â€œBut now that the present board of Badminton Federation under the leadership of Mr. Francis Orbih is making efforts to revive the game, the NOC has no option than to contribute its quota, hence the consideration for the badminton solidarity coaching course that is serving as the second course to open the IOC 2017-2020 quadrennial calendar of events,â€ he noted.He added that the viability and universality placement of badminton for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina also influenced the decision to award the solidarity course to Badminton Federation.With Annivao Dajee from Mauritius as facilitator for the week long course, programme coordinator, Mrs. Kemi Obidahunsi of the Nigeria Olympic Committee who sees the course as very timely for Nigerian coaches ahead of the 2018 youth Olympic Games, is confident that the participants would tap into the opportunity provided to acquire the necessary exposure and new techniques governing the sport which will in return help them in preparing their athletes adequately for Argentina 2018 Youth Olympic Games and beyond.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A total of 10 Nigerian badminton coaches drawn from across the country are participating at the 2017 Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) solidarity coaching course in conjunction with the international Olympic Committee (IOC)’and the Nigeria badminton federation holding from July 16-24 at the package â€œBâ€ of the Abuja National Stadium.Secretary General of the (NOC), Tunde Popoola, said badminton used to be one of Nigeriaâ€™s medal hopes at the international events in the past and wondered how things fell apart.
Chiemelie EzeobiAs part of the activities earmarked to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), it’s personnel from the Logistics Command in Lagos, engaged it’s host community in a novelty match.The Air Force personnel defeated its host community, Mafoluku, 1-0 in a football match which took place at Ato Field inside the Sam Ethnan Base in Ikeja. In an interview with journalists after the game, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Nnamdi Ekeh, said the novelty match was organised to enhance civil-military relations in the areaHe said, â€œOther activities lined up for the NAF 54th anniversary includes, aerial display, medical outreach, ceremonial parade and gala night.â€œAs we all know, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, supported good and cordial civil military relations and has approved some of the programmes on civic activities as part of the event for the anniversary.”The AOC said the novelty match with the host community was in line with the CASâ€™ vision, aimed at fostering the existing cordial relationship between the duo.â€œIf we are at peace with our home communities, progress is faster and that is why the CAS is passionate about civil military relations.“Apart from what happened today, we have the rocket team that participates in the national league,â€ he said.The traditional ruler in the community, Oba Shakirudeen Adeshina, commended the military for its efforts in sustaining civil military relations among the communities.Asides the novelty match, there were other activities like the Tug Of War and cultural display which spiced up the occasion.Present at the novelty match was the 651 Base Group Commander, Air Commodore Musbau Olatunji and other senior officers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
An American residing in New Zealand, Matthew Conger, will be in charge when Nigeria faces Iceland in a potentially fierce battle to cross the group stage of Russia 2018 World Cup.Conger has been assigned the match along with compatriot, Simon Lount as first assistant referee and Tevita Makasini of Tonga as the second assistant referee.Conger, a teacher by profession, referees in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand football championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Spanish league’s biggest and most anticipated club match, the El Clasico, will be aired live to GOtv MAX subscribers. Barcelona, the defending LaLiga champions, host eternal rivals, Real Madrid, at the Camp Nou, on Sunday.The game, which will be the 177th encounter between both teams, will be broadcast live exclusively on SuperSport Select 4 (channel 34) at 4:15p.m.The two giants will renew their famous rivalry in unfamiliar circumstances. For Barcelona, this will be the first time that Andres Iniesta, their former captain, will not feature in the El Clasico in over a decade, following his move to the Japanese league. Also, for the first time since 2007, Barcelona’s current skipper, Lionel Messi, will be absent from El Clasico after suffering a broken right arm in his team’s game against Sevilla.Real Madrid will also be missing Cristiano Ronaldo, their iconic goalscorer and dominant feature for nine seasons, having moved to Italian giants, Juventus, during the summer transfer window. This will also be the first El Clasico for Real Madrid under Julen Lopetegui, a former player of the club and former Spanish national team manager, who replaced Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.Lopetegui