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Ticket sales for 2020 Tokyo Games open to Japan residents



Ticket sales for 2020 Tokyo Games open to Japan residents


The procedure got off to a shaky start as the official ticketing website opened at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Potential spectators eager to secure tickets overloaded the website, causing delays in accessing the site, logging in and lengthy processing times.

Those to purchase tickets on the website for the Games from July 24 to August 9 are allowed to register 30 first and 30 second choices for events they wish to see.

The cap is set at 30 tickets per person, the organisers said.

Following the registration period for the lottery, the results will be announced on June 20, the organisers said.

This follows a new law coming into effect from June 14, banning ticket scalping in an attempt to quash attempts by ticket touts to sell overly-priced tickets.

Prices for tickets have been fixed by the organisers so that most budgets can be catered to, with the cheapest tickets starting from about 22 U.S. dollars.

Tickets are also available for the opening and closing ceremonies.

From the autumn period of 2019, people who were unsuccessful in the lottery will be able to try and secure tickets on a first-come, first serve basis.

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Indian railways cancels all train tickets until June 30 booked before lockdown



India’s federal railways Thursday ordered cancellation of all tickets for regular passenger trains until June 30 booked ahead of imposition of COVID-19 lockdown in the country, officials said.

However, the Shramik Special trains ferrying migrant workers back to their native place, and passenger trains that started running this week between Delhi and 15 major stations will continue to operate as scheduled.

“Regular passenger service including mail, express, passenger and suburban services cancelled until further order. Booked tickets for these trains for period up to June 30 will be cancelled,” a railway official said.

According to railways, a full refund will be given to all passengers whose tickets stand cancelled.

All passenger trains were suspended since March 22, three days before the start of a nationwide lockdown in the country. The lockdown restrictions were imposed to break the COVID-19 chain of transmission.

Earlier this month government started special trains for the stranded migrant workers. On Sunday the railways announced plans to restart passenger trains in a phased manner.

“As on 13th May 2020, a total of 642 ‘Shramik Special’ trains have been operationalized from various states across the country. Around 790,000 passengers have reached their home state,” a statement issued by railways said.

As May 17 will mark the end of the third phase of the coronavirus lockdown, the government is all set to impose a fourth phase with a new set of rules.

Indian sprawling railways is the world‘s third largest network, that used to ferry around 23 million people a day.

Ahead of lockdown, around 12,000 trains were being run each day, reports said.


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Lockdown relaxation: BRT scraps short-distance tickets, to commute 20 passengers per bus



Primero Transport Services Ltd., operator of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos, says it will only be carrying 20 commuters with face masks per bus as from Monday to contain further spread of COVID-19.

The Managing Director of the firm, Mr Fola Tinubu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday that the 21st person onboard would be the driver.

Tinubu, however, said that the company would not issue short-distance tickets as from Monday, saying short-distance commuters that wished to use the service must be ready to pay for the longest distance tickets on their route.

The BRT boss explained that the firm had scrapped N100 and N150 tickets for short distances in the main time and asked commuters to be ready to pay for the N200, N250 or 300 tickets, depending on their routes.

“We are going to carry only 20 passengers per bus, the 21st person on bus will be the driver starting from Monday.

“We will space them zigzagly; we will show them how to sit. We don’t want anybody to sit next to each other. There will be no air conditioner; we are going to open the windows to allow enough ventilation.

“We will only be doing long distance; we will only be selling N200, N250 and N300 tickets. We will not be doing short distance of N100 or N150 stuff. So, anybody that wants to do short distance will have to pay for the long distance.

“We want to concentrate with the buses on the long distance since we can only carry 20 people. We will not sell ticket for short distance at all,” he told NAN.

According to him, all the passengers must wear masks and sanitise their hands before they will be allowed to board buses.

He said while the firm would provide alcohol-based hand sanitisers before the trip and after the trip, passengers should provide the mask by themselves.

Tinubu said that the firm would adhere strictly to the guidelines by the Lagos State Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA), its regulator.

“We know it will be a tough time for the firm but it’s for everybody’s safety,” the BRT boss added.

He said that the firm would deploy enough sanitisers to bus stations across the state, urging passengers to cooperate with its staff assigned to ensure adherence to precautionary measures.

On how to ensure social distancing on queues, Tinubu said that the firm would do everything possible to ensure social distancing.

