Businesswoman, Staveley, bids to takeover Newcastle United click here By Emmanuel Onminyi, Indications emerged that one of United Kingdom most successful businesswoman, Amanda Staveley, and her PCP Capital Partners, made a 300 million pounds bid to takeover Newcastle United.

go Although the figure of the bid is still subjected to approval, both parties, for over a month, have been in talks for a possible takeover after the club’s owner, Mike Ashley. opened up on the need to sell the club which he bought in 2007 at 134.4 million pounds. However, the 44-year-old Amanda whose financial advisory firm, PCP Capital Partners, helped broker the sale of Manchester City from Thaksin Shinawatra to current owners Sheik Mansour in 2009, fueled speculations of Newcastle’s takeover when she appeared at St. James’ Park for the Magpies’ one all draw against Liverpool on October 1.

go Known as Britain’s ‘most glamorous financier’, Amanda looks most certain to take over the reigns at Newcastle if Ashley finally decides to sell, as there are no bids from any other party.

Lagos discloses plans on school sports championships

Buy Autodesk Alias Design 2018 oem By Olawale Abdul-fatah dissertation l euthanasie The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Sports, Deji Tinubu, has disclosed that five school championships in swimming, table tennis, cricket, scrabble and gymnastics would be held before the end of 2017 to discover and groom talents that would represent the state in different sporting events. He said that any young talent discovered during the various championships would be groomed and provided with training facilities that aid their preparation for future tournaments. Speaking with newsmen in his office, Tinubu explained that the championships would increase activities in Lagos Sporting Arena in line with the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode’s passion to identify young athletes and give them a chance to exhibit their God-given talents. football research paper “We will be having Championships in Swimming, Table Tennis, Cricket, Scrabble and Gymnastics, an initiative designed to open up the Sporting Facilities in Lagos to the public,” he stated.

“We want to bring sports development to the schools as it is within this school environment that genuine and proper grassroots sports development can take its roots,” the Special Adviser added.

IAAF announces date for 2017 award, holds 212th Council meeting help writing a book By Emmanuel Onminyi

The International Association of Athletics Federations, (IAAF), has concluded plans to confer award on the best athletes for 2017,  as part of its strategy to celebrate their achievements and contributions to an unforgettable year.

According to IAAF, the ceremony would afford the organisation to host over 80 world’s best athletes, from which the most outstanding would be selected.

Some of the athletes expected at the event includes Mutaz Barshim, Ekaterini Stefanidi, Yulimar Rojas, Elijah Manangoi, Hellen Obiri, Luvo Manyonga, Maria Lasitskene and other champions produced in 2017.

IAAF, on Monday, noted that the event scheduled for November 24 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, France, would serve as an opportunity to appreciate the athletes contribution to the sport.

Awards in various categories would be given, including Men’s and Women’s Athletes of the year, IAAF Rising Star Awards, Coaching Achievement Award, Women’s Award and President’s Award. The winner of the inaugural Athletics Photograph of the Year competition will also be announced at the event.

Meanwhile, the IAAF would hold it 212th council meeting on November 25 and 26, 2017. The meeting will focus on the activities of body and its upcoming events. Also, it would review the report on Russia’s doping scandal as the athletics calendar comes to a close.


Valencia holds second spot, as Madrid teams struggle

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The Spanish football club, Valencia FC, performance has continuously pose threat to hopes of FC Barcelona clinching the Spanish La Liga early, as the team maintained a close chase on the Catalonian club.

Aside the hot chase, the team performance has also earned it a firm hold of second spot on the league table, relegating Real Madrid and their neighbours, Atletico Madrid, who have encountered slip in the first half of the season

Valencia, who last tasted glory in the 2003/04 season, are four points behind league leaders, Barcelona, and the Catalans have won 11 and draw out of their 12 La liga matches this season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has backed his player amidst speculations that Cristiano Ronaldo could be sold for the signature of Neymar.

Zidane argued that his team would find their bearing and defending their title, even as they were ten points behind leaders, Barcelona, and trails Valencia by six points

Atletico, on the other hand, have failed to put pressure on the league leaders as they have equally struggled with their form.

