The newly elected Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Board under the leadership of Tijjani Umar wishes to make it known that it has followed due process to the letter in conducting its affairs including the election of 12 June, 2017. The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) is in custody of the NBBF ratified Constitution and the election […]
Elections into the boards of the National Sports Federations will tentatively hold on May 30, 2017. The amended guidelines released at the weekend and co-signed by the acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth Abdulrasaq Salau and the Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Tunde Popoola state that a Congress for the election […]
The guidelines for the 2017 elections into National Sports Federations have been amended. The tenure of Presidents of National Federations has now been extended to 12 years as against the earlier proposed two terms of 8years. This is one of the decisions taken after a meeting of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Nigeria […]
Minister for Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has charged the technical departments of Sports Federations taking part in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio to maximize team spirit in their quest to achieve success at the games. The Minister gave the charge when he met with coaches and secretaries of the five federations whose […]
A Brazil- based hospitality project CASA da Africa has been presented to the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung. CASA da Africa is to cater to Nigeria and all the 54 participating African countries at the Olympic Games in Rio in business cooperation through a partnership by the Association of National Olympic […]
The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has described his delegation’s visit to Rio, venue of the forthcoming Olympic Games as indispensable .
Barrister Dalung made the remark after a three day visit of facilities in Rio to be used by Nigerian athletes during the games.
A five man delegation comprising the minister, President and Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel and Tunde Popoola, as well as the Director General of the National Sports Commission Alhassan Yakmut and the Director Federations and Elite Athletes Department Mrs Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi had visited facilities and the games village where Nigerian athletes will be residing throughout the games.
According to the Minister, the visit was necessary to enable the ministry to plan ahead for the games.
“Nigeria will be taking part in just a few sports and the venues are scattered all over Rio. Our visit to the various venues, some of which are ninety percent ready, was very essential to enable us to plan for our athletes. What we saw gave us a first hand information on what to expect in terms of movement, arrivals, accreditation and distance between games venues and athletes village as well as mode of transportation”.
The delegation which was also scheduled for inspection of facilities with the Malaysian delegation visited the Riocentro Convention Centre which will host Badminton, table tennis and weightlifting events as well as the Carioca Arena 1&2 which will host basketball, judo and wrestling.
The delegation also visited the Maracana Stadium which will host the opening and closing ceremonies and football matches
and the Olympic Stadium for track and field events.
On the last day, there were presentations on NOC relations and services, sports entries, arrival and departure of athletes and officials, accommodation, ticketing, accreditation, hospitality House, medical services and dignitaries.
The Rio Olympic Games start from August 5 – 21 2016. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including Kosovo and South Sudan for the first time, will take part in the 31st Olympiad.
Nigeria will compete in athletics, canoeing, table tennis, men’s football, wrestling, power lifting and men’s basketball.
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World’s basketball governing body, FIBA Sports Director Lubomir Kotleba has said that Nigeria has the best potential to lead the rest of Africa in basketball if all the stakeholders could rededicate themselves to the service and development of the game.
Kotleba, a retired veteran FIBA super-referee, arrived Abuja for meetings with the NBBF and Nigerian sports authorities in respect of FIBA’s ‘New Governance structure” New Competition Calendar’ and the ‘National Federations Support and Development’ Initiative, disclosed to basketball stakeholders in Abuja Sunday that Angola had hitherto benefitted from the administrative and infrastuctural advantage it had,noting that is now over with the recent organizational progress and successes recorded by Nigeria.
“Nigeria players are very skillful and also have the best possible basketball bodies . You have enormous potentials, which if properly harnessed, will make you the leading nation in Africa and with what i see today, there is no reason for you to dominate Africa,like Angola did,for the next 20 years”, he said.
“The Angolans told me that they know the potentials of Nigeria in the game but that what has been working for them is the tremendous funding support from government as against the Nigerians,” he disclosed.
He therefore admonished all the sport’s stakeholders to support the current leadership which he described as “strong and focused” in order to put Nigerian basketball where it ought to be on the continent.