He, however, said that ensuring social distancing on queues might seem tough to achieve in reality.

“That is going to be tough, I don’t know but we are still figuring that out because we don’t know how people are going to show up.

“However, the good thing is that we have more buses now that we can deploy. We have used this opportunity of lockdown to fix some of our buses that were faulty,” he said.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on April 27 announced a “gradual easing” of COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, from May 4, after a four-week lockdown of the areas to contain the spread of COVID-19.

By Monday, residents of Lagos and Abuja would have been on lockdown to contain spread of the global pandemic for five weeks.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Man Utd to refund tickets if season abandoned or finished without fans



Manchester United will offer fans either a pro-rata cash refund or a rebate on next season’s tickets if this season’s remaining Premier League games are cancelled or played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, the club said on Friday.

The outbreak has brought sport around the world to a virtual standstill, with the Premier League suspended until at least April 30.

United said in a statement that they had also suspended the May 1 deadline for season ticket renewal until the club received confirmation of when next season would start.

“We know our fans will not want to miss any games played in the coming months… but clearly we must all play our part in the efforts to combat coronavirus,” group managing director Richard Arnold said.

“By pushing the season ticket renewal deadline back and confirming our policy if games were to be cancelled or played behind closed doors, we want to ease any concerns our loyal fans may have.”

The club added that all tickets would be valid if the current season resumes and games are played as normal from a later date.

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NANTA record N360bn ticket sales for 2019 — Official



The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), on Saturday said it recorded N360 billion ticket sales for 2019.

The association’s  National President, Mr Bankole Bernard, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

He noted, however, that there were more sales in  2018  compared to what was obtained in 2019.

According to him, a total of  N525 billion ticket sales was recorded in 2018, making a difference of N165 billion from 2019.

Bernard  explained that the decline in sales was because some airlines stopped operating in 2019 and that it would only take a natural course for a boost to reoccur.

“For 2019, we had ticket sales of N360 billion and N525 billion for 2018.

“The decline was because some airlines stopped operations in 2019; in 2018 we had lots of airlines operating and they were generating huge revenue.

“To have a serious boost again, it will take a natural course and increased airlines operating.

“Also airlines had some level of competitions among themselves while they kept reducing fares in order to make more sales; so, this naturally resulted to less yield,” he said.

The president further  attributed the decline in ticket sales to the xenophobic attacks in some countries and visa restrictions by the U.S., also in  2019.

He said that for 2020,  the association had recorded N180 billion loss already due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resultant effect of social distancing.

He, however, urged its members to obey the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s rule of social distancing in order to stay safe.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu

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Anti-monopoly watchdog urges Russian flag carrier to ensure ticket availability



The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) on Friday urged flag carrier Aeroflot to correct its price policy and ensure that tickets are available for Russians wishing to go home amid global COVID-19 outbreak.

Multiple countries have closed borders, suspended air travel or started quarantine amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, which resulted in travellers urgently trying to get back home.

The watchdog said as “there are many unused aircraft, an attempt to make money on people in emergency situation is not lawful’’.

FAS suggested that as for Aeroflot’s losses on empty outbound flights to pick up Russians from abroad, these could be compensated with increased tariffs on navigation for foreign companies.

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Manchester United freeze ticket prices for ninth consecutive season



Manchester United have frozen their season ticket prices for the ninth straight season in general admission areas of the stadium, the English Premier League (EPL) club said on Monday.

In addition to the price freeze, Manchester United said they would expand dedicated areas for vocal fans in the Stretford End at Old Trafford to increase decibel levels.

They will also trial rail seating, subject to approval from local authorities.

“We’ve worked closely with fan groups and through the Fans’ Forum to help achieve this shared goal of reviving the Stretford End to its traditional status as the heartbeat of our match day.

“We have also submitted a proposal to the local authority to trial a rail seating area within the stadium.

“Our belief is that the introduction of rail seating would enhance spectator safety in areas of the stadium where, as with other clubs, we have seen examples of persistent standing,” support.United said in a statement.

The 20-times English champions said more than 100,000 people were on the waiting list for season tickets.

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Beach volleyball: Coach optimistic Nigerian women will secure ticket at qualifiers



NNN: The national female beach volleyball team coach, Francis Imodu, says he is optimistic that Nigeria would secure a ticket from the second phase of the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers in Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Nigeria is in Group C of the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers Women Beach Volleyball Second Round/Continental Cup 2020.