is, however, under pressure arising from the team’s failure to record a victory in five games in all competitions before their UEFA Champions League victory over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.Of the nine games so far played, Barcelona have won five, drawn three, lost one and are second on the log behind Sevilla. Real Madrid are seventh after winning four, drawing two and losing three games respectively.But form rarely matters in the El Clasico, as it is a game that thrives on passion and near-tribal rivalry. Subscribers who upgrade to the GOtv MAX package will have access to El Clasico and also explore unlimited fun of world-class channels such as FOX, ROK2, Star Life, BET, CBS Reality, SuperSport Select 4 including the newly added BET and SuperSport Select 5.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
LIVE TV Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 23:09 IST Alonso Confident In Team Prep For Another Indy 500 Attempt His steering wheel has been secured and the car is the proper color, two signs Fernando Alonso has a far better shot this year at the Indianapolis 500. WATCH US LIVE His steering wheel has been secured and the car is the proper color, two signs Fernando Alonso has a far better shot this year at the Indianapolis 500.The former Formula One champion failed to qualify for the race last year in a spectacularly woeful effort by McLaren. The Spaniard has returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third attempt at winning the final leg of motorsports’ version of the Triple Crown, this time with an experienced organization.Alonso will drive in the Aug. 23 race for Arrow McLaren SP, the Sam Schmidt-owned team that has been bolstered this year by a partnership with McLaren. During his recent seat fitting, Alonso noted the team is on top of preparations.“I found a lot of talented people and good resources on everything, a lot of personnel, each one doing a specific job,” Alsono told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I had a very nice feeling, a nice surprise of how well the team is organized and prepared and I think it’s going to be a good 500 for us.”Alonso entered his first Indy 500 in 2017 with Andretti Autosport and led 27 laps before an engine failure ended his day late in the race. He returned last season as McLaren attempted to build a team that could qualify for Indianapolis on its own.The project was a disaster from the start. The team tried to make its own steering wheel and wound up scrambling to buy one instead for Alonso’s first test in the car. He lost track time at both the test and at Indianapolis when his cars weren’t the proper shade of McLaren orange. The miscues continued all the way through qualifying when Alonso was bumped from the field of 33 by cars with considerably smaller budgets.“I think last year was different, we were maybe too new for this job and the people maybe did not have the experience in IndyCar that was required for the event,” Alonso said. “With the guys here at Arrow, they’ve been racing for many years and they know everything about the series, they know everything about the car.“Everything seems different this year, there is more in our hands and there are no surprises here or there. Everything is very organized and we are ready to go on track.”Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007 for the first leg of the Triple Crown. He added back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 for the second leg, leaving the American classic as the only missing race.Graham Hill is the only driver to win the Triple Crown, closing it with a win at Le Mans in 1972. Alonso is one of only 19 drivers to have competed in all three legs, and he and Juan Pablo Montoya are the only active drivers with wins in two of the three events.McLaren boss Zak Brown told the AP this year’s effort for Alonso is far superior this year.“I feel night and day different. We’ve got an established operation and we’ve seen the progress Arrow McLaren SP is making,” Brown said. “We’ve got good people around him and people from McLaren who have worked with him, so we’re fully focused on putting a good car underneath him to give him the best shot we can.”Schmidt overhauled his lineup after McLaren became a partner, replacing James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson with Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew. The two newcomers have a combined 20 IndyCar starts between them and neither has raced in an Indy 500.Alonso, who is 39 and headed back to a full-time ride in F1 next season, is far more experienced than his two new teammates. Askew is 23, O’Ward is 21. Practices begin Wednesday.Alonso noted the practice time for this year’s race is nearly 11 hours less than his two previous trips to Indy. Alonso also hasn’t competed in anything since the Dakar Rally in January, and his last time in a single-seat car was at Indianapolis 15 months ago.