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 […]
*says Nigeria can dominate Africa if…,
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
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).
ANOC enhances opportunities for NOCs through collaborative agreement
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Division of Global Sport Management Talent Development at Seoul National University (GSM-SNU) as ANOC continues to identify ways to improve the service it offers its NOCs.
The MOU aims to encourage greater academic cooperation between the two organisations in order to contribute to the development of sport within the international community. As part of the agreement, ANOC will recommend prospective candidates from NOCs for the Dream Together Master Programme and will help assist with the placement of students from the Programme in careers and internships within NOCs.
Supported by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Next Generation Sports Talent Foundation, Seoul National University launched the Dream Together Master Programme to educate and support next generation sport administrators in the world in 2013. Taught by internationally recognised professors, the Dream Together Master Programme provides world-class education for the next generation of sports administrators across a variety of topics including sport humanities, organisation and governance, marketing, the Olympic Movement and international sport development.
Speaking following the MOU signing, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“We are very happy to have entered into this partnership with the Seoul National University. We are always looking at ways of improving our offering to the NOCs and creating a route for them to enter into further education and learn from international best practice is an excellent way of doing that.
“Many smaller NOCs will not have access to the same level of international expertise as their colleagues from larger NOCs. The Dream Together Master Programme is specifically designed to target sports administrators at NOCs and National Federation of countries where sport is less well developed. Working with Seoul National University will allow ANOC to offer greater opportunities to our NOCs and equip them with the tools they need to advance the sports movement within their countries and beyond.”
Dr. Joon-ho Kang, Director and professor of the Dream Together Master Programme added:
“We are very excited about the opportunities that our collaborative partnership with ANOC will bring. ANOC represents 204 NOCs worldwide and so is ideally placed to help us connect with nations around the world. We want to work with as many NOCs as possible to ensure that they are maximising sport’s full potential to change society for the better.”
“This programme is a kind of platform that any entity can join to develop future leaders in sport management for public and private sectors. As one of the world-class comprehensive universities representing Asia, Seoul National University is the only institution offering Master’s and PhD degrees in sport management among the top 50 universities in the world.”
History was made on the 29th of December 2014 as rugby clubs representatives and stake holders assembled in Lagos for its first ever general assembly. The meeting was imperative In line with RUGBY AFRICA/WORLD RUGBY policy and standard.
The meeting which was held at the Media Centre of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos had over 30 club representatives and rugby stake holders in attendance. The meeting also had in attendance representatives from Rugby Africa Ms Gifty Annan-Myers from Ghana, NOC and NSC representatives.
While crucial matters were discussed at the meeting, it was chaired by the president of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation and also witnessed by the board of the federation.
A referee and coaches association was inaugurated at the event, Ntiense Williams was nominated as coordinator of the associations and also Joy Meyaki a member of the board was nominated as the female rugby coordinator.
The president of the federation reacted expressing his pleasure over the outcome of the assembly, ‘I am glad we held these assembly, It simply means we have conformed with the expectation of World Rugby which we are affiliated to. I am optimistic they will be impressed with us and our ties with them will automatically be strengthened, the assembly will also gave room for wider participation in the administration and governance of the sport in Nigeria, we believe the assembly will trigger a revolution in the development of Rugby in Nigeria’
Somali Volleyball Federation concluded the 2014 beach volleyball tournament in Mogadishu on 6th December.
Eight teams from the registered teams of Somali Volleyball Federation participated in this tournament that has lasted 7 days according to the Secretary General of Somali volleyball Mr. Mohamed Abubakar Hirei.
Port volleyball team for boys overwhelmed Horseed team 2-1 in the final match of this tournament.
Some high level officials from the NOC and Ministry of Sports and Youth such as Mr. Haji Olow, head of sporting federations’ affairs of NOC Ibrahim Hassan Roombe and head of sports affairs of the ministry of Sports and Youth Mr Ali Hassan addressed at the closing ceremony of the tournament to encourage the Somali volleyball and its clubs moving forward to promote the Volleyball in the country.
In his closing remarks, the Secretary General of Somali volleyball has mentioned that beside such tournament, the federation is planning to stage huge developmental projects to strength the current on-hand resources of the country’s volleyball.
ANOC DELIVERS MESSAGE OF NOC SUPPORT AT 127TH IOC SESSION
All 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 unanimously approved by IOC Session
The ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah delivered a message of unanimous support from the 203 National Olympic Committees for Olympic Agenda 2020 as he addressed the IOC membership during the historic 127th IOC Session.
