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African Games: Commonwealth, African gold medallists lead Nigeria’s Taekwondo team to Morocco

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Nigeria’s Taekwondo team to the 12th African Games in Morocco will be led by defending African Champion, Uzoamaka Otuadinma [female middle -73kg].

Also included in the team are experienced athletes like the Commonwealth gold medallists, Shola Olowookere [male feather -68kg] and Josephine Esuku [female fin -49kg], the Nigeria News Agency reports.

Top male athletes that made the final list include Arinola Abdullateef [male fin -54kg], Abdulfathi Sanusi [male fly -58kg], and Ifeoluwa Ajayi [male bantam -63kg].

Bright Paul Kolade [male light -74kg], Peter Itiku [male welter -80kg], Sunday Onofe [male middle -87kg], and Benjamin Okuomose [male heavy +87kg]

Top female athletes that made the final list include Sekinat Adebayo [female fly -49kg], Chinazum Nwosu [female bantam -53kg], and Helen Okoko [female feather -57kg].

Vivian Ndu [female light -62kg], Elizabeth Anyanacho [female welter -67kg], Uzoamaka Otuadinma [female middle -73kg] and Chiamaka Onumonu [female heavy +73kg].

The team is under coach World Taekwondo Kyung Hee University South Korea Trained International Coaches, Sani Lawal and John Victor.

Nigeria will begin hostilities at the Taekwondo event on Aug. 20 at the Résidence Ziraoui venue, Rabat.

Team Nigeria comprising 462 athletes and officials participating in 22 sports departed Nigeria on Thursday for the Games via a chartered flight.

The 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco, will hold from Aug. 19 to Aug. 31.

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Iranian women can watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official

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The official IRNA news agency, quoted a Sports Ministry official as saying on Sunday, following heightened pressure from FIFA.

Though foreign women have had limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women however, had been banned from the stadium when male teams are playing, since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June, asking it to provide a timeline for women to be able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.

“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October, for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” IRNA quoted deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh as saying.

The AFC, the Asian football governing body, which has 47 members including Iran, said on Tuesday it was working to help world soccer governing body FIFA, find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.

“There is no legal ban for women to watch football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.

Iranian female fans had long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s soccer, and occasionally a limited number of women had been allowed into the stadium.

In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly match against Syria.

Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium.

Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.

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Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official

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While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams are playing since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June asking it to provide a timeline towards women being able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.

“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said.

The Asian football governing body (AFC), which has 47 members including Iran, said it was working to help FIFA find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.

“There is no legal ban for women to watch the football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.

Iranian female fans have long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s football and occasionally a limited number of women have been allowed into the stadium.

In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly against Syria.

Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium. Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. (Reuters/)

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Aguero strikes again as Manchester City win at Bournemouth

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Aguero, who has scored in all three games this season, gave City a 15th-minute lead.

The striker slotted home after left back Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross had been mis-hit by Kevin De Bruyne only to fall kindly for the Argentine.

Adam Smith then missed a great chance to level for the Cherries, firing high over the bar from a good position after some poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi.

Moments later Raheem Sterling doubled City’s lead with a confident finish after David Silva concluded a sweeping move with a perfectly angled pass to the England striker.

But Bournemouth got back into the game in magnificent fashion, just before the interval, thanks to an unstoppable curling free-kick from substitute Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool.

Wilson went close to a leveller after the interval but Ederson was out quickly to foil his effort.

City then made sure of the win when Aguero poked home his second goal in the 63rd minute, following in for the scraps after David Silva had surged into the box. (Reuters/)

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Nigeria have prospect to produce world class athletes, says Lawmaker

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Lazarus Ogbee, member House Representative Committee on Sports, on Sunday said that Nigerian athletes have prospect to be world class athletes.

Ogbee told the Nigeria News Agency in Rabat, Morocco that the performance of Nigerian athletes at the ongoing 12th African Games confirmed that the country had abundant talents.

“Nigeria has the prospect of producing world class athletes. All they need is little encouragements and doing the right thing at the right time and having more training facilities in the country.

“Since I am in the committee for sports, what I have seen has encouraged me and has given me the tonic to do more and to encourage our people to invest in sports.

“We have every potential and the country can go on to produce world beaters in sports,’’ he said.

Ogbee, who watched the Nigerian female volleyball team beat Botswana, tasked the team to win gold medal at the Games.

Nigeria beat Botswana 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15) at the Salle El Bouâzzaoui.

Ogbee commended the Nigerian the volleyball team for recording her first victory at the Games.

He said that the nation was strongly behind them.

“The women’s volleyball team has the support of the country that is why we came here in our numbers in the name of the government to support them.

“We have been going from one event center to the other to make sure we cheer the Nigerian contingent to victory and the women’s volleyball team has done wonderfully well today by beating their Botswana counterparts.

“We encourage them to go further to win the gold medal,’’ Ogbee said.

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12th African Games: Nigeria in final of team event in badminton 

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Badminton

By Debo Oshundun

Rabat (Morocco), Aug. 25, 2019 Nigeria on Sunday defeated Egypt in Casablanca at the ongoing 12th African Games 3-0 to qualify for the final of the Badminton team event.

The victory has now set the stage for the final against Algeria later on Sunday.

The game opened with the mixed doubles as Doha Hanny and Adham El Gamal paired against the Nigerian duo of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji.

The Nigerians won 21-15, 21-15 and 21-19.

In the men’s singles, Anuoluwapo Opeyori beat Mostafa Kamel 21-14 and 21-12, while Dorcas Adesokan completed the rout with a 21-10, 21-11 defeat of Hadia Hosny in the female category.

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