EB SPORTS WEEKLY:12TH – 18TH JANUARY 2014


sport.jpg This week on EB Sorts Weekly ,

  • 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

Now the news in full

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.

Nadine Angerer has been named as the world's best women's footballer of 2013 ©AFP/Getty Images

Nadine Angerer has been named as the world’s best women’s footballer of 2013 ©AFP/Getty Images

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.

Jacques Rogge received the FIFA Presidential Award from Sepp Blatter ©Bongarts/Getty Images

Jacques Rogge received the FIFA Presidential Award from Sepp Blatter ©Bongarts/Getty Images

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

Picture Caption: President, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Adham Sharara (third from left); President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi (second left), Vice President, Administrative, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Olabanji Oladapo (left); President, ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy (right) and Honourary Vice President, ITTF, George Segun (second from right) after the signing of agreement for the Lagos World Tour at the 2014 World Tours Finals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the weekend.
President, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Adham Sharara has expressed his excitement about the staging of the maiden Lagos Classics, with a commendation to the board of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF). The ITTF helmsman, also believes the forthcoming Lagos World Tour would witness a huge success following the accolades that greeted the resurgence of table tennis in Nigeria with the organization of the Lagos Classics. Sharara made this submission during the singing of agreement between ITTF and NTTF to finalise for the Lagos World Tour holding in June. “I am still so excited about the success of the Lagos Classics. It was indeed a huge success and I must commend the president of NTTF, Wahid Oshodi and his team as well as the Lagos State Government for providing the enabling environment for the game to make a return. I was overwhelmed with the huge publicity that the competition got and I felt that this was a big plus to Nigeria.
So ITTF did not hesitate to give Nigeria the hosting right for World Tour. I also must thank the Lagos State Government as well as the fans for their huge support to the game and I look forward to repeat of this come June this year,” Sharara said. Also, the President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, who was in Lagos during the Classics confirmed that the crowd that watched the final between Egypt’s Omar Assar and Nigeria’s Segun Toriola at the Lagos Classics was the biggest to be witnessed in the continent. “I think what I saw during the Classics is a confirmation of the passion that Nigerians have for table tennis and this goes to show that NTTF led by Wahid Oshodi did a good job in organizing the tournament. I am hopeful that the Lagos World Tour will also witness this scenario in June,” the ATTF boss said. For NTTF President, Wahid Oshodi, the preparation for the championship has commenced, adding that the federation would ensure that it stages a befitting tournament.
“We are aware of the task ahead and we are going to ensure that we put everything in place that will outshine what we did during the Lagos Classics. We are grateful to ITTF as well as ATTF for the trust and confidence they had on us and we promise that we will not disappoint them,” Oshodi said. The Lagos World Tour will be staged in Lagos in June and Africa Top 16 Cup, which serves as the continent qualifiers for the ITTF World Cups, will follow it.

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

The Association of Sports Veterans of Nigeria at the weekend in Lagos,honoured the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji AminuMaigari with the Sports Achiever of the Year 2013 award.
Speaking at the impressive ceremony, which took place in Surulere,President of the Sports Veterans, Chief Jonathan Ogufere praised the efforts of the NFF in affording all National Teams adequate preparations ahead of major international matches and championships, which resulted in excellent outings for Nigeria teams in the year 2013.“Your managerial qualities shone brightly in the way you allowed all committees to function properly in the discharge of their duties and also motivated the players and coaches to do Nigeria proud on several occasions,” Ogufere said. Responding, Maigari commended the veterans for making him the first recipient of any award by the body in its 10-year existence.
He pledged that alongside the NFF Executive Committee and Management, he would work assiduously to see that all National Teams are adequately prepared to bring glory to Nigeria through international championships this year. Present at the occasion were Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Director of Federations and Elite Athletes Department of NSC, who represented the Honourable Minister of Sports, NFF Vice President Chief Mike Umeh, Executive Committee members Chief Emeka Inyama, Alhaji Muazu Suleyman, Barrister Chris Green and Alhaji Ahmed Fresh, and veterans like Chief Peter Osugo, Mr. Jibade Fashina-Thomas, Alhaji Demola Alli, Prince Isidore Oduah, Mr. Fabio Lanipekun and Etubom Paul Bassey, among others.

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

Teenage sensation, Olajide Omotayo at the weekend began his professional career in the Swiss table tennis league after aiding STT Lugano to a 6-1 win in their first league match against STT Veyrier. The 2013 Asoju Oba Cup champion, who recently moved to Europe to ply his trade in the Swiss elite league was regarded as the youngest in the lucrative league but his performance was instrumental to his team’s triumph.
Playing alongside his teammates – Simone Spinnicha of Italy and Csaba Molnar of Hungary, Omotayo described his experience as exciting. Narrating what transpired in the encounter, Omotayo said: “We played against STT Veyrier and we won 6-1. I won one and lose the other but my teammates won all their matches to give us the needed victory. I feel so happy as this is my first year of playing for a professional club and I think it is going to be a big lesson, which I am ready to learn from because there are lot of good players in Switzerland,” he said.
Continuing he said: “It was not easy at all because we had 16 top teams playing in the league while our next match will be against STT Kloten and I am looking forward to a good outing. For me playing in the league is going to help me a lot because I will be playing some tough matches and I hope to learn from all these matches.”

Infront awarded Sub-Saharan Africa broadcasting rights ahead of Sochi 2014

The deal, which will also involve August’s Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, involves exclusive broadcast rights on free to air television as well as non-exclusive rights on internet and mobile platforms. It will apply to 43 countries in the region spanning Eritrea in the east to Côte d’Ivoire in the west and to Swaziland in the south. It is thought the marketing company will now work to sub-licence the rights by working with France-based agency TV Media Sport (TVMS), which previously distributed Sub-Saharan African rights for the Euro 2012 football championships and the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
IOC member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, added that “Infront has acquired the rights and will now work to sub-licence those rights to broadcasters in the region to ensure excellent coverage of the Olympic Games for sports fans. Stephan Herth, executive director for summer sports of Infront Sports & Media, was also delighted with the news which follows the awarding of broadcasting rights for various other regions.

London “Olympicopolis” questioned as jobs and housing plan for Olympic Park defended

East Village

“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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