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Stakeholders Call For Decisive Action Against Drug Abuse in Sports



The need to have one voice against the use of illicit substances by Nigerian athletes and the youths in the country to have a safe healthy environment has once again come to the front burner at the recently held national symposium organized by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos chapter with collaboration with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Defence Headquarters, Nigeria Police, Lagos State Sports Commission and other relevant agencies in the country on the danger of using illicit and enhance drugs in sports.

Held at the prestigious Golfview Hotel & Conference Centre at GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, various speakers at the one-day event believe that the alarming surge in the use of illicit substances by the youths calls for concern.

Kudos were given to the leadership of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria Police and other relevant agencies in the war against drug abuse in the country, while Nigerians were also enjoined to see the crusade as a war that must jointly be won.

Speaking on the topic “NDLEA, a Tool for an Enhanced Nigeria”, DCN Chinyerem Eziaghhihala, Deputy Commander, Drug Demand Reduction, NDLEA, raises the alarm that the pandemic is now affecting all sectors of Nigerian society, adding that with cannabis the most used substance, more young people, both male and female, are getting involved most frighteningly.

She said the NDLEA is not resting on its oars, and armed with its two broad mandates: Drug Supply Reduction and Drug Demand Reduction, the war is being won gradually as against what was obtainable in the past.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who is also a co-convener of the symposium talked about the Role of the Nigeria Police Force in Sports Development in Nigeria. According to him, there is a biotic relationship between the Nigeria Police Force and sports development, as the police have contributed immensely to national sports achievement through many of its officers who have won laurels for the country.

CP Fayoade said the NPF plays its roles well in national sports development in several ways which include the provision of sports facilities, partnership with national sports federations, and providing security at sports events among others.

Dr. (Mrs) Yemisi Folasire, Head of Human Nutrition and Diabetic Public Health College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, who represented the Vice Chancellor of UI, in her presentation, Sports Nutrition and Doping emphasized the need for sportsmen and women to eat a good diet at all times, adding that the only way to keep elevating their game is through constant training.

Dr. Folasire submitted that “doping might provide a shortcut, but it is cheating – pure and simple.”

To the Chief Convener of the Symposium and chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Lagos Chapter), Ms. Olatutu Oladunni, diplomacy and security has been a binding force that complements each other amidst irreconcilable differences, adding that diplomacy plays critical roles that can’t be overlooked.

According to Oladunni, the first-ever female chairman of SWAN in the history of the association in the southwest of Nigeria, “A human existence is determined by a credible and structured security system and as a safe, secure atmosphere, it gives a reassured hope of flourishing, prospect and peace which however enhance healthy living.

“The effect does reflect in the prosperous nature and brand called sports which has now become a religion of unification and integration of races, colours and status.

“You will agree with me that, it’s been established over the years that the strong binding force for a nation’s existence, peace and flourishing is built around security and diplomatic ties, and this cannot be achieved without balanced foreign relations.

“In line with the commemoration of the International Olympic Committee, IOC, World Anti-Doping Agency, International Drug Law Enforcement Agency, and Word Health Organization, WHO, on securing the environment via advocacy against the use of illicit substances and initiating good collaborations with security agencies to help in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking we put this symposium together and I am so happy that it has been a huge success.

“This second edition of the Symposium/Campaign on Sports Diplomacy, Sports Security and Food Health is an “all-inclusive participation” of professionals across their major area of specialisations, most importantly, from security, diplomatic and health, to convey detailed re-orientation to sports federations, universities, our performing athletes who compete at global stage and youths who are groomed for future sports purpose, as they have been one of the major vulnerable of illicit substances over the years, using it as an energy enhancer.”

Several dignitaries were honoured by Olatutu Oladunni-led Lagos SWAN Executive during the event, among whom were Brigadier General Adegoke Adetuyi, Commander, 9 Brigade Battalion, CP Adegoke Fayoade, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Lekan Fatodu, Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Alhaji Olanrewaju Adesokan of Surrycom Great Nigeria Limited, Sanni Oladunni, CEO of Mol Integrated Services Limited, Austine Oshioke, CEO, Desaju Homes and Security Limited.


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Supporters Club Boss Condoles Nigeria Football Community On Death Of Ekene Adams



The National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Ambassador (Rev). Samuel Ikpea has joined millions of football

The National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Ambassador (Rev). Samuel Ikpea has joined millions of football stakeholders and enthusiasts to commiserate with the members of the Nigeria football community on the death of Hon. Ekene Abubakar Adams.

Hon. Adams, who was the Chairman of the House Of Representatives’ Committee On Youth and Sports, passed on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024, a protracted illness.

In the message of condolence, Ikpea expressed his sadness and grief on the passing of Hon. Adams, which he remarked happened at a period of regeneration of sports in Nigeria.

The boss of NFSC, renowned as Nigeria and Africa’s foremost football fans group, recalled the brief, but momentous achievements and feats of Adams, during his time as General Manager of Remo Stars football club, and also, as President of Kada Stars football club, Kaduna.

“The news of the death of Hon. Adams came to us as a rude and unexpected shock, that would take some time to go away from our hearts,” Ikpea said.

“In his brief sojourn on this earth and particularly, in football and sports, Hon. Adams certainly left indelible marks on the sands of time. We are proud of his life and times.

