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South Africa to assist in Mahao’s death investigation

first_imgSouth Africa Rastafarians South Africa Elections Coverage South Africa budget expectations South Africa will be sending a team of pathologists to help with the investigation into the death of former Lesotho army commander Maaparankoe Mahao, South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.They were asked to do this by Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili who will attend a summit of the regional intergovernmental body, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which has been called for Friday to discuss the death of Mahao.It has thrown Lesotho into turmoil and all three opposition leaders have fled the country, fearing for their lives. This includes former prime minister Tom Thabane who was an ally of Mahao.South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, SADC’s Lesotho facilitator, announced these developments on Wednesday evening at the end of his mission to Lesotho to address the new crisis in the country.He was sent to Lesotho as special envoy of President Jacob Zuma who is chairperson of SADC’s security organ.Ramaphosa said he had come to deliver an invitation from Zuma to Mosisili to attend the summit of both SADC troikas in Pretoria on Friday. Leaders of the three countries currently representing SADC itself and the three representing the security organ are due to attend the summit.“Prime Minister Mosisili has requested that Sadc should assist with the investigation into the death of Lieutenant General Mahao, as well as to assist with the pathology examination around his death,” Ramaphosa told journalists at the end of his trip.“South Africa will be sending pathologists, to do the examination and other countries in the region; Zimbabwe and Namibia will be sending investigators to investigate the circumstances around Lieutenant General Mahao’s death.”Ramaphosa said he had also met opposition parties, churches, NGOs and King Letsie III.“And no doubt everyone is very concerned about the passing of Lieutenant General Mahao,” Ramaphosa said. “It is this that has prompted the leaders in the region to call a summit of the Double Troika.“And I am sure that out of that discussion will come suggestions, proposals and solutions of how to take matters forward here in Lesotho.”Ramaphosa said he had also visited Mahao’s widow and other relatives to express his condolences. – ANARelated South Africa will send pathologists and Zimbabwe and Namibia will send investigators to probe the killing of Lesotho’s Maaparankoe Mahao last Thursdaylast_img read more

2016 Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour dates finalized

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. ­–­ With Jamestown Speedway officials recently making their announcement to sanction Modifieds weekly beginning in 2016, dates and locations for the 27th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour have been finalized. Opening night for both Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car series will be in Jamestown on Saturday, July 9, at Jamestown Speedway. On Sunday, July 10, the tour heads north to Minot and Nodak Speedway. The series then goes international on Monday, July 11, at Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway. Night four brings the tour back to North Dakota on Tuesday, July 12 at Williston Basin Speedway. From there, the series heads south to Dickinson and Southwest Speedway on Wednesday, July 13. The series then heads east to Mandan for its traditional Championship Night on Thursday, July 14 at Dacotah Speedway. Still in the works is a post-tour Modified race at Dacotah Speedway called The Legendary on Friday, July 15. This race has a tentative payout of $10,000 to win, making it the highest paid race in North Dakota racing history according to Series Director John Gartner. Winners of the six previous tour features will be guaranteed starting spots in the 50-lap feature. To be eligible to qualify for The Legendary, drivers will have to have entered a minimum of three tour races. Other divisions running during The Legendary are to be announced; all six Dakota Tour features and The Legendary will be 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. More information is available from Gartner at 701 202-6075.last_img read more

