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Top Five Notable Events In African Sports

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Through the course of the past week, African Sports saw remarkable events that called for excitement, inspiration and bathed-eyelids in their form.

KSTV highlights the incidents which shaped the sphere in the continent, one way or the other.

  • KANU NWANKWO: ‘lives over trophy’ declaration

From former Nigeria international, Kanu Nwankwo’s declaration of a life being saved through the Kanu Heart Foundation, KHF, is more important any laurel won as a footballer whether for country or club.

Kanu made this declaration in the UK where he is currently on a fund-raising campaign for KHF to save more children from heart diseases.

A football match, the Petrolex Kanu Cup is already scheduled to hold Barnet FC’s Hive Stadium on September 30.

“for me, one life being saved means more than winning trophies.

“trophies are good, you work hard for them, but you have them, hold them and then they are gone. But life, when it stops, that is the end.”

  • ZAMALEK FC: Players Fined NGN2m

Players of Egyptian club, Zamalek FC, were all fined by the chairman for their failure to win the league’s season opener at Petrojet.

The chairman, Mortada Mansour considered the players wasteful chances in the game an eyesore that he sanctioned them with a fine of NGN2m; a sum equivalent to one hundred thousand Egyptian pounds.

Zamalek Chairman, Mortada Mansour, fined the club’s players NGN2m for a draw against Petrojet in an Egyptian league game.

Zamalek drew that game goalless away after failing to convert any of their more-than ten shots at goal.

  • NBBF: Fire and Hire at of D`Tigress coach

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, chose last Friday as its play ‘Hire and Fire’ play day in the labour force.

NBBF sacked the Women Senior national team, D’Tigress’ coach, Sam Vincent on grounds of no assured commitment to the team.

Nigeria Basketball Federation fires Sam Vincent as National Women’s team, D’Tigress coach for lack of commitment to the team

D’Tigress are in camp for the FIBA Women World Cup slated for Spain in September and the ladies needed total concentration and dedication from a team manager; one which the American was not available to give.

Hours later, on the same Friday, another American, this time, a former NBA coach, Otis Hughley was appointed as replacement for Vincent.

Former NBA coach, Otis Hughley takes charge as Nigeria’s national Women Basketball team, D’Tigress’ coach following the sack of Sam Vincent.

Hughley’s appointment was considered on the ground that he is and will be readily available to commit wholly to the team’s preparation for Spain 2018 where that are paired Group B alongside Argentina, Australia and Turkey.

  • CLARENCE SEEDORF: appointment as Cameroon coach

Famous for his achievements at club level with Real Madrid and AC Milan, Clarence Seedorf was given another shot at management by Cameroon.

Clarence Seedorf is appointed as new manager of African champions, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon

The current African Champions appointed Seedorf on Saturday and Patrick Kluivert as assistant. They both are charged to lead the Indomitable Lions to a title defence in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.

  • ASABA 2018: Glitz and Glamour in the Delta capital

Africa’s best senior athletes converged in Delta State capital for the 21st African Athletics Championship on August 1-5.

The five-day athletics championship had top officials from the Confederation of African Athetics, CAA; Confederation of African Football, CAF; International Athletics Federation, IAAF, and others, camped in Asaba.

Asaba had the glitz and glamour of the sport frescoed around it for the long days.

The Africa Athletics Championship takes off on August 1 in Asaba, Delta State.

Though marked by some controversies, the championship ended with some laudable achievements from performance of the athletes to the support from local and visiting fans

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David Barmasai Tumo emerged winner of the 2020 Lagos city marathon

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A Kenyan competitor, David Barmasai Tumo, rose victor of the Lagos long distance race Saturday morning.

Tumo’s 2:10:23 hours time was 4 mins 41 seconds quicker than Abraham Kiprotich’s record in 2018.

The race, which is advocated by Access Bank, began before the National Stadium, Surulere, and finished at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, a 42-kilometer stretch.

Super-Eagles midfielder, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, additionally partook in the race.

Tumo will be remunerated with the race’s great prize of $50,000.

The primary lady to cross the end goal was another Kenyan, Sharon Jemutai Cherop.

Cherop’s 2:31:40 hours time is 6 mins 12 secs quicker than Rodah Jpekorir’s record a year ago.

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Australian Open: Serena Williams vs Rafael Nadal , Coco Gauff vs Venus Williams Rematch

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World number one Rafael Nadal will take on Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the Australian Open initially round one week from now while Serena Williams faces Anastasia Potapova as she continued looking for a 24th Grand Slam title.

The Spaniard is endeavoring to coordinate Roger Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam singles titles on his least most loved surface, having won in Melbourne only once, in 2009.

Australian Nick Kyrgios could be hanging tight for him in the fourth round, the draw uncovered Thursday.

Shielding champion Novak Djokovic will begin his offer to lift a record eighth Australian Open title against Jan-Lennard Struff.

The Serb had a fine 2019, winning five titles including at Melbourne Park and Wimbledon while in transit to closure the year as number two, behind just Nadal.

Straight from helping his nation win the ATP Cup, he will begin his drive to broaden his mind blowing Melbourne run – he holds a 68-8 record – against a German who slammed at the main obstacle a year ago.

Djokovic could meet Greek youthful weapon Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight.

The imperishable Federer, 38, is facing American Steve Johnson in the second from last quarter of the men’s draw as he focuses on a seventh Australian Open title, winning his toward the end in 2018.

Williams, who is looking to coordinate Australian Margaret Court’s record 24 significant singles titles, gets in progress against 90th positioned Russian Potapova with a potential quarter-last against shielding champion Naomi Osaka.

Seeded eight, she heads into the competition on the rear of completion a three-year title dry season by winning the Auckland Classic. She is gunning for an eighth Australian crown and her first Slam title since Melbourne in 2017.

Her sister Venus has a blockbuster initially round conflict against energizing youthful American Coco Gauff, with the champ possibly confronting Osaka in the third round.

Third seed Osaka begins her title resistance against Marie Bouzkova.

World number one Ashleigh Barty opens against Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, with the French Open hero on a crash course with a year ago’s finalist Petra Kvitova in the last eight.

Fourth seed Simona Halep has an extreme opening errand against Jennifer Brady, who beat Barty and Maria Sharapova at the Brisbane International.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova takes on Kristina Mladenovic.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Set To Use Robots

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Robots are set to be utilized at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The sorting out panel for the following summer’s diversions has propelled the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project – one of numerous projects went for making it the most imaginative ever.

The Games get in progress on July 24 2020, coming back to the Japanese capital out of the blue since in 56 years.

Toyota have built up a Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot that will enable observers to appreciate watching the Games in more prominent solace.

The robots will likewise give occasion data, manage individuals to their seats and help debilitated onlookers via conveying nourishment and different things.

Pioneer of the Robot Project Hirohisa Hirukawa, stated: “The Tokyo Games are a novel open door for us to show Japanese robot innovation.

“This task won’t just be tied in with displaying robots, yet exhibiting their reasonable, genuine arrangement helping individuals. So there won’t just be sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, yet in addition some cool robots at work to anticipate too.”

Tokyo 2020 Vice Director General Masaaki Komiya included: “We are commencing this robot venture with the assistance of numerous individuals so as to help understand a really inventive Games, as expressed in Tokyo 2020’s vision.

“I might want whatever number individuals as could be expected under the circumstances to encounter these advances, which are one of Japan’s qualities. I trust that through these advancements we will probably grandstand another style of Games.”

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