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Kano to hold mini polo tournament

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The prestigious 2021 Kano International Polo Tournament has been shifted to gallop on Tuesday at the foremost Usman Dantata Polo Ground in Bompai, Kano.

The shift became necessary to allow visiting teams time to settle down before the event gets underway, just as the fiesta has been scaled down to a mini tournament.

Kano Polo Vice Captain, Syuddi Abdullahi and Tour nament Manager, Aminu A D, both confirmed that participating teams are from across the country for the weeklong event.

The annual tournament was to be held between September 12 and 19 but the organisers said yesterday that it would now be held in abridged format due to unforseen circumstances.

“We are on course for the tournament but we have to cut down on the numbers of the cups due to logistics,” Abdullahi said.

” But we are also going to give out individual players with outstanding performances.”

Tournament manager Aminu AD also confirmed that all arrangements have been put in place for a successful tournament, adding fans of the game are eargerly awaiting a thrilling tournament in the historic city Kano.

We also confirmed that the number prizes to be contested be for has been reduced, while players who distinguished themselves stand to smile home with individual awards.

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Reps summon Sunday Dare over athletes’ disqualification at Tokyo Olympics

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The house of representatives has summoned Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, over the disqualification of 10 athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

 

The lower chamber passed the resolution during plenary session on Wednesday following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Lawrence Ayeni, lawmaker from Osun state.

 

The minister is to brief the lawmakers on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations set by the International Association of

Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

 

It was reported how the AIU disqualified 10 Nigerian track and field athletes for failing to comply with the out-of-competition testing (OCT) requirement.

 

AIU said Nigeria is among countries deemed to have the highest doping risk, and the athletes were expected to undergo “at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event”.

 

Leading the debate on the motion on Wednesday, Ayeni said Nigeria was disqualified despite the “huge funds” available to the sports ministry and preparation made by the athletes.

 

“Nigeria delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating the comity of nations,” he said.

 

 

“Concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests.”

 

The motion was unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.

 

While mandating its committee on sports to investigate the cause of the “failed doping test to forestall future occurrence,” the green chamber asked the ministry of sports to put measures in place to “ensure compliance with extant regulations at both local and international competitions”.

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S/Africa Bayana Bayana stun Nigeria Falcons 4-2, lift Aisha Buhari cup

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South African Banyana Banyana beat the Nigeria Super Falcons in Lagos to Lift the Aisha Buhari friendly cup

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D’Tigress beat Angola to make Afrobasket quarter-finals

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D’Tigress, Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, on Monday in Yaoundé beat their Angolan counterparts 85-65 to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship.

In their final Group B game, the Nigerian side dislodged the Angolans who were leading the group to make it two wins from two matches and emerge as group leaders.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a loss would have seen the Nigerian side finishing second and going to play in the qualifier to quarter-finals match against Cape Verde on Wednesday.

It was a similar route their male counterparts, D’Tigers, carved for themselves at the Men’s AfroBasket a few weeks ago in Rwanda, and it did them no good.

On Monday, D’Tigress ensured none of that by leading from the first quarter, which they won 31-18.

They extended their lead with a 21-10 win in the second quarter, heading for the game’s long break period comfortable leaders with a whooping 24 points.

They however stepped off the throttle in the third and fourth quarters, losing 15-19 and then drawing 18-18 respectively,

Adaora Elonu was a top performer for them, with 10 points, three rebounds and four assists, while Ezinne Kalu grabbed 12 points, just as Ify Ibekwe also had eight rebounds.

With the 67-50 win over Mozambique in their opening group phase game on Saturday, D’Tigress won the group and will now face either one of Cote d’Ivoire or Guinea in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

The two west African sides will meet on Wednesday in the qualifier to quarter-finals to decide which of them would advance to meet Nigeria.

Nigeria have thus avoided the qualifier to quarter-finals stage, where D’Tigers lost to Uganda at the Men’s AfroBasket in Rwanda.

Angola, Group B runners-up after the loss to Nigeria, now have to overcome the hurdle of facing Cape Verde before they can play in the quarter-finals.(

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