Ligue 1: Neymar inspires PSG late comeback

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar, Di Maria, Paredes test positive for COVID-19 Neymar reflects on Champions League defeat PSG seal first-ever Champions League final appearance Neymar scored a stunning equaliser and then played a part in PSG’s next two goals as his side recovered strongly to beat Montpellier.Neymar inspired a late Paris Saint-Germain comeback as the Ligue 1 leaders came from behind to defeat 10-man Montpellier 3-1 on Saturday.PSG had lost on two of their previous three league trips to Stade de la Mosson, drawing the other, and looked set for another difficult outing following a poor first half that saw them lose two starters to injury prior to Leandro Paredes’ own goal.Montpellier beat PSG in April with a late turnaround but this time it was the visitors’ turn to turn the tables in dramatic fashion.Neymar won a set-piece that saw Pedro Mendes sent off and then sent the resulting 25-yard free-kick into the top-right corner with 16 minutes remaining.Two minutes later, he set up Kylian Mbappe to finish impressively shortly before Mauro Icardi wrapped up the points to move PSG eight points clear of Marseille at the top.There was an ugly end to the game, though, as PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas appeared to be hit by a bottle thrown from a section of the home supporters.PSG lost Presnel Kimpembe and Idrissa Gueye to injury inside the opening 25 minutes. With Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera already out, Abdou Diallo and 17-year-old debutant Nianzou Kouassi were the replacements.Kouassi almost stretched to convert Neymar’s in-swinging free-kick moments after his arrival as Geronimo Rulli made a superb diving save.But it was Montpellier who opened the scoring four minutes before half-time when Daniel Congre headed a left-wing corner in off the hand of Paredes, a deflection that deceived Navas.The second half started slowly until Rulli charged off his line to deny Sarabia before Mendes was sent off, receiving a second yellow card for scything down an advancing Neymar.Neymar stepped up and delivered a magnificent, curling strike from the resulting free-kick, finding the top-right corner.He then found Mbappe in PSG’s next attack and the France striker cut inside from the left before arrowing a low finish into the far corner.Neymar was rampant, hitting the woodwork with another free-kick, and he then combined with Mbappe, who produced a magnificent chip to set up Icardi with nine minutes left, the striker volleying in from eight yards.PSG have now won four straight Ligue 1 games and eight of their past nine, but Thomas Tuchel has openly admitted their form has been poor in attaining those results.It was no different in this game as PSG looked devoid of ideas and energy for 70 minutes until the brilliance of Neymar, and later Mbappe, got them out of trouble.Like PSG, Neymar was struggling to get into the flow of the game, but over the last 20 minutes he was almost unplayable.He won the free-kick that changed the game, then scored it in brilliant fashion before assisting another, playing a part in the third goal, hitting the woodwork with yet another free-kick and forcing a great save from Rulli all in that last period of the contest.Mendes’ red card changed the game completely and he could have no arguments, surely rueing the fifth-minute yellow he had picked up for a foul on Juan Bernad.PSG are at home to Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday before travelling to play Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 business next Sunday. Montpellier are away to Lille on Friday. Tags: PSGlast_img read more

MMA Softball, Lacrosse Teams to Open Seasons

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) admincenter_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 CASTINE — The still-plentiful snow cover attests to the fact that Winter’s still not over.But the Maine Maritime Academy softball team is just hours away from its first game, and the lacrosse team is not far behind.The Lady Mariners will open this weekend at the University of Maine Dome, facing Fisher College in a single game tomorrow (Friday) at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.The schedule:March 13: Fisher College at UMaine Dome, 5 p.m.March 14: Fisher College at UMaine Dome (2), 10 a.m.March 21: Massachusetts Maritime at UMaine Dome (2), 10 a.m.April 1: UMaine – Presque isle (2), 4 p.m.April 5: at Newbury College (2)April 8: Thomas College (2), 2 p.m.April 11: UMaine – Farmington (2), noon.April 14: at Colby College, 4 p.m.April 18: at Castleton State College (2), 1 p.m.April 19: at Green Mountain College (2)April 22: at Husson University (2)April 25: Johnson State College (2), noon.April 26: Lyndon State College (2), noon.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text——The Mariners lacrosse team will host Green Mountain College in its season opener March 21 on MMA’s artificial turf surface.New coach Mike Capotosto, a Springfield College graduate who came to MMA after coaching at Mount Ida College, has inherited a strong group of returning players.Offensively, the Mariners boast two of the top attack players in the North Atlantic Conference.The schedule:March 21: Green Mountain College, 1 p.m.March 25: Thomas College, 4 p.m.March 28: St. Joseph College, 1 p.m.April 1: at Husson University, 3:30 p.m.April 4: Castleton State College, 1 p.m.April 8: at Lyndon State College, 3 p.m.April 11: at Mount Ida College, 1 p.m.April 16: at University of Southern Maine, 4 p.m.April 18: at Emerson College, 4 p.m.April 22: at Johnson State College, 4 p.m.For complete story see the March 12, 2009 edition of the Ellsworth American.last_img read more