Imodu told NAN on Monday in Abuja that the team were 80 percent ready to make the country proud.

He said the team would at the Abuja qualifiers which begins on Wednesday replicate their performance at the first round of the qualifiers in Ghana.

“The team have been preparing for the qualifiers. It is a possible project for the ladies to make the country proud and qualify for the Olympics.

“The players have been preparing and training, and they are determined to give their best because they want to reach the next level of their career and be Olympians.

“They emerged champions in the first round of the qualifiers in Ghana and I’m sure they will replicate their performance to make the federation and the country proud,” Imodu said.

NAN reports that the beach volleyball qualifying tournament will take place from Wednesday to Sunday at the Jabi Lake Beach in Abuja.

Nigeria will compete against Kenya, Cape Verde, DR Congo and Zambia in Group C of the qualifiers.

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Tokyo 2020 tickets goes between $32 & $33 — Agent



Tokyo 2020 accredited ticketing agent, Daniel Beniston, says ticket prices for the Summer Olympics range from 32 dollars to 33 dollars for the category B of the event.

Beniston, a representative of Kingdom Sports, the official ticketing agent for Tokyo 2020, gave the price list at a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC)-backed event was held at the NOC Board Room, National Stadium, Surulere.

Beniston said that there were about 200,000 categories of tickets for the Olympics, adding that the most expensive tickets goes for 2,900 dollars for the opening ceremony.

“In terms of pricing for the tickets, there are about 200,000 types and categories for the Olympics with their ranges.

“The tickets are about 32 to 33 dollars per ticket and the most expensive ticket in the category is for the athletics event which is about 1,320 dollars for Category A seat.

“I want to say that not all the tickets are expensive; there are also tickets that are as cheap as 70 dollars for Category, but we dont have all the categories available.

“The tickets are placed in the category and we have made them in Silver, Bronze and Platinum packages, while the client have the opportunity to make their choice,” he said.

Beniston said a client could buy four tickets per session and maximum of five sessions, adding that the ticket sale would go online March 18 at 7a.m., Nigerian time.

“The maximum number of tickets we have to give to client is four tickets per session and maximum of five sessions for each client.

“We want to say that buying ticket for the Olympics is not a guarantee for visa, but it can aid the processing for getting the visa

“What having the ticket is just to speed up the process of getting the visa, we will have to send the ticket and hotel booking to the Japanese embassy maybe to speed up the visa application.

“The most expensive ticket is 2,900 dollars which is for the opening ceremony which is limited and currently not on sale again as the tickets are fully booked,” he said.

Beniston said that the tickets could be booked via the website:

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi

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NOC partners Authorised Ticket Reseller on Tokyo 2020 ticketing



President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, says the Committee has gone into partnership with Kingdom Sports Group as its Authorised Tickets Reseller (ATR) for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Gumel, who stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, said the partnership was necessary in order to ensure that Nigerians who wish to travel for the Games encountered no hassles.

“We met with the Minister of Youths and Sports Development and other ministry officials yesterday (Tuesday) and discussed what’s best for Nigerians in terms of processing tickets for the games,” he said.

Gumel said it was therefore necessary for the NOC and the ATR to provide adequate information to the Nigerian public on how to go about booking their tickets for Tokyo 2020.

Managing Director of Kingdom Sports Group, Daniel Baniston, said he was in Nigeria to ensure that Nigerians travelling for the Games were fully aware of the packages available through his company.

He said it was important for the company to explain the complexities involved in the ticketing programme for the Olympics.

“Previously within major sports events, people may have purchased their tickets from incorrect or illegal sources and as a result they won’t get entry into the stadium or secure entry visas.

“It is therefore important for the message to go out that tickets can only be purchased through official sources.

“Part of the rules and regulations for Tokyo 2020 is that the ticketing programme is heavily controlled by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Local Olympic Committee,” Baniston said.

Kingdom Sports Group, an IOC and Tokyo 2020 LOC-accredited ATR which has been involved in 11 Olympic Games, was licensed to provide ticketing services for 36 countries, including Nigeria.

Baniston said Tokyo 2020 was destined to be the biggest sports event the world has ever seen, and that the organisers were currently facing challenges of unprecedented demand for tickets.

