EB SPORTS WEEKLY:12TH – 18TH JANUARY 2014
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- Veterans honour Maigari in Lagos
- Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga U-17 table tennis tournament goes national
- Nigerian teenage sensation, Omotayo lifts team in Swiss table tennis league
- INSURANCE COVER ON PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN ALL NFF FOOTBALL ORGANISED COMPETITIONS:
- ITTF thumbs up NTTF, optimistic of Lagos World Tour:
- Infront awarded Sub-Saharan Africa broadcasting rights ahead of Sochi 2014
- London “Olympicopolis” questioned as jobs and housing plan for Olympic Park defender
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Ronaldo and Angerer named FIFA world players of the year
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer have tonight been named by FIFA as the world’s best men’s and women’s footballers respectively. Finally ,Real Madrid forward Ronaldo fought off competition from four-time winner Lionel Messi of Argentina and France’s Franck Ribéry to take the Ballon d’Or award for a second time after he first claimed the prize in 2008, when it was the FIFA World Player of the Year. He took the title with a total of 1,365 points out of the votes cast by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media after a sensational 2013 that saw him scoring 66 goals in 56 games, including his hat trick for Portugal against Sweden that booked his nation’s place at the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world for the second time after 2008 ©Getty Images Angerer was equally delighted with her top award, which she takes after she helped her country secure the 2013 European Championship with the two saves she made during the penalty shootout against Norway.
Brazil’s Pelé, was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur for his lifetime achievements, while Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimović took the Puskás Award for the “most beautiful goal” of the year for the acrobatic long-range bicycle kick which saw him score for his nation in a friendly match against England in November 2012. In recognition of their achievements in 2013 Germany’s Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm, Brazilians Dani Alves and Thiago Silva, Spain’s Xavi, Sergio Ramos and Andrés Iniesta, Ribéry, Messi, Ibrahimović and Ronaldo were all named to the FIFA World Team of the Year, while former Bayern Munich and Germany coach Jupp Heynckes and German women’s coach Silvia Neid took the men’s and women’s FIFA World Coach of the Year awards.
Meanwhile, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge received the Presidential Award from FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who is himself an IOC member, and the Afghanistan Football Federation won the Fair Play Award for “upholding the spirit of courage and solidarity against all odds through the after-effects of war”.
ITTF thumbs up NTTF, optimistic of Lagos World Tour
INSURANCE COVER ON PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN ALL NFF FOOTBALL ORGANISED COMPETITIONS
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has issued a directive to all State Football Associations and Nigeria league bodies to ensure that clubs and officials participating in their leagues are insured throughout the period of their engagement and copies of such cover be deposited in the competition department of the NFF This, according to the letter signed by Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, director of Competition for the general secretary, is in line with FIFA’s guideline for registration of players for competitions as a way of safeguarding their career/future in case of any unforeseen accident, injuries/permanent disability.
Veterans honour Maigari in Lagos
Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga U-17 table tennis tournament goes national
After the successful staging of the maiden edition, organisers of the Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga U-17 Table Tennis Championship have decided to make it a national competition. According to the sponsor of the tournament, Okenla-Ojeaga, it became necessary to open the championship to other athletes across the country, as well as to widen the net of discovering new talents from other states. “Like I had said in my first interview that this is just my way of giving back to the society and also helping the young ones to fulfill their dream in their chosen field of sports. We started the competition in Lagos with the athletes drawn across the state but this year, we want to give other athletes opportunity to showcase their talents, so that we can widen the scope of the championship,” she said. The former table tennis champion, who won three gold medals at the Bendel ’81 National Sports Festival, however, admitted that she is aware that the budget would shoot up, but said that plans are in place to ensure that the athletes are well catered for during the competition.
The US-based Okenla-Ojeaga said, “I decided to sponsor this tournament for kids because I am a passionate advocate of youth empowerment through education. I believe that education is fundamental to development. It fortifies people and it is the main key to achieving desired goals. The tournament is being organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development in conjunction with the Main Organising Committee, under the auspices of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) with each state expected to present a four-man team for the championship. According to the competition Manager, Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, the tournament serves off on February 24 to March 1 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Seven (7) events made up of team, singles and doubles events will be jostled for at the N.6m prize money one-week competition.
“Only Secondary School students born on or after January 1st 1997 are eligible to participate. Each of such students must represent a state or the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and must also complete the registration stating his/her secondary school enrolment number as well as school identity number. The sponsor shall provide accommodation for the team as well,” Oluwasanmi said. Abiodun Adekunle of Angus Memorial Senior Secondary School and Zainab Akande of King Ado High School won the maiden edition in Lagos. ponsor of the tournament, Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga (right) with the winner of the girls’ singles event, Zainab Akande of King Ado High School
Nigerian teenage sensation, Omotayo lifts team in Swiss table tennis league
Infront awarded Sub-Saharan Africa broadcasting rights ahead of Sochi 2014
London “Olympicopolis” questioned as jobs and housing plan for Olympic Park defended
“Olympicopolis” was the word of the day in City Hall here today as members of the London Legacy Development Corporation, including chairman and London Mayor Boris Johnson, were shoved under the spotlight to answer all manner of questions on the legacy of London 2012.With questions swaying from Legacy Company funding, Community Land Trusts and housing on the former Olympic site, it was the latter that drew most queries from members of the London Assembly and which Johnson dubbed “Olympicopolis”.
Inspired by Prince Albert’s “Albertopolis”, which used proceeds from the 1851 Great Exhibition to create the 86-acre site around Exhibition Road in South Kensington which now includes the Royal Albert Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Science Museum, the project looks to create a new educational and cultural quarter at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It should, according to the Mayor, bring about thousands of jobs and major investment to the area.Early plans for the project would see University College London (UCL) and V&A build new sites adjacent to the Stratford waterfront, on land between the Stadium and Stratford station.A new UCL campus would see a new design school, centre for culture and heritage, biotech hub and technology centre alongside start-up space for entrepreneurs, while the V&A is planning a space to exhibit more of its permanent collection as well as providing opportunities for touring exhibitions. Although all well and good in theory – a sentiment echoed by the Assembly – issues arose when questions were raised on housing, and the Legacy Company’s commitment to supply affordable housing to those on a low income. This new project would see the current figure of 6,800 homes, set to be built on the new Olympic Park, reduced by up to 1,000, a point not lost on Assembly members, who began turning the screw on Johnson and his colleagues Neale Coleman, deputy chairman of the Legacy Company, and Dennis Hone, its chief executive. Members, notably Labour’s Nick Gavron and Tom Copley, questioned the effect this would have on affordable homes in the Park, of which there is a set target of between 20 and 35 per cent, and queried whether the numbers would be made up elsewhere in order to factor in this loss of housing. In his normal defiant way, Johnson jumped to the defence of the project claiming the economic growth it would spur in the area would far outweigh the loss of homes and will help in the development of another 24,000 homes across the local London Boroughs, due to the interest it will provide potential developers. Although not a direct answer to the questions raised, Johnson did emphasise the need for jobs in the area, claiming this new project could bring up to 10,000 new jobs to Londoners and the 24,000 new homes would provide adequate housing for those who needed it
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