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Christian Coleman (centre) was the fastest qualifier in the men’s 100m heats despite slowing to a trot by the end of his race. Christian Petersen-Getty Images

100 metre world champion Christian Coleman suspended for anti-doping violation

100 metre world champion Christian Coleman has been provisionally suspended after he violated anti-doping rules by missing a third test.
FILE PHOTO - South Africa's Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games gold medalist, Wayde van Niekerk (L) and his coach, Ans Botha look on after their arrival at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. September 7,2016. REUTERS

Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk leaves long-time coach to train in the US

Olympic 400 metres champion Wayde van Niekerk has temporarily separated from long-time coach ‘Tannie’ Ans Botha to train in the United States under renowned sprint mentor Lance Brauman.
Japan’s Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, is in line to lead the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, just over five months before the delayed Games are due to open, according to media reports.

Japan Olympics minister to accept job as head of Tokyo 2020

Japan’s Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto, a woman who has competed in seven Olympic Games, said on Thursday she had resigned from cabinet in preparation for becoming the next Tokyo 2020 president, after the previous chief quit due to sexist comments.
FILE PHOTO - Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019 - Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase Final - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - September 30, 2019 Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech celebrates winning gold REUTERS-Dylan Martinez

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech breaks 5km world record in Monaco

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech broke the 5 kilometres world record on Sunday, finishing in a time of 14 minutes 43 seconds round the streets of Monaco to clip one second off the old mark.
Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee President, Yoshiro Mori, may need to step down after the sexist remarks he made went public.

Tokyo Olympics chief to resign for sexist comments

Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee President, Yoshiro Mori, may need to step down after the sexist remarks he made went public.
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Tobi Amusan runs 7.99 seconds in Lievin

Nigeria’s Tobiloba Amusan ran 7.99 seconds to place fourth in the 60m hurdles final behind Dutch woman, Naddine Visser (7.91), Nooralotta Neziri of Finland (7.91) and USA’s Christina Clemons (7.91) at the Lievin World Athletics Indoor tour Tuesday night.
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Guinness Book of World Records recognises Blessing Okagbare

Nigerian athlete, Blessing Okagbare, has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only athlete to have attended the Athletics Diamond Meetings 67 times.
No socialising, no handshakes and definitely no hugs – that’s what athletes at the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics can expect this summer, according to a virus rulebook released Tuesday by organisers.

Olympic organisers ban hugs or high-fives as athlete rulebook debuts

No socialising, no handshakes and definitely no hugs – that’s what athletes at the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics can expect this summer, according to a virus rulebook released Tuesday by organisers.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr. Sunday Dare has commended Total E&P Nigeria Ltd for their commitment towards the Development of Basketball as well as the Youth.

National Sports Festival postponed till April

The 20th National Sports Festival slated to begin on February 14 in Benin, Edo State has once again been postponed till April.
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Blessing Okagbare runs two personal bests in 60m, 200m

Nigeria’s undisputed queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare stormed to an impressive 7.10 seconds to win the 60m event at the American track league three held Sunday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Blessing Okagbare set for first 200m indoor race in 10 years

Nigeria’s 200m outdoor record holder at 22.04 seconds, Blessing Okagbare, will be hoping for a historic return to the half lap indoor track at the Randal Tyson Indoor Centre in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA where the third leg of the American Track League will hold today.
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) of South Africa has announced that it will reduce convicted killer Oscar Pistorius’ sentence after it emerged that its judgment failed to consider the 506 days that he had already served for the murder of girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius will be eligible for parole in March 2023

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) of South Africa has announced that it will reduce convicted killer Oscar Pistorius’ sentence after it emerged that its judgment failed to consider the 506 days that he had already served for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Friday the Olympic Games were facing a “major issue” after the head of the organising committee made sexist remarks, with criticism of his comments showing no sign of abating.

Tokyo governor says Olympics facing ‘major issue’ after Yoshiro Mori’s sexist remarks

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Friday the Olympic Games were facing a “major issue” after the head of the organising committee made sexist remarks, with criticism of his comments showing no sign of abating.