The Latest: Serbian soccer league to scrap relegation

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition. ___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus.The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again. However, four teams will still be promoted from the second tier, making for an expanded 20-team league next season. The league says the Serbian soccer federation accepted its proposal to adapt to the shutdown forced by the pandemic.Games are set to resume Friday to complete the final four rounds of the regular season and decide a champion and qualifying places for UEFA competitions. Red Star Belgrade has an 11-point lead ahead of Partizan.However, the league’s normal eight-team groups that were to decide the postseason championship and relegation spots have been scrapped. ___ The Latest: Serbian soccer league to scrap relegation Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Serbia’s top soccer league has decided that no teams will be relegated this season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative.The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours.The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution. It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time. ___The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts.The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters. Associated Press England is looking to play international cricket from July.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales. May 28, 2020 Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July. Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country. The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.last_img read more

Nigerian Breweries Plc Throws Weight behind Okpekpe Race Again

first_imgNigeria’s pioneer and largest brewing firm, Nigerian Breweries Plc has once again thrown its weight behind the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race.Last year the company joined the cast of corporate organisations who made history with the race as the first ever and only IAAF silver label road running event to hold in Nigeria nay West Africa.‘This year, Nigerian Breweries Plc has elected to continue to partner us as a friend of the race,” Zack Amodu, the race’s director of organisation revealed at the weekend. “The largest and biggest brewing firm in Nigeria wants to continue to be a part of history as we strive to bring the first IAAF gold label race to Nigeria and West Africa as well as the second in the entire continent of Africa after the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in South Africa,” further stressed Amodu who confirmed Nigerian Breweries Plc will support the race with cash and some of their products.“Nigerian Breweries is a major player in sports sponsorship and promotion in Nigeria. We are indeed thrilled that such a socially responsible corporate organisation has thrown its weight behind us for the second year running. This is a testimony to the growing popularity of the Okpekpe road race.”In 2015 Okpekpe 10km road race became the first road race in Nigeria nay West Africa to be granted an IAAF label status which means the race is regarded as one of the world’s leading road running events.“A label certifies the global sporting significance of the race, the organisational quality and the compliance with relevant IAAF competition rules,” explains Amodu who restated the organisers resolve to use a gold label template to organise this year’s event next month in rustic and hilly town of Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.“Our target is to get a gold label for the race next year and the new IAAF road race rules have made it compulsory that we use the template of the label we are aspiring for in the event preceding the label. This means that this year’s race will have a gold label standard written all over it especially in terms of the quality of the elite field.”The seventh edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will hold on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and it will be live on television across the globe via SuperSport, its official broadcast partner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Defense leads Trojans to rout of Utah

first_imgDespite playing with an injury-depleted roster, USC defeated Utah 19-3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum behind a dominant defensive performance. The Trojans forced four turnovers and limited the Utes to just 201 yards of total offense.Heading into Saturday’s game, the team adopted the mantra “Step up” in response to its growing list of injured players. Several backups were forced into larger roles, and they seemed to embrace the team’s new philosophy.“We weren’t going to blink,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said about how the team responded to its numerous injuries. “We weren’t going to use it as an excuse. The words ‘Step up’ and ‘Compete’ were talked about.”Junior defensive end J.R. Tavai, starting in place of senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin, led the Trojans with 11 tackles and two sacks. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Anthony Sarao was tied for second on the team with nine tackles on the day while starting in place of junior linebacker Lamar Dawson, who was injured during practice and will miss the remainder of the season.“If you come to USC, you know you can’t have a drop-off [from starters to backups],” Sarao said. “We have a lot of people down, so the backups have to step up because we don’t have depth.”As if the team’s injury woes could not get worse, the list of players dealing with injuries grew longer during Saturday’s game. Freshman safety Su’a Cravens suffered a strained groin after intercepting a pass near the end of the second quarter, leaving the Trojans with few options to replace him with. Redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey, who had originally been ruled inactive for the game with a foot injury, changed from street clothes into uniform in the locker room at half time and played the entire second half.“That’s just family,” redshirt junior defensive back Josh Shaw said. “We really didn’t have another [option], so Dion told coach that he was ready and he suited up and went to war with us.”Bailey’s return saved USC from being forced to use yet another walk-on during the second half, though he was admittedly less than full strength while playing on Saturday.“I’m nowhere near ready to play at the level I see myself playing at on a normal basis,” Bailey said. “I can barely run, so nobody expected me to play at all.”Safety Leon McQuay III was another player forced into a starting role against Utah, and the freshman did not disappoint. In his first career start, McQuay had three tackles and an interception, taking advantage of his first opportunity at consistent playing time.“That guys is a great player,” Shaw said. “For the next three or four years, the Trojan nation should be very excited with the play of Leon McQuay. The guys is a freak, he can do it all. He’s just got it.”After forcing just two turnovers in its past five games, the USC defense forced four against Utah, with three interceptions and one fumble recovery. Unlike the team’s last game against Notre Dame, the Trojans’ offense was able to capitalize on its good field position, with three scores in four red zone opportunities, though touchdowns remained scarce on Saturday.“We’re going to watch film and fix it,” Orgeron said. “I thought the offense did some tremendous things today about putting the ball in the red zone. When we watch the film, in the red zone, there will be things that we have to fix, but I have complete confidence in [offensive coordinator] Clay Helton.”Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler had another efficient performance, completing 21 of 32 pass attempts for 230 yard with one touchdown and no turnovers. Despite playing with only three scholarship wide receivers and no scholarship tight ends, Kessler was able to develop a strong rapport with his available targets.“It’s not ideal to have guys go down, and it’s hard to get timing down,” Kessler said. “I’m very proud of how hard these guys work. In the tight end situation, they stepped up and did great things. Those guys are just team players, family guys, and it’s awesome to know you have guys who put the team before themselves.”Sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor continued his emergence as USC’s primary weapon in the passing game. With junior wide receiver Marqise Lee out, Agholor tallied six catches for 97 yards and one touchdown.In the kicking game, junior kicker Andre Heidari responded well after having to compete for the starting job during practice. Heidari missed twice in the loss to Notre Dame, but made a career-high four field goals in five attempts against Utah.“We wanted the competition to be open,” Orgeron said. “We were ready to put in another kicker if we needed to, but [Heidari] did great. I think it was more about a mindset and the competition level that helped him.”USC plays next on Friday, Nov. 1 against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore.Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbelast_img read more