“When Japan opened up the applications, there was 92 per cent of Japanese nationals alone who wanted to get tickets to the Games but couldn’t.

“Internationally, there are 20 times larger demands for Tokyo 2020 tickets than there were for London 2012. It goes to show how popular the Olympics have become,” he said.

Baniston said his company’s job was to ensure that as many Nigerians who want to make the trip to Tokyo secure Games tickets to cheer their athletes and have a memorable experience.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that tickets packages are categorised into Three-Star, Four-Star, Five-Star and Five-Star Plus accommodation and event tickets across multiple categories.

Kingdom Sports Group will in March launch the final phase of their ticketing programme to provide the greatest access possible to as many clients as possible in 36 countries.

Baniston said his company has over 2,500 different types of tickets available for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

NAN also reports that hoarded and resold tickets have now been prohibited by the IOC and Tokyo 2020 LOC, and such tickets would be cancelled and entry visas denied their holders.

Baniston however acknowledged that one of the challenges would-be travelers to the Games might face was that of procurement of visas from the Japanese Embassy.

“Although, holding events tickets does not guarantee visa issuance, our company has concluded plans to assist Nigerians planning to travel for the Games with letters of introduction to the Japanese Embassy.’’

He advised intending travelers to have pre-application conversation with officials of the embassy to be in good stead for visa issuance.

Asked if many Nigerians had shown interest in travelling for the Tokyo Olympics, Gumel said he was optimistic that an appreciable number of Nigerians would like to be at the Games .

He said the NOC painstakingly chose Kingdom Sports Group as its exclusive ATR to ease the stress of Nigerians, considering that tickets for Tokyo 2020 have already been over-subscribed.

The NOC president urged interested Nigerians to visit www.kingdomsg.comto choose ticketing and travelling options which best suit their interests.

NAN reports that 11,091 athletes are expected to participate in 339 events across 33 sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games between July 24 and Aug. 9.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi)

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Presidency: Group advises APC to concede ticket to South East



The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) South East Forum, has advised the APC to concede its 2023 presidential ticket to the South East to attract massive vote from the zone.

Mr Lawrence Onuchukwu, the forum leader said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja in support of Gov. Nasir el-Rufai’s of Kaduna State call for the rotational convention from the northern Nigeria to South.

Onuchukwu said that the rotation from the North to the South was one of the surest ways for the party to amass large vote from the zone and the geopolitical region which would translate into another landslide victory for the party.

According to him, the South East zone has remained the only zone in the southern Nigeria that has not produced the nation’s president since the rotation convention dispensation that began in 1999.

“The APC as ruling party must do everything possible to concede its presidential ticket to a South easterner in 2023 to attract massive vote and a landslide victory for the presidential election,” he said.

Onuchukwu reiterated that the rotation of presidency between the North and South remained a veritable recipe to check mistrust among political leaders and bring about peace and unity in the nation.

He noted that the practice was the main reason why Nigeria had enjoyed and experienced over 20 years of unbroken democracy since 1999.

“Its no magic that Nigeria has experienced over 20 years unbroken democracy; it is all due to the rotation of power that has been going on since 1999 to date,’’ he said.

He lauded the support of el-Rufa’i for the rotational convention, saying that he was courageous to speak the truth against all odds.

He commended el-Rufa’i for his advocacy that the 2023 presidency should go to the southern part of the country.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Kayode Olaitan

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Nwosu, Ajayi lose out, Anyancho picks ticket in Taekwondo Olympic qualifiers



Nigeria’s current Taekwondo champion in the 57 kg female category, Chinazum Nwosu, lost out in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers held in Rabat, Morocco.

Nigeria open gold medalist, Ifeoluwa Ajayi, also failed to pick the qualification ticket in the 68kg male category at the just concluded African qualification tournament.

The duo lost out in the crucial semifinals’ showdown against Niger Republic and Mali, respectively.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that 135 athletes from 35 African countries contested for 16 Olympics tickets, while eight of those Olympic tickets were already earned on the first day of the tournament.

The championship, which was an Olympic qualifiers, took place in Rabat, Morocco from Feb.22 and Feb. 23.

Host Morocco, Egypt, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Gabon, Mali, Niger Republic and Kenya participated in the tournament.

Nwosu had defeated Algeria’s Soualili Nesrine Souad 20 – 3 in the quarterfinals before a shocking 10 – 33 loss to Niger Republic’s Tekiath Ben.

