Japan Denies Cancellation Of Tokyo Olympics

Japan doubled down on its commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and flatly denied reports on Friday of a cancellation, in a move that is unlikely to temper public fears of holding the event during a global pandemic. Though much of Japan is under a state of emergency due to a third wave of COVID-19 infections, Tokyo organisers have consistently vowed to press ahead with the Games scheduled to open on July 23 after having been postponed in March last year. A government spokesman said there was “no…

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Osimhen Positive After Second COVID-19 Test

Napoli have confirmed that record-signing Victor Osimhen remains positive for COVID-19 after a fresh coronavirus test was conducted on him on Monday. The Italian club stated this on their Twitter handle. Osimhen first tested positive for COVID-19 upon return to Naples on New Year’s Day, after spending time in Nigeria, where he attended a birthday party and breached COVID-19 protocols. Videos showed the forward dancing without a facemask, while his guests also broke COVID-19 protocols, which angered Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso and the club’s fans. However, after 10 days in…

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2021 Olympics: FG Sets Up 4 Camps

The Federal Government has set up four camps for athletes that will participate for Japan 2021 Olympics. “We had four camps in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Akure and Lagos. “From next year, we will commence a more robust camping with some athletes going abroad to train with their foreign-based counterparts. “The first camping exercise was in Pankshin, Plateau State, while the second phase camping ended on the 24th December, 2020. Lagos, Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Abuja were the locations for the second phase. “We started the Pre-Olympics camping early to ensure…

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Edo 2020: National Sports Festival To Hold Jan 3-17

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has approved January 3-17, 2021 for the National Sports Festival, Edo 2020. The new date was arrived at during a virtual a meeting on Thursday evening, convened by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, which reviewed circumstances around the recent rescheduling of the sports fiesta according to a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel T. Aduda. It will be recalled that the proposed 2020 NSF has suffered series of postponement in recent due to COVID-19 situations. Few weeks…

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D’Tigers Beat South Sudan 76-56 In Afrobasket Qualifier Opener

D’Tigers tipped off their 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers with a comfortable 76-56 win over South Sudan at the Kigali Arena on Thursday. The 2015 African champions took the first quarter 22-17 with the North Africans going head-to-head with their more illustrious opponents but the Nigerians were ruthless in the second quarter winning 24-12 to head into the first half break with a 17-point lead, finishing the half 46-29. South Sudan fought back in the third quarter to reduce the deficit to 20-15 but D’Tigers showed their superiority in the final quarter…

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President Buhari Full Speech At 2021 Budget Presentation

PROTOCOLS It is with pleasure that I present the 2021 Federal Budget Proposals to this Joint Session of the National Assembly. Distinguished and Honourable Leaders, and Members of the National Assembly, at this juncture, I wish to commend your tremendous efforts in approving the revision of the 2020 – 2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, and passage of the 2020 Appropriation (Repeal and Amendment) Act, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Today marks an important occasion in our quest to accord the federal budget process the seriousness it…

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Uefa Awards: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski Wins Men’s Player Of The Year

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has been named Uefa men’s Player of the Year. Poland striker Lewandowski, 32, beat Bayern team-mate Manuel Neuer and Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to the award. Bayern’s Hansi Flick was named men’s coach of the year after leading his side to a sixth European title. Lewandowski scored 55 goals in 47 games last season as Bayern won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. He scored 16 more goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues across all competitions in 2019-20.…

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Champions League Draw: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi To Face Each Other

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are set to face each other after Juventus and Barcelona were drawn in Group G, while holders Bayern Munich will face Atletico Madrid in Group A. Group stage draw in full: Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow   Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach   Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille   Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland   Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, FK Krasnodar, Rennes   Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Bruges  …

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Nigeria @60: President Buhari Addresses Nigerians

INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTIETH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2020 Fellow Nigerians I speak to you today as your President and fellow citizen on this epoch occasion of our country’s 60th independence Anniversary. As President, I wish to renew my appreciation to Nigerians for entrusting me with your hopes and aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria. Today, it is my unique privilege to re-commit myself to the service of this great country…

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Stoke City Set To Sign Former Chelsea And Nigeria Midfielder John Mikel Obi

Stoke City are set to sign former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi on a one-year deal. The former Nigeria captain, 33 year old, is a free agent having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March. Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017. He won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup with the London side. After leaving Stamford Bridge he joined Chinese side Tianjin TEDA…

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