The 2013/14 La liga champions are on the brink of getting knocked out of the Champions League group stage, but coach of the side, Diego Simeone, believes that his players will find their feet and revive their season campaign.

Real and Atletico recently played a goaless draw at Atletico’s new stadium, Metropolitano, ensuring that Barcelona opens a ten point gap between both Madrid teams, who are both on 24 points.

Ambode drops Tinubu as sports commission boss, appoints replacement

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has relieved the state Sports Commission chairman, Deji Tinubu, of his duties, citing his ineffectiveness in the office, barely two years after his appointment.

Sources said that the governor asked Tinubu, who was also appointed Special Adviser on Sports, to vacate the sports commission office, because he had not been able to meet his demands in the commission.

It was gathered that the reshuffle made at the commission by the governor yesterday was expected to take effect next week when all parties would resume in office.

The source added that a former Director of Sports, Lagos State Sports Council, Kweku Tandoh, was appointed by the governor to take over as the new head of the Lagos State Sports Commission.

Ambode also appointed former Executive Secretary, Lagos State Sports Endowment Funds, Babatunde Bank-Anthony, as the Director General of the Commission.

It is also understood that some other changes have been approved by Mr. Ambode in the board of Lagos State Sports Commission. ‎Details of such have not been made public.

Four Nigerians qualify for 2018 Commonwealth game By Omodara Saheed

Four Nigerians, who are weightlifters under Nigerian Weightlifting Federation (NWF), have qualified for 2018 Commonwealth Games scheduled for Gold Coast in Australia, the qualification which was pronounced after the lifters understanding performances at a just concluded champion game in Uganda.

The commonwealth game qualified lifters, Monica Uweh, Fatima Yakubu, Michael Anyalechi and Favour Agboro, made the list of athletes who would be competing in the game after their qualification at recent African Junior Championships in Uganda.

It was reported that the Nigerian lifters won a total of 18 medals comprising 13 gold, four silver and one bronze at the championships in Uganda.

The Secretary-General, NWF, Umar Lambu, said that their performance had also led to an improvement in their ranking, adding that, the qualification was good for Nigeria.

He disclosed, on Monday,  that October Commonwealth Ranking placed Uweh at ninth position in women’s 48kg category, Yakubu was ranked 12th in the women’s 53kg and Anyalechi had seventh in the men’s 85kg category.

“Agboro who was also at 16th in the men’s 62kg category,’’

IPC upholds Russia suspension ahead Winter Paralympics

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has upheld the ban of Russia athlete, which means they remains suspended from competing at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

The IPC made the decision on Wednesday with a further review later this year, but said that athletes could compete under a neutral banner ahead Paralympics begin in South Korea on 8 March, 2018.

Russia was banned from all Paralympic competition by the IPC in August 2016 after revelations of systematic doping.

The IPC would conduct another review in November after the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) Foundation board meeting and two scenarios are possible.

The ban could be lifted, in which case Russian athletes who have qualified would be free to compete for their country at the 2018 Games, or the ban could be continued.

In the case of the ban being continued – it would be up to the newly elected IPC governing board, with a new president to be elected on Friday, to decide whether select athletes could compete at the Winter Paralympics as neutral athletes.

In the interim period, Russian athletes can compete as neutrals in qualification events across four sports – alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboard.

In December 2016, the IPC created an independent taskforce which has set the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) a number of conditions that must be met before their athletes can return to competitive disability sport events run by the IPC.

In an update to the IPC governing board on Sunday the taskforce highlighted that seven key measures still need to be met before it is able to recommend the reinstatement of the RPC.

Outgoing IPC president, Philip Craven, said both the IPC governing board and IPC taskforce were impressed and encouraged by the progress the Russian Paralympic Committee had made in meeting the reinstatement criteria since May.

However, the chair of the IPC taskforce, Andy Parkinson, added that there were still major concerns regarding the provision of an official response from the Russian authorities that adequately addresses the findings in the initial McLaren report.

American distance runner, Torrence, found dead inside pool

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Peruvian-American middle-distance runner, David Torrence, has been confirmed dead after being pulled from a swimming pool at a condominium complex in Arizona.

