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Tokyo Olympics: 10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible

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Tokyo Olympics: 10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible

Ten Nigerian athletes have been declared ineligible to compete at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

A statement on Wednesday from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an independent body created by World Athletics that manages all integrity issues – both doping and non-doping – revealed that a total of 18 athletes have been declared ineligible.

Nigeria is the most affected country, not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 for 10 athletes.

The AIU explained that under the framework of Rule 15 governing National Federation Anti-Doping Obligations, which came into force in January 2019, National Federations are accountable for ensuring appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in their respective jurisdictions.

Among other things, the rule sets out minimum requirements for testing for the national teams of ‘Category A’ federations deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport.

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The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than three weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event.

Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.

For the year 2021, the seven identified ‘Category A’ National Federations are Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Ukraine.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, which has been plunged into needless crises in the last 14 months is, thus, highly culpable in this development.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s N925m Bugatti Veyron Involved In Accident

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Cristiano Ronaldo's N925m Bugatti Veyron Involved In An Accident

By John Michael Ojo
A supercar, the Bugatti Veyron belonging to Manchester United and Portugal playmaker, Cristiano Ronaldo has crashed into a house in Majorca, according to reports in Spain on Monday.

The reports disclosed that the crashed car, valued at £1.8million, about N925 million, was one of two cars the five-time Balon D’ Or Winner had shipped over to join him in Majorca.

The incident took place this morning in Palma de Mallorca, in the district of Sa Coma, in Bunyola.

It was also revealed that the 37-year-old former Real Madrid and Juventus star is on the Balearic Island, enjoying a holiday with family before returning to the United Kingdom for pre-season, which begins later this month.

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El Periodico Mediterraneo reports that the Bugatti Veyron was being driven by an employee of the Portuguese superstar, when it crashed into the entrance of a house on Monday morning.

It is understood the driver of the vehicle has suffered no serious injuries, but it is said that there is   extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.

Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of football and holds the record for most goals scored, has a love for supercars and has a fleet valued at around £17m.

In a recent documentary of which his partner Georgina Rodriguez was the subject, fans were given a glimpse at his array of vehicles including a Ferrari 599 GTO, a McLaren Senna and a pair of Rolls-Royces.

 

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AFCON Qualifier: Osimhen Shines As Eagles Thrash Sao Tome 10-0

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Super Eagles of Nigeria broke record as they thrash Sao Tome 10-0. Nigeria’s star player Victor Osimhen scored four in the game with Moffi scoring a brace. The Eagle’s head coach Jose Peseiro secured Nigeria’s biggest win in a competitive match.

 

The Nigerian Super Eagles today made history as they defeated their opponents in their AFCON qualifiers against Sao Tome to maintain a hundred percent record in their group A encounter.

The Eagles attack led by Napoli striker Victor Osihmen, were invisible  throughout  the encounter.

Oshimen opened the flood gate in the 9th minute before setting up Moses Simon and Terem Moffi in the 28th and 43rd minutes respectively to make it 3-0 going into the break.

He added his second for the day in the 48th minute before completing his hat trick in the 65th minute of play.

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The Napoli striker netted his fourth in the 84th minute to make it five goals in the qualifiers already.

FC Lorient forward, Terem Moffi, scored his second in the 60th minute while Oghenekaro Etebo, Dennis Emmanuel and Lokman Ademola also register their own goals.

The Super Eagles have now garnered six points from two games in the qualifiers to top Group A ahead of Guinea-Bissau’s clash with Sierra Leone later in the day.

It is also the biggest win the Eagles has ever had in an international competition in their history.

Next for the Super Eagles is a double header with Guinea-Bissau later in the year.

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the likes of Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles failed to get past the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament played in January/February in Cameroon this year.

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While the Eagles where in group A, current holders Senegal are in Group L with Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Full list:

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sa o Tome e Principe or Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G: Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Dates

May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2
Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4
March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6

 

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