Mo Farah wins virtual sports world cancer solidarity challenge

Mo Farah wins the World Cancer Day Solidarity Challenge. The four-time Olympic champion beats World football champion Robert Pires, and Ada Hegerberg to win cycle race in aid of World Cancer Day.
Fastest British woman Dina Asher-Smith has revealed that she had to engage a psychologist to keep mentally strong in the midst of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dina Asher-Smith: How I remained mentally alert amidst lockdown

Fastest British woman Dina Asher-Smith has revealed that she had to engage a psychologist to keep mentally strong in the midst of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
CNOSF President Denis Masseglia said that, while he understood that Olympic competitors could not jump the vaccine queue, unvaccinated athletes would find things “extremely difficult” in Tokyo.

Olympics: French committee head sees ‘difficult’ Games for non-vaccinated athletes

More than 15,000 competitors expected at the Games, which are due to start on July 23. They were postponed last year because of COVID-19.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Japan doubles down on Tokyo Olympics, denies report of cancellation

Japan doubled down on its commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and flatly denied reports on Friday of a cancellation, in a move that is unlikely to temper public fears of holding the event during a global pandemic

First Kwara Marathon holds January 23

According to the Vice Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Marathon, Mallam Bello Mubaraq, the race is the first in the North Central and was initiated to engage youth positively.
World Athletics is set to rewrite the 2020 season calendar, following disruptions to sports schedules by the unfolding coronavirus drama worldwide.

World Athletics opens bidding for three future series events

World Athletics has announced that potential hosts for three World Athletics Series events including the new World Athletics Road Running Championships, should register their interest by March 1.
Long-distance Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei says he is targeting the 5,000m-10,000m double at the Tokyo Olympics after breaking the world records in both events this year.

Tokyo Olympics: Cheptegei gunning for 5,000m-10,000m double

Long-distance Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei says he is targeting the 5,000m-10,000m double at the Tokyo Olympics after breaking the world records in both events this year.
Queensland has officially resumed its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games after it was placed on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Queensland revives bid for 2032 Olympics and Paralympics

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates was in Brisbane to revive the bid alongside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Council of Mayors chairman Adrian Schrinner.
Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie smashed the half marathon world record by 29 seconds on Sunday, becoming the first person to break 58 minutes at the Valencia Half Marathon.

Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie smashes half marathon world record in Valencia

Kandie, who finished second at the world half marathon championships in Gdynia in October, finished the Spanish annual race in 57 minutes and 32 seconds, breaking the previous record of 58:01 set by compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in September 2019.

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Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.

Yohan Blake: I’d rather miss Olympics than take coronavirus vaccine

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN to revive oil palm sector, stop importation – official

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emiefele, has reiterated the apex bank’s commitment to reviving the oil palm sector with a view to stopping importation of the commodity.

Fire razes over 15 shops in Edo market

Goods worth millions of naira were last Saturday night destroyed by fire, which razed a section of the Ikpoba Hill market in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s central bank plans to strengthen Naira, economy through $15 billion Dangote refinery

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has concluded plans to strengthen the Naira, and by extension the nation’s economy through the $15 billion Dangote Refinery.
Paris Saint-Germain are making a move for Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City boss: Kun Aguero needs time to return to best form

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero needs time to rediscover his best form after a lengthy spell out and the Argentine will have to fight for his spot in the squad, manager Pep Guardiola said.

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NACA: Nigeria among six countries defying coronavirus impact on HIV-AIDS

The National Action for Control of AIDS (NACA) has said that Nigeria and six other countries — Jamaica, Rwanda, Mozambique, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Botswana — are the nations in the world that have shown great resilience in withstanding the Covid-19 impact on HIV-AIDS epidemic.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan: Why my administration focused on education

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has described education as the key to nation-building and manpower development.

Crypto ban: CBN chief honours National Assembly invitation

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This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, while addressing journalists on the move by the government to solve the protracted conflict over the competition of land, water, and pasture by herders and farmers.

Nigerian government maps out 30 grazing reserves for livestock transformation plan project implementation

As the conflict between herders and farmers continues to rage, the Federal Government has disclosed mapping out 30 grazing reserves for implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, as a lasting solution to the crisis.
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DSS arrests Kano governor’s aide over ‘tweets’

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, is currently in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) after calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to tender his resignation, in the wake of a spate of abductions targeting school students.