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A First Of Its Kind As Gateway Games Ogun 2024 Goes Digital

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It will be a first of its type as the Games of the 22nd edition of the National Sports Festival gets its own apps aiming to revolutionise the overall experience of what will easily pass as the best edition ever.

Never before in the past 50 years had a mobile application been developed for the National Sports Festival.

But the 2024 edition, codenamed “Gateway Games, ” opens new gates for innovation.
It is at the verge of a revolution that will give the attendees, the athletes, organisers and sponsors a new experience by the leverage of state-of-the-art technology.

A mobile app is being developed that will take the Gateway Games beyond the confines of Nigeria, giving the global audience a real-time experience on their mobile phones and computers.

According to Abiola Odetola, who is working on digitalizing the Gateway Games, two companies, VerveTree Global Resources and Karpos Creation Limited are working on the development of the cutting-edge app.

While making a presentation to the Local Organising Committee at a retreat at the sumptuous facilities of Beyond Limits Football Academy in Ikenne, Odetola remarked that he gained inspiration from experiences at the Qatar 2022 World Cup and organisers’ preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

He disclosed that spectators and fans will enjoy real-time access to event schedules, live streaming and athletes’ profiles.
“This will foster a deeper connection of the people with the sports they love”, remarked Odetola.

The package will feature personalised schedules for the athletes and teams.
The organisers and volunteers will also benefit from the robust event management tools, ensuring efficient coordination and seamless festival execution.

It will also be a haven for sponsors and partners of the National Sports Festival as they will gain unparalleled brand visibility through strategic integrations and promotional opportunities.

The app will also serve as an event management tool for volunteer registration as well as for logistics and coordination.

It will give access to real-time data on attendance, ticket sales and venue capacities.
Apart from being a social media integration tool, the app developers also disclosed that it will be an efficient communication channel for coordinating with volunteers, staff and stakeholders.

It will enable spectators and fans, especially those outside Ogun State to browse and book accommodation listed by the hospitality partners.

It also becomes useful for emergency communication, especially the ones that require rapid response and security issues.

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Ministry partners Yucateco to develop boxing in Nigeria

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The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has expressed the Ministry’s readiness to partner with the Yucateco boxing promotions, organizers of the Yucateco Boxing League to develop boxing in Nigeria

Enoh made this known when he received Omolei Yakubu, CEO Yucateco boxing promotions in his office in Abuja on Thursday.

The Minister said the partnership with Yucateco Boxing promotions is expected to yield a range of initiatives aimed at nurturing talents, organizing competitions, and providing necessary support structures for athletes across Nigeria.

“The cornerstone and future of our sports resides at the grassroots level thus I am excited to engage with individuals who work at the grassroots level. Our country has a glorious past in boxing, but it is gradually losing that glory. Nigerians have the innate ability to excel in any sports, including boxing,” Enoh said.

“Having won Olympic gold medals in long jump and football we should win a gold medal in boxing. Through strategic partnerships such as this with Yucateco Boxing Promotion, we aim to tap into the vast talent pool within our nation and provide avenues for aspiring boxers to excel on both national and international platforms.”

Yakubu said that the sports ministry’s desire to partner with Yucateco is a testament to the growth and work done over the years saying, “What we have done is out there for everyone to see, and I am not surprised we are getting this level of recognition at this time.

“The responsibility has become even bigger with our collaboration with the sports ministry, like I have said before, our aim is to make global stars from these ones you see today as amateur or local pugilists. Our drive to change the narrative in nigerian boxing is born out of our passion to grow the sports from the grass-roots, we are ready to put our nation on the map again.”

Season one of the Yucateco boxing league came to a close recently in Lagos with the top boxing club pocketing a whopping N20m. The star boxer of the season also went home with a brand new car.

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14th Biennial Games To Produce New Talents-Force PPRO

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The Nigeria Police Force and the Oyo State Government have reaffirmed their commitment to stage a world-class 14th biennial Police Games.
The event with the theme ‘Competing for peace, unity, stability and development of the country is slated to hold from Saturday, 24th February to next week Saturday, 2nd March 2024 in Ibadan the capital city of Oyo State.
Speaking at the press briefing held in Ibadan, the Force PPRO, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi stated that the 14th biennial games will produce new talents for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the country at large.
He further revealed that the sporting event will promote peace, and stability in the country and reduce crime activities in the country.
According to the PPRO, “We are tired of hearing old names of athletes, many of them have retired and we want to use the games to recruit new talents that will represent Nigeria and West Africa in sporting activities.
“We are expecting over 4000 athletes from the 17 zonal commands across the country. Our Presence in Oyo State will improve security and economic status of the State”.
ACP Adejobi maintained that the NPF is fully committed to taking the lead in sporting development while revealing that the game will strengthen the unity of the country.
He, however, commended the Oyo state government for accepting to host the 14th Police Games stating that the state government has set the pace for others
to follow.
Speaking further, the Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Miss Wasilat Adegoke, further re-affirmed the commitment of the state government to hold the sporting festival, adding that the presence of police contingency and sport-loving fans will improve the security and economic growth of the state.
The CPS to the Oyo State Governor, Pastor Olanrewaju Sulaimon stated that the hosting of the sporting event is a blessing to the state.
He said, “Oyo state is fully ready and prepared to make the 8th-day event a success. We are hopeful that the event will produce future Olympic winners for Nigeria. It will be an exciting event and create a new dawn in athletics in Nigeria”.

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Falcons, Lionesses battle for Olympic ticket in Douala

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After missing out on the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for three consecutive times, Super Falcons face another daunting task against fierce rivals Cameroon for a spot at the 2024 edition in Paris later this year.

This crucial two-legged tie, set for February 23 and 26, stands as the penultimate hurdle to securing a coveted spot in Paris 2024.

The Falcons eliminated Ethiopia in the second round to get to this round, where they battle the Lionesses — who beat Uganda 3-2 on aggregate — in the final qualifiers for Paris 2024 as they hope to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since Beijing 2008.

The first leg of the encounter will take place at the Stade de la Reunification in Douala on Friday (today), with the Confederation of African Football appointing Ugandan Shamirah Nabadda as the centre referee for the match.

Buoyed by the return of head coach, Randy Waldrum, who is set to be on the touchline for the first time since their World Cup outing last year in Australia and New Zealand, the Falcons will leave no stone unturned in their quest for Olympic qualification.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ifeoma Onumonu believes the Falcons have the quality to earn a berth in Paris 2024.

“I am really confident of our qualification because I think we have a good team, we are together and we are prepared, and I think we are going to beat this team both away and in our home, no disrespect to them though,” Onumonu told paimedia.com.

“I want to promise we are going to be at this year’s Olympics, I mean we haven’t been there for years, so that is our real number one goal, anything can happen in this game, but our focus right now is to beat Cameroon.”

Waldrum has assembled a squad of 21 players, who travelled to Douala for the crucial first-leg encounter.

The team will then return to Abuja for the return leg against the Lionesses at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

 

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