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AIBA 2021: Nigerian boxers yet to begin camping for world tourney

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AIBA 2021: Nigerian boxers yet to begin camping for world tourney

With barely two weeks to the start of the 2021 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Nigerian boxers are yet to begin camping for the event.
The event is scheduled for October 26 to November 6, with the opening ceremony and official draw billed for October 24.

Our correspondent learnt that a total of eight boxers are expected to represent the country at the championships.

A Lagos-based boxer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The PUNCH that he and some of his colleagues were in the dark over their participation at the global championship.

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“We have been training personally for over two months now and we are not even sure if we will attend the event, which starts in two weeks time,” the boxer said.

“The Nigeria Boxing Federation is yet to contact us (boxers) on plans for our participation.”

AIBA 2021: Nigerian boxers yet to begin camping for world tourney

AIBA confirmed that in each weight category, the prize for first place is $100,000, while silver and bronze medallists will receive $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

Our correspondent learnt that the newly elected NBF board has started the process of appealing for funds for the team to travel for the competition.

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“We are aware of the championship and we are making frantic efforts to ensure that we get funds to fly the team for the tournament,” a member of the NBF told The PUNCH.

Meanwhile, national boxing coach Anthony Konyegwachie has expressed disappointment at the boxers’ inability to attend major tournaments in the last two years.

“Every time we have a competition, what we hear them say is that there’s no money and that is very disheartening. The boxers have not competed in AIBA events in the last two years. They only get to attend competitions like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. This isn’t good for these athletes, their dream is to represent the country and win medals.”

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Grassroot boxing hunt: 41 Potential Boxers Discovered In Awgu LGA, Enugu

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Sports fans in Mgbowo Community at Awgu LGA in Enugu State Nigeria applauded the technical skills of ex international boxer Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo in Grassroot boxing talent hunt discovering conducted on 27/10/21 at Mgbowo Villages .

As parents presented their Children who are interested in the field of Boxing to participate in 17 LGA,s of Enugu State grassroot boxing talent hunt going on in Awgu LGA.

27 males were selected while 14 female were selected After A successful training by Sports Ambassador Boxing Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo.

Grassroot boxing hunt: 41 Potential Boxers Discovered In Awgu, LGA Enugu

Among those selected are; (1) Igwe kelechi (2)Thiophilus Ifeanyi chukwu (3) Udechukwu David (4) Onunwa obinna (5) Udeji Kasima (6) Azi Emmanuel (7) David Akachukwu (8) Esom Justine (9) Akachukwu Pual (10) OZIOMA John (11) Okolomba Joseph (12) Ngene Joel (13) Amata Isiidore (14) Onyekwere Henry (15) Onuigbo Chidera (16) Ikwuagwu Joshua (17) uzoigwe Augustine (18) Otu Patrick (19) Ngozi Ositadinma (20) Udekwe Daniel (21) Udeme Chimdindi (22) innocent Stanley (23) Mba Ikechukwu (24) Adichie Henry (25) Ndubuisi Joseph (26) Nwaru Charles (27) Obasi Eric while among the females are Rachel Nnakwe, Uzor Jullet, Anya. Ijeoma, Onu Favour, Akpa Adaeze, Ogbonnaya favour, Okolie favour, Ernerst Chioma, Akpa patience, chukwu favour, Chukwu Amarachi, Ibe onyinyechi and, Gabriel Ifeabuchi.

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Court Restrains Bash Ali, Bars Him From Defaming Sports Minister

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The Honourable Justice O.C. Agbaza of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Wednesday issued a restraining order, barring Bash Ali from further making or publishing any denigrating or defamatory material against the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

It will be recalled that sometime in April, 2021, Bash Ali had in a letter, which he made available to the public, made several allegations against the Honourable Minister. The Honourable Minister denied those allegations and to assert his innocence, the Honourable Minister filed Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/1269/2021 seeking injunctive reliefs and pecuniary damages from Bash Ali on account of the defamatory publication. Despite the pendency of this suit, Bash Ali recently published a video on social media in which he repeated those false allegations against the Honourable Minister and also issued several threats against the Honourable Minister and the Ministry.

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In response, the Honourable Minister through his counsel, Festus Keyamo Chambers, filed an Interlocutory application with Motion No. M/7145/2021 seeking an order restraining Bash Ali from further denigrating the Honourable Minister until the pending suit is resolved one way or the other. The Honourable Court presided over by Honourable Justice O.C. Agbaza granted the reliefs sought by the Honourable Minister in the morning of 27th October, 2021.

Court Restrains Bash Ali, Bars Him From Defaming Sports Minister

While confirming this position, counsel to the Honourable Minister, Festus Ukpe, Esq of Festus Keyamo Chambers further stated that by virtue of this order, any further denigrating or defamatory publication by Bash Ali against the Honourable Minister is contemptuous of the majesty of the court and is punishable as a crime under our laws. The matter is now adjourned till 15th November, 2021 for further hearing.

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Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has reportedly prevented the club from sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Newspremises reports.

This was made known by transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, in a Tweet on Tuesday morning.

Accord to him, senior officials at Old Trafford held an urgent meeting on Monday, to brainstorm on whether to sack Solskjaer or not.

However, during the discussions, Ferguson made a case for Solskjaer to continue as the team prepares for a trip to Tottenham Hotspur next.

The meeting took place 24 hours after United were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool at home in the Premier League.

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Romano tweeted: “Manchester United internal talks. Main part of board [Sir Alex Ferguson too] wants to give Solskjær another chance to be in charge for Tottenham game.

“Pressure still high around Ole. No official talks with Antonio Conte – but he’d accept the job in the next days too.”

It is understood that Solskjaer took training on Tuesday morning ahead of the fixture.

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