Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Ninety athletes to represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Australia

A total of 90 athletes from 10 federations and 43 team officials will represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.   The federations are Athletics, Basketball, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Boxing, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Para table tennis, Para Athletics and Para Powerlifting.   Athletics have the largest contingent of 37 athletes comprising 17 male and 20 female athletes. Three athletes including Divine Oduduru will [...]

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    Nigeria’s bobsled team will shock the world at Beijing 2022, says Dalung

Nigeria’s bobsled team will shock the world at Beijing 2022, says Dalung

Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, says Nigeria's bobsled team will win a medal in future Winter Olympics. The trio of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere represented Nigeria at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, North Korea. They became the first African team to qualify for the event, eventually placing 20th in the bobsled competition. Dalung described their participation in the tournament [...]

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    Toriola rues Nigerian poor preparation for Commonwealth Games — want autonomy for sports federations

Toriola rues Nigerian poor preparation for Commonwealth Games — want autonomy for sports federations

Nigeria's seven time Olympian, Segun Toriola rues the poor preparation of the country's athletes for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 43-year-old who is eyeing eight Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan says that the country has never had it so good when it comes to preparation for major tournaments like the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. “I don’t know why things cannot change in [...]

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Former FCT sports director emerges as para-athletics federation president as Buhari’s SA is disqualified

Geoffrey Ogu, former director of sports in the Federal capital territory emerged as the president of Para-Athletics Federation of Nigeria (PAFN) in a keenly contested election for seven para-sports federations on Thursday.     Ogu defeated closest rival, Ameobi Chikwendu with just a vote- where the winner got six votes.     Sunday Ankali, special assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari on disabled persons was disqualified after [...]

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    EXTRA: At 53, ‘urban gorillas’ still call me a small boy, says Dalung

EXTRA: At 53, ‘urban gorillas’ still call me a small boy, says Dalung

Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, says though he is 53 years old, “urban gorillas” still see him as a small boy. The minister described “urban gorillas” as those in charge of the country’s political machinery. He accused them of manipulating the system. The minister spoke while addressing officials of the permanent mission, Nigeria House in New York. He was in New [...]

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    Dalung: FG opening up political space to accommodate Nigerian youth

Dalung: FG opening up political space to accommodate Nigerian youth

Solomon Dalung, the minister of youth and sports development, says the federal government will open up the political space to accommodate young people ahead of the 2019 elections. The minister said this in New York while presenting a paper on: ‘The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient communities’. Addressing participants at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) youth forum at [...]

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    Super Eagles to get World Cup allowances in March, says Dalung

Super Eagles to get World Cup allowances in March, says Dalung

Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, says the World Cup allowances of the Super Eagles will be paid in March, three months before the tournament begins. He said it is imperative to pay the allowances upfront to boost the confidence of the Nigerian team. Dalung made this known Tuesday after the 2018 budget defence before the house of representatives committee on [...]

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    Dalung: Buhari said Super Eagles must not go to Russia as spectators

Dalung: Buhari said Super Eagles must not go to Russia as spectators

Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, says President Muhammadu Buhari has charged him to ensure the Super Eagles perform well at the World Cup. Dalung said the president expects the Nigerian national team to continue its successful run in 2018. The minister made this known at the weekend after a meeting with the president at the presidential villa, Abuja. "The president encouraged [...]

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    Dalung: FG erred… NFF board members are elected, not appointed

Dalung: FG erred… NFF board members are elected, not appointed

Solomon Dalung, the minister for youth and sports, has urged football stakeholders to remain calm over some appointments into the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board by the federal government. Dalung, in the statement released by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, his special assistant on media, said the appointment of members into the NFF board by government was an oversight. “By virtue of their (NFF) statutes, [...]

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    Eagles are underdogs but they’ll make a statement, says Dalung on World Cup

Eagles are underdogs but they’ll make a statement, says Dalung on World Cup

Solomon Dalung, the minister of youths and sports, says Nigeria is prepared to make a statement at Russia 2018, adding that Friday’s draw was a decent one. Nigeria on Friday drew Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D of the World Cup's first round phase. It was the fifth time Nigeria were being drawn alongside Argentina in Super Eagles’ six appearances at [...]

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    Wike says Buhari needs ministers like Dalung

Wike says Buhari needs ministers like Dalung

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, says President Muhammadu Buhari needs people like Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, in his cabinet. Dalung has been subjected to criticisms over some controversial remarks but Wike believes he is doing a good job Speaking when the minister paid a courtesy call on him at the government house in Port Harcourt, the state capital, [...]

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Russia 2018: Buhari saves Nigeria 7 billion naira, says Dalung

  Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports development is counting the gains of Nigeria's qualification for the FIFA 2018 World Cup slated for Russia in June.   Dalung revealed that Nigeria was saved the sum of seven billon naira as there was no need to set up a presidential task force committee as previously used at World cup campaigns.   The minister also stated [...]

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    More funds needed to develop sports in Nigeria, Dalung tells lawmakers

More funds needed to develop sports in Nigeria, Dalung tells lawmakers

Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, on Wednesday called on the national assembly to allocate more funds to sports in Nigeria. Dalung made the call in Abuja while receiving the victorious Nigeria Scrabble Federation National Team from the World English Scrabble Players Association Championship (WESPAC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The team was led by its president, Suleiman Gora. According to Dalung, in the [...]

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    Dalung: Joshua’s defeat of Takam will confirm Nigeria’s superiority over Cameroon

Dalung: Joshua’s defeat of Takam will confirm Nigeria’s superiority over Cameroon

Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun state governor and Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, will be at the ringside to support Anthony Joshua when he fights Carlos Takam on Saturday. The unified IBF and WBA challenge will take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, is also on the federal government's entourage. Nneka Anibeze, special adviser [...]

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    Buhari will host D’Tigress during FEC meeting, says Dalung

Buhari will host D’Tigress during FEC meeting, says Dalung

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday host Afrobasket championship winners D'Tigress during the federal executive council meeting. This was made known by Solomon Dalung, minister of sports, when he received the team at the media center of the National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday. Dalung said Buhari will "receive our champions tomorrow morning during the federal executive council," adding that "this is the demonstration [...]

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    Peace Corps will save Nigeria from criminality, says Dalung

Peace Corps will save Nigeria from criminality, says Dalung

Solomon Dalung, minister of youths and sports, says assent to the Peace Corps bill will save Nigeria from "criminality." Dalung said this when he received the harmonised version of the bill from Dickson Akoh, commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, on Wednesday. The minister said he loses sleep over jobless youths on street. He said if the country does not invest in [...]

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