GO Round FC, Heartland Grab Maximum Points

first_imgGoals from Ololade Sadiq and substitute Emmanuel Ugwu set the Omoku team on the path of victory.Elsewhere in Okigwe, Heartland were 3-0 winners at home against Plateau United.Former Enyimba star Chinonso Okonkwo scored a brace for Heartland to smash past 10-man Plateau United 3-0. Defender Gabriel Wassa was sent off in first half stoppage time after he bagged his second booking of the day.FC Ifeanyiubah needed a stoppage time winner against Nasarawa United to claim their first win of the NPFL seasonThe Nnewi-based team who held Plateau United to a scoreless draw in their opening game of the season last Sunday, owe their home win to a stoppage time winner by skipper Chijoke Alaekwe.At the Agege Stadium, MFM FC were 2-0 winners over visiting Kwara United. MFM FC produce two goals in the second half to earn their first points, which lift them from the bottom of the table to second place behind Enyimba on inferior goal difference. Niger Tornadoes were held to a 1-1 draw by Rivers United.FC Ifeanyi Ubah shoot to the head of the table after four points from two matches, while Heartland are second following their impressive result at Okigwe.NPFL Match Day 2(RESULTS)Heartland 3-0 Plateau UtdMFM 2-0 Kwara UtdAbia Warriors 1-2 Go RoundIfeanyiUbah 1-0 Nasarawa UtdTornadoes 1-1 Rivers UtdTODAYEl-Kanemi Vs Kano PillarsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NPFL MATCH DAY 2Go Round FC grabbed maximum three points away in Umuahia on the Match-day two of the 2018/19 season of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Wednesday with a 2-1 defeat of Abia Warriors.It was the second straight defeat for the Abia team in the new season that kicked off last Sunday.last_img read more