The IOC unanimously approved all 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 on the opening day of the IOC Session at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The chairs of the 14 working groups who produced the recommendations following extensive contributions from Olympic stakeholders – including the world’s NOCs – presented their proposals to the IOC Session before they were voted on one by one.
The 14 topics discussed were:
· Bidding: ensuring appeal and diversity
· Sustainability and legacy
· Differentiation of the Olympic Games
· Procedure for the composition of the Olympic programme
· Olympic Games management
· Protecting clean athletes
· Olympic Channel
· Shape Olympism in Action, including Youth Strategy
· Youth Olympic Games
· Culture policy
· Autonomy, good governance and integrity
Speaking on the final day of the 127th IOC Session, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“Yesterday was an historic day in the future development of the Olympic Movement. I would like to congratulate IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC for taking such a significant step towards a better and healthier future. The unanimous approval of the 40 recommendations is a testament to the process of collaboration and cooperation that the IOC has undergone under President Bach’s leadership over the last year.
“I was delighted to address the IOC Session and deliver a message of support from the 203 NOCs. The NOCs have taken an active part in the discussions on Olympic Agenda 2020 and we have every confidence that these recommendations will benefit the entire Olympic Movement. We look forward to working closely with the IOC President Bach and the IOC over the coming months and years.”
The full list of approved recommendations can be found on the link below:
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that the NOC be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in December in Monaco.
The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations (NFs), 13 of which are Olympic sports federations. Of these, six* are full members of their respective International Federations (IFs), while the other seven** are provisional or associate members of their respective IFs.
The EB noted that the NOC of Kosovo has met the requirements for recognition as outlined in the Olympic Charter. These include the sport and technical requirements as well as the definition of “country” as defined in Rule 30.1 – “an independent State recognised by the international community.” Kosovo is recognised as a country by 108 of the 193 UN Member States.
The decision was taken by the Executive Board in the interests of the athletes in Kosovo and to remove any uncertainty they may have. It will allow them to take part in qualifications for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and in future editions of the Games.
*Table tennis, archery, judo, sailing, weightlifting, modern pentathlon
**Wrestling, boxing, curling, taekwondo, gymnastics, skiing, handball
Following positive discussions between the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and the President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine, Sergey Bubka, all parties have agreed that Lviv will turn its attention to an Olympic bid for 2026, and not continue with its application for 2022.
The decision comes as a result of the present political and economic circumstances in Ukraine, which were discussed between the three parties.
“The preliminary evaluation by the IOC’s working group found that the Lviv bid offered huge potential for future development,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “In my discussions with the Ukrainian Prime Minster and NOC President, we concluded that it would be extremely difficult to pursue the 2022 bid under the current circumstances, but that a future bid would make sense for Ukraine and Ukrainian sport.”
The Ukrainian Prime Minister agreed that “a bid for 2026 would have excellent potential for the economic recovery of the country, and could have huge benefits for Ukrainian society”.
For the NOC, President Sergey Bubka added: “We would like to thank the IOC very much for its help and understanding, as well as the great assistance that it has given to Ukrainian athletes from all parts of the country, both morally and financially.”
The road to the Table Tennis event at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games will start at the 2015 European Games in Baku, which will qualify one man and one woman, the winner of both singles events.
Table tennis made its debut in the Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul and has been a regular and popular fixture ever since. After the successful London Games, table tennis was promoted in the IOC group review system with only eight Summer Olympic sports ahead of table tennis.
ITTF’s CEO Judit Farago stated: “Compared to the last system some changes were implemented to simplify the selection process, to make it easier to understand and to ensure that the best players participate at the Continental Qualification Tournament. From now on I am sure that most of the players focus on their dream, some of them to become Olympian first time in Rio, and for a few maybe one day to step in the footpath of the big trio, J-M. Saive, Z. Primorac, J. Persson who all made history by playing at seven Olympic Games between 1988 and 2012. ”
The 172 positions available in Rio, 86 for men and 86 for women, will be allocated over 12 months of intense qualification for the players to join table tennis folklore and become Olympians.
There will be four table tennis gold medals on offer at Rio 2016; men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s teams and women’s teams.
The men’s and women’s singles events will be contested by between 64 to 70 players, with a maximum of two per National Olympic Committee (NOC), which will be made up by the below qualification methods:
Zhang Jike (left) and Wang Hao (right) leads China to the Men’s Team title at London 2012 Olympic Games.
