Nigerian sports heading for crisis
During the week, there was a mail seemingly from the Ministry of Sports to overseas-based athletes to find their way to Rio to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics – this mail was denied but there are Nigerian athletes like Regina George [gofundme] who are crowd funding their way to Rio. Also there was a protest against Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, on the arrival of FIFA President, Gianni Infantino to Nigeria.
Flying Eagles lose to Sudan
The national U-20 national football team, the Flying Eagles, were thrown out of the CAF U-20 tournament after they lost on aggregate scores to Sudan. Having won the first leg 2-1 two weeks ago, it was supposed to be a stroll at the Teslim Balogun Stadium but the Sudanese had other plans as they shocked their Nigerian opponents 4-3 on the day to bring aggregate scores to 5-5.
Harrison breaks 100m hurdles record
Kendra Harrison surprisingly broke the 100m hurdles world record at the London Anniversary Games even though the American sprinter would not be going to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.
Harrison, who missed out on a spot in the USA’s team for the Rio Olympics after finishing sixth at the US Olympic trials, ran 12.20 as she demolished the field in London.
Allardyce named England manager
Sam Allardyce fulfilled a dream of coaching his country after he was named as the substantive England boss on a two-year contract. The former Sunderland boss missed out on the post in 2006 but 10 years on, the 61-year-old, who has a credible record of not getting relegated from the EPL has the chance to lift the country from the new disappointment of France 2016.
Bolt returns to action
Athletics superstar Usain Bolt is back on track after a bout of injury and showed that there was no rust with a commanding 19.98s victory at the London Anniversary Games. Bolt had qualified for the 100m in Rio but was in danger of missing out on the 200m but he showed that he will be in his elements come August.
Froome wins 3rd Tour de France
Chris Froome won a historic third Tour de France title over the weekend to become just the eighth man in history to win three title. He added the 2016 title to the ones he earlier won in 2013 and 2015 titles as he joined Greg LeMond, Louison Bobet and Philippe Thys as the only other thrice winners.
Ahead of him are Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil, who stand ahead of the English rider with five titles each.
Russia just about make it to Rio
There was talk of a complete ban on all Russian athletes but the Sebastian Coe-led International Olympic Committee gave the country a fillip by passing the decision to individual sports associations after more allegations of state-led doping.
Well, long jump champion Greg Rutherford branded the IOC’s decision as “spineless” and expressed surprise that more athletes were not speaking out but he must be reminded of the fact that the major whistle blower, Yulia Stepanova, will not be able to compete in Rio as a neutral athlete – so what is the dividend of saying the truth.
They say lies can travel a thousand years but truth will catch up in one day. Have a truthful week ahead.
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