The 31-year-old Torrence, who represented Peru at the 2016 Summer Olympics, came to Scottsdale a few weeks ago to train was pronounced  dead at the scene by City firefighters.

Staff members at the Center Court Condominiums in Scottsdale called 911 about 7:30 a.m. yesterday after seeing a man at the bottom of the pool.

Police are investigating the death, however said that there are no obvious signs of foul play.

Meanwhile, the cause of death would be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

American indoor record holder in the 1000 meters was born in Okinawa, Japan but was raised in California and ran track at Cal-Berkeley.


Arbitration court upholds life ban on three athletics officials over alleged doping cover-up

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The Sports highest tribunal Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed life bans on three top athletics officials over an alleged doping cover-up.

Son of IAAF ex-president Lamine Diack, Papa Massata Diack, former head of the Russian athletics federation, Valentin Balakhnichev and the country’s former head distance coach, Alexei Melnikov, had their appeals dismissed.

They were charged in December 2015 with multiple breaches of anti-doping rules relating to Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova.

“The IAAF Ethics Commission decision is confirmed and Valentin Balakhnichev, Alexei Melnikov and Papa Massata Diack remain banned for life from any involvement in the sport of athletics,” said CAS in announcing its verdict on Monday.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it welcomed the Cas ruling and IAAF president, Lord Coe added: “The ruling sends a clear message that anyone who attempts to corrupt our sport will be brought to justice.”

In a 170-page report, the independent IAAF ethics commission panel ruled Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov conspired to “blackmail” Shobukhova to cover up her doping violations by her paying them “bribes” of about £435,000.

Diack and Balakhnichev, a former president of the Russian athletics federation and IAAF treasurer, were fined £17,000 while Russian coach Melnikov was fined £10,000.

In December, Diack told reporters that he totally rejects the blackmail allegations, saying: “There was no extortion of funds from any athlete.”

Investment in sports crucial to winning competitions-Ambode

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Apparently concern by dismal performance of Nigerian athletes at 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world championship,

The Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has stressed importance of adequate investment in sports as necessary impetus that can aid Nigerian athletes to excel at every competition.

Ambode’s reaction came as curtain is drawn on 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World championship in London, where Nigerian athletes failed to win any medal.

The governor made the remarks while speaking to journalists at end of Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open held at Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, tagged Lagos 2017.

He said government and all stakeholders must now invest more in sports to take the country to its rightful place in the world of sports.

Ambode expressed excitement at the successful hosting of the tournament which attracted Table Tennis stars from 22 countries, saying that the development was gratifying and in line with his vision to use sports as a catalyst for growth and development of the economy.

“We are very happy to have hosted this competition. This is the fourth edition and you can see that this year’s competition has actually attracted more people and then more countries. The idea is to use sports as a catalyst for the growth and development of the economy.

“It is also a catalyst for tourism and it is my strong believe that we must continue to support sports as a means of allowing us to develop the mental capabilities of younger ones and Lagos State is ready to do that,” he added

When asked whether he was disappointed that no Nigerian qualified for the finals of the competition, Ambode said on the contrary, he was not disappointed but that the development called for greater investment in sports.

“I am not disappointed at all about that. It’s called Nigerian open and so it’s open to everybody and again we had Nigerians in the semifinal. So, we need to do more work and then more coaching and also develop sports. Government has to support sports thoroughly if you want to see Nigerians in the finals.

“I mean you can see the level of skill-set that the Egyptians displayed here and if we say we are giant of Africa, we have to prove it in all ramifications. So, my believe is that government has to spend more time and money in developing sports in this country,” Ambode added.

Speaking on plans for the competition next year, the Governor promised to increase the price money and also the number of participating countries, saying that as the destination for sports in Africa, Lagos must lead the way in promoting sporting tournaments.

“For me, I am going to scale up the price money to attract more people to come for this competition. So next year, you will see more price money and then more countries participating in the competition. Lagos is the destination for sports in Africa and that is the only way we have to go,” the Governor said.

The overall winner of the competition, Assar Omar from Egypt, went home with $5,000, while the first runner up, Gandhi Sarthak from India went home with $2,300.