify by virtue of his/her IAAF World Ranking position in the selected event at the end of the respective qualification period.
The process is designed to achieve about 50 percent of the target numbers for each event through Entry Standards and the remaining 50 percent through the IAAF World Ranking System.
The IAAF consulted with the Competition, Athletes’ and Coaches’ Commissions prior to this decision and will continue working with the Athletes’ Commission, the Athletes Representatives (ARs) and the Member Federations (MFs) to ensure the qualification system is well understood. Workshops will be scheduled with athletes, ARs and MFs during this year.
The timetables were approved for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, and the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
IAAF World Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020
The Council approved the timetable as detailed in this PDF.
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020
The Council approved the timetable as follows:
The ISSF President Vladimir Lisin paid visit to the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, where he held a series of meetings in connection with the preparations for the Olympic Shooting competitions.
The ISSF delegation discussed several important topics with representatives of the Organising Committee’s Sports Department, transportation, venue management, accommodation, procurement, sport presentation and other services.
Following the important tendency to reduce Organisers’ expenses, several proposals were made to reduce the costs for the construction of facilities and for the Test Event.
The ISSF delegation pointed out a good way of planning preparations to the Games, and agreed upon joint efforts with the Organising Committee in order to achieve the desired results.
The ISSF President also held meetings with the Presidents of the National Rifle Association of Japan (NRAJ) Mr. Kiichiro Matsumaru and of the Japan Clay Target Shooting Association (JCTSA) Mr. Yoshihiro Takahashi, and thanked them for the warm, friendly atmosphere and the optimistic mood enjoyed during the visit of the ISSF delegation.
The positive outcome of the visit were confirmed during a meeting with Mr. Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.
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.”
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.