40 Continental qualification places with a maximum of two (2) athletes per NOC qualified. These 40 positions are composed of: 6 from Africa, 11 from Asia, 11 for Europe, 6 from Latin America, 3 for North America and 3 for Oceania
22 ITTF Olympic Singles Ranking, not to exceed an overall maximum of two (2) athletes per NOC
1 Tripartite Commission Invitation place
1 Host Country place
The 16 men’s and women’s teams are made up by three players per team. The highest ranked team from each continent (six teams) that has already two qualified players for the singles event secures direct qualification.
The remaining 10 positions are composed of the 9 highest ranked teams that have two players qualified for the singles. If less than 9 countries have two players already qualified, the next best teams with one player qualified secures their spot in Rio. The 10th team quota will be allocated to the host nation if not yet qualified through the team selection process.
It is up to the NOC to choose the additional player/players to join the singles players in the team event.
The table tennis event at Rio 2016 will be held in Riocentro, similar to the ExCel at London 2012 which is a big and open convention center, and hall three will be dedicated for table tennis, holding up to 6,000 people and creating an electric atmosphere.
The great journalist and administrator passed on at a Lagos Hospital on the 14th of February 2014, a pacesetter and broadcaster per excellence who through his professionalism inspired an entire generation of which this writer happens to fall into. His diction and command of the English language was impeccable.
WALTER OYATOGUN- THE GREAT
Sir Wally as he was popular known, became famous in the ’80s, on the Nigerian television authority NTA news. He had a unique sign off of his name, on his reports. His deep and well rounded voice and impeccable enunciation warmed many hearts. He was indeed one of Nigeria’s greatest.
Walter who survived a stroke two years ago, fought for his life till the very end. He indeed, exhibited the benefits of a healthy life style and exercise, which he preached and lived for.
Walter’s contributions to sports in Nigeria, started in 1960, when he became an Amateur boxer. The officer in charge of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Lagos, Mr. Peter Cook , a Briton, encouraged him to take to Boxing, and he made the National Team.
He represented Nigeria in the Nigeria/Ghana International Boxing Championship in 1966 in Lagos, where he won a Gold Medal in the Heavyweight Category.
Hogan (King) Bassey was the National Coach. Some of his stable mates were Fatai Ayinla (Light-Heavyweight) , Eddie Ndukwu (Featherweight) Davidson Andeh , (Lightweight) and Jerome Awe (Flyweight)
He was employed by the National Sports Council , between 1966-1976 as a Sports Development Officer and seconded to the Lagos Sports Council which had just established a Sports Training Centre then, known as ‘Alakoro Training Centre’ located at 106, Alakoro Street, Elegbata.
There were Nine Sports Associations on the ground then: Football, Athletics (Track & Field) Boxing, Tennis, Table Tennis, Cricket, Swimming, Hockey and Netball. But With a staff strength of six Physical Education Instructors and Six Assistant Instructors, he developed five additional sports between 1966 and 1976.
With the assistance of sports enthusiasts like Oba Dapo Tejuoso, Mr Walid Zabadne and a host of others, Walter was able to introduce volleyball, badminton, squash, basketball and weightlifting to the centre.
He continued this illustrious service to the nation.
Apart from his service in broadcasting and sports development, it was His dream to see the national stadium surulere, busy with sporting activities and development.
He got keep fit enthusiasts to make use of the National Stadium open spaces for jogging. In 1984, he sought the support of the Chairman, National Sports Commission, Late Maj-Gen, Damian Sho-Silva to throw open the gates of the National Stadium to all and sundry that wants to keep fit.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Alhaji Raheem A Adejumo adopted the keep -fit programme as Sport for All-Nigeria in 1991. Chief Shola Rhodes (SAN) laboured to spread the benefit of keep-fit all over the country.
That little seed sown in 1984 has become a way of life for many Nigerians as can be seen at the National Stadium at weekends.
He was an Alumni of the Man O’ War School, Apapa. At the inception of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme he served as an Instructor on Leadership to the Orientation Course of Lagos State, under Mrs Gbadamosi the orientation Director.
He had a pet name with Corp members, called Waky-Waky, because He used to wake them up at 5.30a.m to get ready for the days activities.
Walter once wrote: “This is my track record of forty-three years on service to Sports and sports leadership. Can anyone tell me why I have been put in limbo in the matters of Sports in the country?
It is my hope that the Committee on National Awards will take note of my service and contributions to Sports Development in the Country, maybe it will meet their parameters for a National Award”.
Well, that never happened, till he died. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Burial arrangements will soon be announced by the family.
MOYO OYATOGUN on behalf of the family.