“No worries with Fernando. He’s the most versatile driver I’ve worked with and his commitment levels and professionalism are second to none,” Brown said. “He has a ton of experience at the top level and drivers of his caliber, and there ain’t many, don’t take long to get back up to speed.”Alonso did not have anything scheduled this year as he had planned to prepare for the Indy 500 and then his return to Renault in F1 next season. An April test session at Indianapolis and simulator time in North Carolina were canceled by the pandemic and he spent the last six months training in Switzerland.He said his desire to win Indianapolis and complete the Triple Crown has never been stronger.“It’s one of those things that you need to keep trying because eventually maybe one time it will come your way,” Alonso said. “The 500, especially, or Le Mans, they are races that you have been chosen that day — by the race, by the track, by the luck or destiny. There are no exacting mathematics on those kind of races. There is a luck factor. I have this impression that the more times you attempt, the more chances you’ve got.” COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 11th August, 2020 23:09 IST FOLLOW US
Associated Press Television News LIVE TV FOLLOW US Marc Colombo was nasty when he played tackle for the Dallas Cowboys — and that’s just the attitude he expects from his offensive line with the New York Giants.Speaking to the media for the first time since being hired in January as the O-line coach, Colombo came across Friday as a good guy who likes his heavy metal music off the field. On the field, his linemen better play with an edge, understand every little detail of their job and know why they are doing it.“It’s a work ethic and it’s it’s a nasty attitude going out there, just kind of imposing our will on the defense,” Colombo said. “Flying around. That’s non-negotiable. That comes right from coach (Joe) Judge and this organization. You know, they demand it here. The first thing to do is work our butt off and we’re going to play hard. That’s non-negotiable.”Colombo said he can teach techniques, assignments and stuff like that. The effort is something a player better bring every day.That’s what Colombo did during a 10-year playing career, including six with the Cowboys from 2005-10. That gives him instant respect from his players.He has done it and seen it. He has also taught it.“I think just learning from the experience that I have, I will be able to teach these guys, they’ve really absorbed a lot right now and they’re taking it all in,” said Colombo, who spent the previous four seasons working with the Cowboys’ line. “I believe we’ll push them in the right direction.”That’s something the Giants need. Their line has struggled the past three seasons, despite having Saquon Barkley carrying the ball the last two.This year, the line is going to be in flux because of the coronavirus pandemic and injuries. The only returning starters are left guard Will Hernandez and right guard Kevin Zeitler.Left tackle Nate Solder, who has a son with cancer, opted out of the season to keep his family safe. Right tackle Mike Remmers was lost to free agency and center Jon Halapio suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury in the final game last year and is a free agent.It is expected Andrew Thomas, the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, will take over at left tackle. Tackle Cam Fleming, who was in Dallas last year, signed as a free agent and was expected to compete for the right tackle job. Nick Gates was thought to be his competition but he also is getting a look at center. New York also drafted guard Shane Lemieux in the fifth round.Hernandez, who started the past two seasons, said having a former lineman as a coach is a positive.“He definitely has a lot of inside information as a player himself that he can pass on to us,” Hernandez said of Colombo. “As far as being there with us, he’s one of us. He’s one of the guys. Of course, you separate that title. When he’s coach, he’s coach. You have that respect line. But it’s cool having somebody who is very similar to everybody in that room and kind of gets it. He just gets it.”Colombo actually took a couple of years away from football to play his music after retiring. He returned after realizing he missed the game.Colombo said for a lineman, attention to detail is everything.“I am not going to speak for every other coach in the NFL, but every little step matters,” the 41-year-old said. “If you’re not coaching every little detail of it, a player can’t get better. It’s a grind. You’ve got to get in there with every one of these players. You got to make sure they’re doing it exactly the way you want it.”If players do it that way, they get better. That’s what the Giants need this season, not only for Barkley but Daniel Jones as he enters his second season as quarterback.If the Giants can do that, they can start improving after winning 12 games over the past three seasons and making the playoffs just once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 15th August, 2020 11:37 IST Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 11:37 IST Giants O-Line Coach Colombo Wants Nasty, Detailed Group Marc Colombo was nasty when he played tackle for the Dallas Cowboys — and that’s just the attitude he expects from his offensive line with the New York Giants. WATCH US LIVE COMMENT