The African champion rebounded in the bronze medal match by defeating Ghana 18 – 0 to come away with a conciliatory bronze medal

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Anyancho picked the Olympic qualifier ticket in the 67kg female category.

Morocco and Egypt secured two Olympic tickets while the remaining four tickets were won by Nigeria, Ethopia, Cote D’ivoire and Gabon.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi

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Nigeria’s Anyanacho clinches Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket



Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho has qualified for the Taekwondo event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after triumphing at the African qualifier in Rabat Morocco.

Nigeria News Agency reports that 20-year -old Anyancho secured the historic berth after defeating a five-time continental medalist, Urgence Mouega of Gabon, who was the former African Champion.

The result had made Elizabeth the first female to qualify for the Taekwondo event of the Olympics in 16 years, and the second female after Princess Dudu’s qualification for the Athens 2004 Olympics.

Nigeria’s Benjamin Okuomose, however, failed to clinch the Olympic ticket after losing 17 – 19 to former World Champion and Olympic Silver medalist, Anthony Obame of Gabon.

The Nigerian had defeated Mozambique 10 – 0 at the opening round before the semi-finals defeat by Obame.

Nigeria’s Benjamin Okuomose beat Kenya’s Newton Maliro Nambani, 27 – 2 to win the bronze medal and will be on stand-by in case of any doping infractions by the eventual finalists.

NAN reports that at the pre-tournament head of team meeting, organisers confirmed that only finalists will clinch the Olympic tickets to Tokyo.

Hostilities will continue for the remaining eight tickets, with Nigeria’s duo of African Champion Chinazum Nwosu and Ifeoluwa Ajayi poised to join teammate Anyanacho for the winning tickets.

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Taekwondo: Team Nigeria assures of picking Tokyo Olympics tickets in Morocco



National taekwondo team captain Chinazum Nwosu on Thursday assured that the team would pick tickets to the 2020 Olympics at the Africa Qualification Tournament in Rabat, Morocco.

Nwosu told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, ahead of the team’s departure to Morocco Thursday, that the athletes were fully ready to perform and excel.

NAN reports that the team left Abuja on Thursday after an initial postponement of its scheduled departure due to a delay in release of funds.

The team’s quartet of Chinazum Nwosu, Benjamin Okuomose, Elizabeth Anyanocho and Ifeoluwa Ajayi, as well as accompanying officials left for Rabat via Air Maroc Airlines.

The contingent was expected to arrive just in time for the qualifiers which runs from Friday to Monday.

Nwosu, who narrowly lost out on clinching a Rio 2016 Olympics ticket, is hopeful for different results in Rabat where she won an African Games medal in 2019.

She said the team had prepared well for the tournament and expressed confidence in the team doing the country proud.

“As captain of the team, I know 100 per cent that the team is ready and we are very focused on qualifying for the Olympics,” Nwosu said.

On his part, Okuomose said his aim was to go a step further in the sport by qualifying for the Olympics.

The African Games bronze medalist and national champion said his participation at the Fujairah Open recently had boosted his confidence for the qualifiers in Rabat.

“I do not feel any tension and I am very ready to make Nigeria proud. I just have to stay focused,” he said.

Also, Anyanocho said the support from the Nigeria taekwondo community had been very helpful.

“My mind and body have undergone serious training. So, I believe I have prepared enough. I will like to thank members of the Nigeria taekwondo family for their kind words and encouragement,” she said.

Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Nigeria International Open gold medalist and current national champion, acknowledged that the team would be up against the best at the qualifiers.

“But I am optimistic about the team’s chances. We will definitely deliver.’’

Earlier, Margaret Binga, the President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), had said she was glad the team had departed for the Olympic qualifiers after the initial delay.

She said the team was well prepared for the tournament and assured that Nigeria’s flag would be hoisted at the taekwondo event of the Tokyo Olympics later in the year.

The tournament will have 105 participants, made up of 63 male and 42 female from 36 countries.

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37th Ramat Cup: Teams battle for semi-final tickets, as Gawuna praises participating players



The battle for the semi-final tickets at the ongoing 37thRamat International Cup competition in Kano will heighten as Rivers take on their Ogun counterparts in an encounter on Wednesday.

Rivers topped Group A in the opening round with 10 points, while Ekiti with 11 points led Group B.