The FIBA Sports Director who took time to watch games of the Abuja Elite Private Secondary Schools Basketball Classics at the outdoor courts of the Abuja National Stadium also interacted with various stakeholders of the basketball family to find out how they operate and advised them on how to give their best in their areas of specialization.
Before his departure Tuesday, NBBF president, Tijjani Umar had led Mr. Kotleba on courtesy calls to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) president, Engr. Habu Gumel, his predecessor and former sports minister, Engr. Sani Ndanusa as well as the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Al-Hassan Yakmut.
The three administrators thanked him for visiting the NBBF, which they described as the reference point for sports federations in Nigeria and appealed to FIBA to support basketball in Nigeria to enable NBBF sustain the many successes it recorded in
Former Nigeria Olympic Committee President, Engr Sani Ndanusa has been elected into the Sports Committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Ndanusa, the Nigeria Tennis Federation boss, defeated William Blick, the President of Ugandan Commonwealth Games Association by 8-4 votes at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ndanusa, who travelled to the AGM together with NOC boss Engr. Habu Gumel, described his victory as extraordinary and unprecedented as he was unavailable at the poll due to his flight being delayed in Dubai.
“We were scheduled to fly direct to Auckland, New Zealand but we encountered some delay in Dubai as we were not having transit visa of Australia, which took some time before it was resolved.
“We realized that we won’t be able to reach New Zealand on time and we called the Secretariat to explain to them that we will be arriving late, the CGF Executive Board agreed that the election should go on and Ndanusa can contest in abstentia by the time we landed in Auckland, New Zealand, the election had been held and we were told that I won,” stated Ndanusa.
He also who pointed out that the manner at which he was elected showed a strong goodwill among African Commonwealth Games Association Presidents.
He commended the National Sports Commission (NSC) under the leadership of Dr. Alhassan Yakmut for the resolve to develop Nigerian administrators in international sport politics which the country has been lacking.
He was also full of praise for Engr. Habu Gumel for his support at making sure that Nigeria becomes more relevant in global sports politics.
A grassroots oriented soccer project, ‘Football Across Anambra’ has commenced the distribution of football training kits to over 100 amateur clubs in the 21 Local Government Areas of the State.
The programme which is one of the cardinal points in the manifesto of Olisa Aniunoh, an Anambra State Football Association chairmanship aspirant is targeted at developing the game of football across the state by supporting clubs and players with football kits.
Presenting sets of training kits and footballs to one of the clubs, Smith City Fc of Awka in the State Capital, Aniuno, popularly known as Acada, said his vision is to take football to all the nooks and crannies of the State.
Aniuno who was recently co-opted as a member of the Sports for All Committee by the Nigeria Olympic committee (NOC) said the ‘Football Across Anambra’ initiative was the vehicle he wishes to use in driving football in the state to the desired destination.
“What we want to do is to bring back the excitement that football is noted for and as you know in Anambra state for many years, little or nothing has been happening, not that we don’t have clubs but the incentives and the push is not there so what we are trying to do is to rejig it and make sure the excitement gets to all the nooks and crannies of the State”.
“I am committed to making sure that football is developed in Anambra state and by the grace of God based on the connections that we have if given the opportunity to serve as FA chairman of Anambra we hope that next time we are coming under that platform we should be able to come with more because we have the contacts outside Nigeria that are willing to assist” he said.
Aniuno is also the grand patron of Ex Rangers International players association.
To become the second Nigerian in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), former Secretary General, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Olabanji Oladapo has been appointed into the IOC’s Communications Commission.
In a letter signed by IOC President, Thomas Bach and dated May 26, 2015, Oladapo’s appointment was based on his enormous contributions to sports in Nigeria, Africa and the World.
“Following the unanimous approval of Olympic Agenda 2020 during the 127th IOC Session in Monaco, and as per recommendation 40, I have reviewed, in consultation with the IOC Executive Board, the scope and composition of the IOC commissions, to align them with Olympic Agenda 2020. It is with great pleasure that I appoint you as a Member of the Communications Commission,” Bach said.
Oladapo will join NOC President, Habu Gumel, who is the only Nigerian Ambassador to IOC and member of Commission.
The erstwhile NOC scribe is a current board member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) as well as the Vice President, Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF).