EBOLA: Olympic Charter Questioned as China Bars Nigeria from Youth Games.

Ebola threatens Nigeria's future champions

Ebola threatens Nigeria’s future champions

 

The Spirit of the Olympics is being tested in faraway Nanjin china as the Chinese Government has openly shown discrimination against Nigeria.

Nigerian athletes who are in China for the Youth Olympics have been quarantined and barred from training over the outbreak of the Ebola virus back home.
The Chinese Government, a statement by the National Sports Commission said, has prevented the athletes from training as other countries’ athletes have been doing since arrival.

This is unacceptable and totally against the Olympic spirit.

In a statement signed Wednesday by the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye Nigeria protested to the organisers that the treatment to the Nigerian athletes were inhuman.

The Youth Olympics is scheduled to hold in Nanjing, China from August 16 to August 18. And Team Nigeria were to participate in three sports – Athletics, Wrestling and Beach Vollleyball, with twelve athletes.

The Government has since decided to withdraw the team from the Games.

The vanguard newspaper reports that The decision to withdraw Team Nigeria from the Games was taken after a meeting with Sports Minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo, Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, President, Engr Sani M. Ndanusa and the Director General of the National sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye.
Though the officials have not reacted to Nigeria’s withdrawal of her athletes, the discrimination and subsequent quarantine of the athletes is not unconnected to the Ebola virus that is ravaging part of West Africa.
The athletes and their officials have been directed to leave China and head home.

It is so sad because the Chinese have always been welcomed in Nigeria for Business and leisure even in the height of when they had the bird flu epidemic.

Nigerian Athletes were Neglected in America-Ogunode

Femi Ogunode, winning Gold for Qatar at the Asian Games.

Femi Ogunode, winning Gold for Qatar at the Asian Games.

 

Former Nigerian Youth athlete and now Qatari National Champion and Asian record holder in the 200m, Femi Ogunode says Nigerian athletes were treated badly and neglected while in training in the USA towards the preparation for the commonwealth Games earlier this year.

Speaking passionately when he came for the Diamond League in Lausanne, he revealed to me what some athletes had told him when they had met during the Penn relays in America.

‘ They were sad and complained that they had no money.’ He revealed. ‘ I had to personally give them money to eat. It was embarrassing. These were my colleagues, some my seniors when I was in Nigeria. They begged me for money and food. They had lots of complaints. I think they should be treated well. They are afraid to talk. No one listens to them.’

Femi, who spoke happily and gleefully about how he is being treated in Qatar. This news is coming just as reports in Nigeria reveals that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria ran a slave camp in USA.

‘I am like a king. I am given all i need to train. I am looked after well. My family is with me too and they were given jobs.’

The father of one revealed that he left Nigeria after they were dropped from the Junior team despite qualifying for the major competition.

‘We were all sad. The members of the 4 x 400m relay team, we were dropped from the selection and were not even paid. We were told we were not good enough. It was sad. So when the opportunity came, I took it happily. I love Nigeria but needed to take care of myself and my future, that is why I refused to change my name even when I was told by the Qatari authorities. I said I wanted my identity to remain..I will never change my name or renounce my country.’

Having a chat with Femi just before his race at the Diamond League in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Having a chat with Femi just before his race at the Diamond League in Lausanne, Switzerland.

While the Athletics Federation of Nigeria have gone around shopping for non Nigerian athletes past their prime in the USA, Qatar seems to be getting the best of our young talents. Femi Ogunode is joined in Qatar by his younger brother Tosin, and also Samuel Francis. As a matter of fact the trio formed a relay team with ‘a very young Qatari boy who runs 11 seconds in the 100m’, as Femi put it, and they defeated Nigeria’s national 4x 100m relay team in the Penn Relays earlier this year.

It should be recalled that Nigeria’s male 4 x 100m team have failed to even qualify for the last three major championships as they have been unable to run qualifying times. While Femi was Number 10 in the indoor world ranking this year with 6,51 seconds  in the 60m, and his younger brother was world number 8 with 6.50 seconds.

 

 

‘Pep’ up Champions: Guardiorla Grooms Germany

Champios Germany      PHOTO: BBC Sports

Champios Germany PHOTO: BBC Sports

 

Yeah…Germany are the world cup champions but also Spain were four years ago. So whats the news?
Six of the players that won for Spain four years ago came from Barcelona- Coached by Pep Guardiorla.
Six of these players that won for Germany came from Bayern Munich…Yes you got it …Coached by Pep Guardiola. So the recipe to win the World cup is simple…get six of your players from Pep Guardiola’s team.

Olympic Gold Medallist elected London Councillor

Fidelis Gadzama....What next?

Fidelis Gadzama….What next?

Sydney 2000 Olympics heats: L-R Udo-Obong, Gadzama,Awazie and Chukwu

Sydney 2000 Olympics heats: L-R Udo-Obong, Gadzama,Awazie and Chukwu

Nigeria’s  Fidelis Tafida Gadzama has been elected into the local council in Merton near London. He was elected  in May during the British General elections under the Labour party. He will be representing the Canon Hill Ward. So far his new post has seen him record 100% attendance in meetings and he has been appointed into the Children and Young People Overview and scrutiny Panel Committee.

Team of 2000: L-R Enee udo-Obong,Jude Monye, wife of Sunday Bada, Nduka Awazie, Clement Chukwu and Fidelis Gadzama awaiting the reception by the Government of Nigeria in their honour.

Team of 2000: L-R Enee udo-Obong,Jude Monye, wife of Sunday Bada, Nduka Awazie, Clement Chukwu and Fidelis Gadzama awaiting the reception by the Government of Nigeria in their honour.

Fidelis Gadzama had a distinguished career as an an athlete in Nigeria winning the African Junior championships in 1997 in 400m. He was a member of the Nigerian Team to the World Championships in Seville and The All African Games in South Africa. His biggest success came when he helped the Nigerian Team to win Gold at the Sydney Olympics. For this he was rewarded by the President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and also honoured in his council in London where  he  told the Wimbledon Guardian “It was an amazing feeling. We fought for it for a long time.”One of the team tested positive but they were still defiant.”But when Michael Johnson handed over his own medal that is when we knew that it was inevitable and that our medals would be given.”It was my first Olympics and was very happy to be part of it.”

Fidelis Gadzama with Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton Council.

Fidelis Gadzama with Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton Council.

In the original race Jamaica finished third and the Bahamas fourth.

Mr Fidelis added: “I was honoured to collect my gold medal from the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, in a wonderful ceremony with my other colleagues in the 400m relay squad.”It means a lot to me and to my family “I now want to use my links in the world of athletics to help others to take up sporting activities in Merton.”

Gadzama, who  has been a critic of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, in which he is a board member is now said to be vying for election in Nigeria as the Governor of Kaduna State. We will keep you posted.

Commonwealth Games: How we gunned down our Sporting Hero.

 

Nigeria's and Black Africa's First commonwealth Gold Medalist. His life suddenly cut short.

Nigeria’s and Black Africa’s First commonwealth Gold Medalist. His life suddenly cut short.

 

Many may not know or even have heard of him….but Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna deserves a Nigerian national honour. He was the first black African to win a gold medal. Sadly he was shot publicly by the General Ojukwu led Biafran army while trying to prevent a war which cost Nigerians two million of its citizens. As the Commonwealth games draws closer, the British broadsheet, the Guardian, carries his story. Click here to read how the life of the pride of Black Africa was sadly ended.

Bienvenido! Sanchez is a Gunner.

Sanchez; Biggest transfer into the EPL this summer so far

Sanchez; Biggest transfer into the EPL this summer so far

Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez has signed for Arsenal from Barcelona on a long-term contract for in the region of £35million. This is a fantastic coup by Arsenal on Liverpool who tried to use Suarez as a bargaining chip for the Chilean. However, Arsene Wenger’s meeting with the player in Brazil is said to have sealed the deal for the FA cup champions. See some of Sanchez’ highlighs below.

After the 7 Goals, Brazil sets new Goal…..RIO 2016

 

Brazil look to the future....

Brazil look to the future….

Just 24 hours after a humiliating national disaster in football, Brazilians are setting their eyes to delivering a great Olympic Games hoping it would bring better memories than the World cup has.

In a nation recovering from the financial and footballing crises, it would hope the Ideals and the humanitarian  feel of a friendly Olympics would wipe whatever negative vibes flowing around this soccer crazy nation.

IOC president Thomas Bach says now the challenge for Rio 2016 organizers is delivering and testing the Olympic venues.   Thomas Bach found himself in an awkward situation, supporting his native Germany in the World Cup semifinal against Brazil, the country that will host the next Olympics.

“It is not only a shock for the Brazilians, I think it is for everybody,” Bach said after the match. “Such a result can only happen when you have these kind of circumstances.”

At the conclusion of the IOC executive board meetings in Lausanne, Bach will fly to Rio on Wednesday night and attend Sunday’s final at the Maracana. He is also expected to meet with Brazilian government officials and Olympic organizers to discuss Rio’s delay-plagued preparations for the 2016 Games.

A Brazil win in the World Cup would have been an ideal result for Olympic organizers, with the national euphoria carrying over to the Rio Games. The billions of dollars spent on both events have led to large protests.

But Bach said Brazil’s smooth running of the World Cup has already done its part to help the Olympics.

It would be recalled that despite the delays in preparations, the IOC is confident the Brazilians would deliver a successful games.

Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman briefed the IOC executive board on the progress of preparations this morning in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Olympics 2028: Budapest Brags…

Budapest: A charming historical city with an unmatched night-life...what aGames it would be..2028

Budapest: A charming historical city with an unmatched night-life…what a Games it would be.

The beautiful city of Budapest, the Hungarian Capital are hopeful of hosting the 2028 Olympic Games. The president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee says that the city’s Olympic aspirations are now “more than just a dream.”

This may be a little premature as the International Olympic Committee are not due to announce the host of the 2028 games till 2021, a year after the Tokyo Games.

However, Budapest, host of the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival, an event the HOC president called a dress rehearsal for an Olympic bid is not waiting for then to make itsb intention known.

Budapest is no stranger to the Olympic bid, having bided unsuccessfully five times before.

My take: Dreams are for achievers…ride on Budapest.

Pistorius Hopes…As Defense rests Case.

Sadness and reflections (left) as Pistorius remembers glory days.

Sadness and reflections (below) as Pistorius remembers glory days.

Pistorius reflects on glory days(right)

 

The defense team for South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius rested its case on Tuesday.

Closing arguments are slated for early next month. Sports medicine doctor Wayne Derman, who has worked with Pistorius for six years, took the stand as the final witness for the defense.

After the closing arguments, it will be up to Judge Thokozile Masipa to decide whether the double-amputee sincerely made a mistake or intentionally murdered Steenkamp.

If found guilty, the double amputee could face a jail sentence ranging from 15 years to life.