The Kogi team will also be in the race for quarter-final tickets, just as Bauchi State will confront Kaduna State.

Kwara and Oyo State will slug it out for the last ticket of the day.

Speaking on the competition, the President of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Nasiru Gawuna, said players at the competition had shown great examples for the country.

Gawuna, who is also the Deputy Governor of Kano State, said the players had with the attitude displayed so far showed that the greatness of the country lies with the youths.

“I must commend the players and officials for the level of discipline exhibited so far and I believe YSFON and others are taking note of them,” he said.


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UEFA receives record 28.3 million ticket requests for Euro 2020



UEFA has received approximately 28.3 million requests for 2.5 million available tickets at the 2020 European Championship, European football’s governing body said on Friday.

This is double the amount sought in the last edition of the event.

In the ticketing sales phase for fans of qualified teams in December, a record 8.9 million tickets were requested.

This is more than three times the number in the same phase for Euro 2016.

The month-long general public sales from June 12 last year had 19.3 million ticket applications, UEFA added.

The final, which will take place at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 12, has attracted over 714,000 ticket requests, which is almost eight times the capacity of the ground.

“The match between France and Germany, which will be staged in Munich on June 16 attracted 710,000 requests,” UEFA said in a statement.

Euro 2020, which runs from June 12 to July 12, is being played in 12 cities across Europe for the first time to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition.

“Significantly, 64 per cent of ticket applications came from fans within host countries, emphasising that UEFA Euro 2020 will bring football closer to more local fans than ever before,” UEFA added.

Fans of the four teams who advance through the European qualifying playoffs can apply online for tickets in April.


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SD Unity Cup: Oyo NUJ team secures quarterfinal ticket



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, on Thursday in Ibadan secured a quarter final slot in the ongoing Sunday Dare Unity Cup competition.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the team secured the slot after defeating Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency Football Team 1-0.

NAN reports that the team had in the tension-soaked match played at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, securing its lone goal in the 47th minute through Tobi Olayiwola.

Mr Ademola Babalola, the Oyo NUJ Chairman, expressed joy at the outcome of the match and commended the players for their performance so far in the tournament.

“I am highly elated by the outcome of today’s match. Our colleagues did very well for NUJ and we are very happy from the first blast of the whistle to the end of the game.

“We came out victorious and we are now qualified for the quarterfinal of this competition. I have addressed them and I told them that I like their team spirit, they should keep it up.

“With this indomitable spirit, we can emerge victorious at the end of the day to be the cup winner for this edition of the competition,” he said.

He called on the team’s officials to work on the striking and the midfield formation, saying the defensive and goal keeping lines were fantastic.

The chairman also said that the strikers in the team needed strong support to do well in the next match.

“Going by the indomitable spirit we have and the level of preparedness, I think we can do better in the next match, and go ahead to win the semifinal and the final itself.

“I hope and we are going to pray for the team. We are not going to rest on our oars. We will support it with all it needs to come out victorious, and win this edition of the competition and keep it for the record,” he said.

The NUJ team coach, Femi Amusan, expressed joy over the team’s victory in its first two games which saw them through to the quarterfinals of the competition.

He said that the game started on a negative note due to challenges of jerseys which came in the same colours, noting that this could affect the players psychologically.

“At the same time, this is youth football. You tell them this is how to play, the players respond in another way. We wanted them to at least play beautiful football and explore the field beyond winning.

“But, you see that they, because they want to play, they were eager and in the process they made some silly mistakes.

” When they came out in the second half, I think they settled down.

“They scored early in the second half which is very good. We play5 two games, we won two games and we are not tired, we are not ready to leave this tournament yet,” he said.

NAN reports that the NUJ team is now leading the group with six points in two matches, having earlier on Tuesday defeated Orelope/Irepo Federal Constituency team 1-0

The NUJ team would on Saturday take on Ogbomoso North/South/Oriire Federal Constituency side.

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Team Ekiti will surely win tickets to 20th NSF, coach says



Kehinde Anjorin, the Head Coach of Team Ekiti to the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF), on Wedneday assured that his team would excel at the ongoing South West Zonal Qualifiers.

Anjorin told the Nigeria News Agency in Ado-Ekiti that his team has been prepared to perform well at the qualifying competition in Lagos.

He spoke ahead of Thursday’s qualifying matches against Oyo State and Ogun teams, saying his team has all it takes to qualify for the 20th NSF tagged “Edo 2020’’.