“We’re pained, but we must continue to thank God for everything. On behalf of all the members of NFSC, at home and in the diaspora, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to his families and associates.

“We pray that God strengthens the family emotionally and spiritually. May God also strengthen and bless all stakeholders in Nigeria sports,” Ikpea prayed.


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Paris Olympics: Nigeria Weightlifters Begin Intense Camping In Abuja



Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France Capital starting next month, Nigeria weightlifters have started intense camping,

Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France Capital starting next month, Nigeria weightlifters have started intense camping, hoping to conquer the world.

The duo of Lawal Rafiatu Folashade and Eze Joy Ọgbonne are Nigeria’s weightlifting flagbearers at the Olympics.

Lawal and Eze are the only two weightlifters who qualified for the Olympics following the International Weightlifting Federation, IWF May 2024 Olympic Qualification Rankings released last week.

Lawal, 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2023 Africa Games gold medalist qualified for the Olympics in the 59kg women’s category after she was ranked 8th with a total of 227kg.

Eze, 2023 Africa Games gold medalist, on her part, was ranked 9th in the 71kg women’s category with a total of 239kg.

Nigeria could have had three lifters at Paris but Edidiong Umoafia who won three gold medals at the African Games in Accra, had a total of 319kg in the 73kg men’s category was ranked 24th.

In the ranking released by IWF, only athletes who are ranked between 1 and 10 qualified for the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF, under the able leadership of Dr Ibrahim Abdul is leaving no stones unturned in ensuring that the weightlifters made Nigerians proud at the Olympics.

The federation, shortly after the athletes returned from Africa Games in March, encamped them in Abuja where they have been training since April 24, 2024.

NWF President, Dr Ibrahim Abdul told journalists in Abuja on Monday, while announcing the Federal Government’s general camping for all Olympic athletes, that the federation started camping ahead of time in order to keep the athletes in shape.

The President who lauded the athletes for their heroics at the Accra 2023 Africa Games, said the early camping became imperative so as to not allow the weightlifters lose their competitive mood.

“First and foremost, the Federal Government, through the Honourable Minister for Sports, Senator John Enoh has opened general camping for all the athletes who will be participating in the Olympics. We at the Weightlifting federation want to use this medium to thank the minister for his efforts in starting camping for the athletes.

“On our part as a federation, our two athletes, Lawal Rufiatu and Eze Joy, who are the only two Weightlifters we have for the Olympics, have been in camp since April 24. The moment they returned from the Africa Games, we didn’t allow them much time. We sent them to camp, at the High Performance Centre, here in Abuja and they have been doing well.

“The reason we started camping early is because we want to keep them in competitive mood. You will recall that both of them won three gold medals each at the African Games, so we felt it is important we don’t allow them to lose their competitive spirit,” he said.

Lawal and Eze will join the other Olympic athletes in Germany from first July, in continuation of their preparations before they fly into France for the Olympic Games.


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What Febbs Water Plans To Offer At 2024 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race



The 2024 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race, which holds in September, promises to be a world-class long distance race and memorable event

The 2024 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race, which holds in September, promises to be a world-class long distance race and memorable event in the ancient city of Abeokuta in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

This is because the organiser, Nilayo Sports Management Company, and its partners are leaving nothing to chance to ensure that the one-day event lives up to expectations.

On Monday 3 June 2024, Nilayo Sports penned a partnership deal with Febbs Premium Drinking Water with a view to have a veritable platform to give runners and spectators a good dehydrating system ever seeing in any marathon race in the country.

While making a presentation at a brief ceremony held at the corporate office of Nilayo Sports at Magodo, Estate in Lagos, the Brand Strategic Manager of Febbs Water, Oluwatoyin Kayode, explained that the company is ready to “make this race the best one yet”.

Kayode outlined the workable plans the water company has in stock.

One of the plans is to put in place some enhanced hydration stations along the route for runners, adding that “more hydration points will be strategically placed to ensure no runner is more than 2km away from water. These stations will be efficient and well-staffed stations to reduce wait times.”

According to Kayode, “Each hydration station will have enthusiastic volunteer cheering on runners, creating a positive and motivating environment, even as Febbs will provide live DJs booths at key hydration points to keep the energy high.”

She said Febbs is planning interactive games or challenges for participants.

“For example, we could have a water -balancing challenge where participants must carry a bottle of water on a tray while navigating an obstacle course. Those who could complete the challenge could win prizes such as branded water bottles and hydration packs.

“Febbs Water could collaborate with local artists to create local themed murals or installations along the race route, offering visual entertainment and photo opportunities for participants and spectators.

“Leveraging our conglomerate’s art and blockchain technology venture, we have direct access to skilled artists capable of bringing this concept to life,” she said.

Kayode further disclosed that Febbs Water will provide custom branding opportunities with personalised water bottles featuring logo of the event and motivational messages.

What are the qualities Febbs Premium Drinking Water is known for? The Brand Strategic Manager says “Our water undergoes vigorous purification process ensuring top-notch quality and taste, which is essential for athletes

“We offer both regular and electrolyte enhanced water options to different hydration needs.”

She said “Febbs water is committeed to enhancing water hydration experience at the Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race.

“We look forward to the opportunity of refreshing the runners contributing to a successful and memorable event.”


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