Need for the Return of the NSC

first_imgTayo Balogun’s ColumnToday, I am vacating this page for the ungoing debate about the return or not of the National Sports Commission (NSC). The piece below was contributed by Dr. Patrick Ekeji who retired as Director General of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. May the LORD bless our country, Nigeria.-Tayo BalogunPat EkejiSports development in our country has grown from what it was as a negligible oak in 1960, tucked in an omnibus manner and not even named as sports, under the then Ministry of Youth & Social Development with Chief J.M Johnson as the pioneer Honourable Minister, to a very complex undertaken today. For many countries of the world, whether developed, developing or under-developed, sports have acquired a signature undertaken with which countries are launched into the attention stage. Indeed, performances of athletes at major global events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships seem to be major yardsticks for comparative levels in development index and it is for this reason that various governments in the world, in recognition of the ever growing importance and visibility of sports, have created by their Laws, special arms of government that drive this aspect that caters for all categories of citizens.This is the reason it is designated as a major cross-cutting issue at different fora where social and economic discussions are held world-wide. Sadly, in spite of our craving for high and higher performances from all stake-holders in our sports sector, especially athletes, 58 years after our “independence”, we have not yet found the wisdom to give teeth to sports administration by way of legally establishing the instrument of its administration by Law, i.e. the NATIONAL SPORTS COMMISSION. It is still being “discussed” and has been, in the last 12 years or so.Non-Passage of this Bill, which by the way has been in the works for too long has largely been responsible for inconsistency in Policy implementation. An NSC established by an ACT of the National Assembly will reverse this behaviour as the execution of dully approved policy contents by its day-to-day administration would no longer be at the change in mood of Mr. President.In specific terms, some of the policies that would receive assured implementation would include: implementation and consolidation of grassroots sports programmes such as the national sports festival, national youth games, provision for academic scholarships for outstanding student-athletes discovered from grassroots sports programmes such as the National Sports Festival, development path-ways for prospective Sports Officers for outstanding erstwhile athletes who eventually take to Coaching as well as those who acquire relevant educational and professional competencies as sports administrators, guarantee of professional fulfilment for Sports Officers, guarantee of evolvement of a corporate-sector-friendly approach towards management of sports programme so as to encourage sponsorship of sports programs by corporate Nigeria beyond the attitude of grudgingly “satisfying” the provisions in law under Corporate Social Responsibility as response to overtures made by Sports Federations for sponsorship of programmes.Establishment of the NSC by an ACT would take its perception beyond the realms of various state governments of sport as “just” a sector for public relations into which political “hangers-on” are to be assuaged, establishment of the NSC by an ACT would make it unattractive for any incoming President (Government) to throw the sport sector administration around in any consideration for re-adjustments usually under the excuse of cost-saving exercise. I am confident that Enacting the NSC Bill would fast-track the integration of our sports sector into our national development strategy such that it can be used as a tool for expression of our nationhood.Furthermore, an NSC would obviously be better positioned to address the never-ending squabbles that follow after elections into Boards of Sports Federations which have become a culture rather than an exception. I can assure that the presence of a National Sports Commission Board that would be constituted with tested Professionals would certainly work out a formula that ensures rancor-free elections and so on, while also assuring the sanctity of the hallowed office of the Hon Minister.Other reasons for this call include the pursuit of firmly instituting the World Anti-Doping rules and regulations here especially given the fact that Nigeria is a founding Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), way back in 2002 and we still have not been able to establish firmly and in practical terms, the dreams of the founding Board Members yet we have produced five amongst Africa’s best in this area of drug-free-sport namely: Prof Ken Anugweje, Dr Akin Amao, Dr Abdulkadir Muazu, Pharm Femi Ayorinde and, Ms Fadeke Fadeyibi. And in the field of sports for the physically challenged, the initial trajectory experienced by the creation of the Paralympic Committee of Nigeria but now dimmed would be revived. They are special and this group of sports persons need to be so recognized. They should not be remembered only when they are needed.And the Sports Federations? Existence of NSC would better manage the processes of regime change occasioned by elections given the fact of the presence of an NSC Board and the stabilizing role she would play. The rate of growth in our sports sector requires a review of its management structure wherein creation of the following arms-length Agencies have become necessary: (a) Anti-Doping in Sports;(b) Facilities Development and Maintenance;(c) Sports Programs Development and Management, (d) Health and Nutrition in Sport. And finally, a National Sports Commission – Enacted-would certainly bolster the drive for the enactment of National Association for Physical Health Education Recreation Sports & Dance (NAPHERSD) as a regulatory Council for the teaching of Sports Administration just like it is in other professional bodies.Ghana is handy. The Government of Ghana in January 2009, decided to re-establish their Ministry of Youth & Sports in realization of the emerging trend among countries world-wide. This obviously, is in recognition of the inherent advantages in the natural affinity between Youth and Sports as one instrument for Youth mobilization and engagement. The Ministry as it stands now implements its goals and objectives through the following Agencies and Institutions: The National Sports Authority (NSA), National Youth Authority (NYA), The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba). Our Sports administration keeps rolling and do we not know that “a rolling stone gathers no moss.?” Certainly, we do!Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more