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Olumide Oyedeji Reelected As President Of The Nigerian Olympian Association

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Former Team Nigeria captain, Olumide Oyedeji, has been returned as the president of the Nigerian Olympian Association at its Elective Congress held in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

 

The election of the new executive to be led by the former NBA star was described by the congress as a milestone to herald the continued strengthening of the Olympics family in Nigeria.

 

The post of the first vice president went to Lawrence Iquaibom who competed at the 1984 and ‘86 Olympics. Retired quarter-miler and Queen of the track, Falilat Ogunkoya emerged as the second Vice President.

A member of the 1996 gold medal Dream Team, Emmanuel Babayaro, got elected as the general secretary and Ekuta Ewa, who competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was voted as the assistant secretary while the post of treasurer was won by Emmanuel Oshomor.

Others elected members include Mary Nwachukwu, who was a member of the Team Nigeria handball team at Barcelona ‘92 Olympics, as she emerged as the financial secretary. Former national judo champion, Suleiman Musa was elected publicity secretary while Juliana Akhare was elected as welfare officer for the 2022 to 2026 term of office.

 

The oath of office was administered by Barrister Victoria Nlenugbo who was also the electoral chairperson while the certificates of return were presented by the representative of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Kemi Ogundahunsi.

“To walk fast, you can walk alone but if you want to walk far, you have to walk with people,” Oyedeji said.

“This is the dawn of another era where we have another opportunity to build on things done in the past. I call on all Olympians home and abroad to join hands to ensure that the efforts of our heroes are not forgotten”.

 

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Paul Bento Steps Down As South Korea Coach After World Cup Elimination

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Paulo Bento announced he would not be staying on as coach of South Korea after they were eliminated from the World Cup with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil on Monday.

 

“Now I need to think about the future, but I will not be with the Korea team. I am going to rest and then see,” the 53-year-old former Portugal coach said after the loss in the last 16.

 

“I have just told the players and the president of the national federation.

 

“This is a decision which I took in September. It was set in stone and today I confirmed it. I have to thank them and am very proud to have been their manager.”

 

Bento took over following the 2018 World Cup, succeeding Shin Tae-yong.

 

In Qatar, he led South Korea to the knockout round for the first time since 2010 with a last-gasp win over Portugal in their final group game.

 

However, they were outclassed by Brazil as they found themselves four goals down before half-time at Doha’s Stadium 974, although they did pull one back late on through substitute Paik Seung-ho.

 

“I believe we can be very proud of what we have done at this World Cup, and what we have done over the last four years to get here,” said Bento, who coached his home country at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

 

A Korean side captained by Son Heung-min got to Qatar by finishing second in their qualifying group behind Iran but their last-16 exit means they have still never won a World Cup knockout tie outside of their home country.

 

“I think we did really well in the group stage although I think we could have picked up more points as we should have beaten Ghana,” Bento said.

“Part of it was coming down and the bus was a little bit back from that. The bus driver was backing up when it all came crashing down,” Andres Ibarguen told radio station Lloro Stereo.

 

The rainy season that began in August is Colombia’s worst in 40 years, according to the government, causing accidents that have left more than 270 people dead.

 

The country has declared a national disaster over the rains linked to the exceptionally long La Nina weather phenomenon, which cools surface temperatures and is currently causing drought and flooding around the globe.

 

Today, the landslide “puts this town in mourning, tomorrow it could be in another area, because we really have many unstable areas in the country, and the rainy season has not ended,” said Javier Pava of the UNGRD.

 

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization said last week the La Nina conditions could last until February or March 2023.

 

In Colombia, the phenomenon has also caused crop damage, compromising food supplies and leading to soaring prices.

 

In July, three children were killed in northwestern Colombia when a landslide buried a rural school. In February, 14 people died in a mudslide triggered by heavy rains in central-western Risaralda province.

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American Hurdler, McLaughlin-Levrone Beats Amusan To Claim World Athlete Award

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The World Athletics on Monday named American hurdler Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone the Female World Athlete of the Year, beating Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan and three others for the prestigious honour.

 

Amusan, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Peru’s Kimberly Garcia, and Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas were the other finalists.

 

Amusan took the world by storm when she ran 12.12s in the semi-final of the women’s 100m hurdles at the World Championships in Eugene, USA to break Kendra Harrison’s 12.20s World Record.

Amusan ran a faster time – 12.06s – in the final about one hour later to claim gold, although the time wasn’t deemed legal as it was wind-aided.

 

The Nigerian hurdler continued her blistering form by retaining her Commonwealth Games title in Birmingham, UK, setting a Games record of 12.30s.

 

She also retained her Diamond League trophy in her season-ending race.

Swede pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis was also named the Men’s World Athlete of the Year, while American teenager sensation Erriyon Knighton and Serbian javelin thrower Adriana Vilagos won the men’s and women’s Rising Stars awards respectively.

The World Athletics announced the American 400m hurdles Olympics and World Champion and World Record holder as the winner on its website.

 

McLaughlin-Levrone improved her own world 400m hurdles record by 0.78, first to 51.41 at the US Championships and then to an awe-inspiring 50.68 at the World Championships. That secured her a first individual senior world title, and she followed it by anchoring the US team to another 4x400m victory.

The 23-year-old made a statement with her first 400m hurdles race of the year, clocking 51.61 in Nashville in early June. At that point, it was the third-fastest time ever recorded, but the all-time list soon underwent further revisions.

 

Lining up at the US Championships at Hayward Field, McLaughlin stormed to victory in the 400m hurdles in 51.41, taking 0.05 off the mark she set at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“I think there’s a little bit more in the tank there,” she said after her US Championships win. “Hopefully when it’s time we can just empty it completely.”

 

Back at Hayward Field a month later, McLaughlin-Levrone obliterated her previous best, running 50.68 as the home crowd and the rest of the world watched on in amazement.

“All of my goals were accomplished this year,” said McLaughlin-Levrone. “We were able to accomplish everything we set out to do. It couldn’t have been any better, and I was so grateful that I was able to produce that performance in front of a home crowd.”

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Qatar 2022: Full Last 16 Fixtures, Date And Time

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Following a sensational end to the group games of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup on Friday, the round of 16 games will immediately follow up on Saturday (today).

 

The group climaxed with Group H games that saw Ghana and Uruguay bow out even though the South Americans won 2-0. South Korea also joined Portugal in the next round courtesy of a late winner by Hwang Hee-chan.

 

While highly rated teams like Germany, Belgium, and Uruguay failed to make it out of the group stage, Japan, South Korea, and Morocco pulled surprises to top their respective groups.

 

As there is no break after the group stage games, the second round gets underway on Saturday with games between Netherlands and USA as well as between Argentina and Australia.

 

Full Last 16 Fixtures For Qatar 2022 World Cup +Plus Time

See the complete second-round FIFA World Cup 2022 fixtures below:

 

Match 49 – Saturday, 3 December Netherlands-USA, Time: 16:00

 

Match 50 – Saturday, 3 December Argentina-Australia, Time: 20:00

 

Match 51 – Sunday, 4 December England-Senegal, Time: 20:00

 

Match 52 – Sunday, 4 December France-Poland, Time: 16:00

 

Match 53 – Monday, 5 December Japan-Croatia, Time: 16:00

 

Match 54 – Monday, 5 December Brazil-Korea Republic, Time: 20:00

 

Match 55 – Tuesday, 6 December Morocco-Spain, Time: 16:00

 

Match 56 – Tuesday, 6 December Portugal – Switzerland, Time: 20:00

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