“Our male football team has been drawn with the Oyo State and Ogun teams in the ongoing qualifiers at the Agege Stadium and we are fully prepared for this competition.

“I am sure that the Ekiti team will win a ticket to participate in Edo 2020,” Anjorin said.  


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Corporation finalises E-ticketing for trains in Nigeria



Mr Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director,  Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), says the corporation will soon introduce e-ticketing for train services across the country.

Okhiria told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja that the processes involving the commencement of the e-ticket platform was at its final stage.

“The e-ticketing has gone to advanced stage, the process is on, we are just at the final stage of getting the necessary approval for them to be deployed.

“It has passed through ICPC, BPE, we hope very soon it will kick off. I can’t give the time exactly when it will start but the FEC will decide,” he explained.

According to Okhiria, the e-ticket will be sold at various designated places and platforms to enable people access tickets easily with less hurdles.

He said: ”It can be sold through phones and in designated outlets hence there will be franchising and it will still be sold at the stations.”

He said measures were in place to ensure the e-ticketing for the country’s train line met international standard.

Okhiria said the e-ticketing platform would not only guarantee orderliness in purchasing of tickets but would address some major security challenges.

Besides, he said that the e-ticketing would ensure the data base of all passengers boarding the train were captured in case of emergencies.

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3SC’ll secure promotion ticket to NPFL, Gov. Makinde assures fans



Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Sunday in Ibadan assured supporters of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan that the team would secure promotion ticket this season.

He gave the assurance at the Lekan Salami Stadium at Adamasingba in Ibadan afyer a match involving 3SC and Ekiti United Football Club of Ado-Ekiti.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that 3SC took on Ekiti United FC in a week 5 match of the 2019/2020 Nigeria National League (NNL).

NAN reports also that 3SC defeated Ekiti United 1-0 through an 87th minute goal by Chinedu Enuademu.

The governor expressed optimism that 3SC were due for promotion into the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

“3SC are due for promotion into the NPFL this season and our administration will do everything humanly possible to ensure the club are promoted. We must regain the club’s lost glory,” he said.

Makinde said his being there on Sunday to watch the match was to support the team and ensure the team secured a promotion ticket into NPFL from their group.

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Aspiring paralympian shines in ValueJet PTT, confident of 2020 ticket



Faith Obazuaye, 2018 Commonwealth silver medalist, has said that her participation in the ValueJet Para Table Tennis Open Championships had boosted her confidence towards the Paralympics Qualifier billed for China in 2020.

ValueJet Para Table Tennis Open Championships Obazuaye  a top 6-10 classified player in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Para Table Tennis (PTT)-endorsed championships, told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that it was an exposure for her.

NAN reports that the Value Jet Airline sponsored Championships held from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21 with 194 players from Nigeria, South Africa, Algeria and Morocco was organised by Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) in collaboration with Sunday Odebode Sport Foundation.

The 26th ITTF PTT ranked player said that she competed with good players from Nigeria and other countries which she needed as fundamental buildup towards to excel in the qualifies and pick the 2020 Paralympics ticket.

“We the PTT players are happy with this laudable development: However, I am particularly glad because I am preparing for Paralympics Qualifier which is barely four months from now and I have progressed to the finals.

“Although I have being training towards it and looking forward for a standard championships like this to test my self and it’s a wonderful experience for me because I am now in the finals.

“I was able to play with good players both Nigerians and foreigners and my participation in this championships have really added value to my career and the Parympic qualifier ahead of me,” she said.

The Edo State born ping-pong player applauded Sunday Odebode Sport Foundation, facilitator of the maiden edition of the ValueJet Para Table Tennis Open sponsored Championships for the initiative and support.

She also described the championships as a welcome development that would go a long way to identify raw talents and enhance the growth of the para division of NTTF and its players.

“The Sunday Odebode Sport Foundation has really done us well and we appreciate them for yielding to our call in the para division which has pulled this large number of players, especially our local players.

“They have promised to sustain the championship and I believe that it will really help inspire existing players and encourage upcomings to build their career in the sport because its classified accordingly,” she added.

NAN reports that the maiden edition of the NTTF organised ValueJet Para Table Tennis Open Championships had John Peters, an ITTF certified Umpire, national and international umpires as officials in the event.

Edited by: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi

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