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FILE PHOTO- A passerby wearing a protective face mask walks past a screen showing the logo of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, April 14, 2021. REUTERS-Issei Kato

Tokyo 2020 set to make decision on fans as public viewing events scrapped

A decision over whether spectators will be allowed to attend the delayed Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo is set to be made on Monday (June 21).
Richarlison admitted Neymar will be missed by Brazil but the forward is confident he can help fill the void left by the star captain.

Brazil ask Everton to release Richarlison for Olympics

According to The Liverpool Echo, Everton remain reluctant to agree to the 24-year-old playing in Tokyo and so it looks unlikely he will get his wish to play in the tournament.
South Africa's 400m Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk looks on as he attends South African Championships in Germiston, South Africa, April 25, 2019. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

Wayde van Niekerk finally qualifies to defend Olympic 400m title

Olympic 400m champions Wayde van Niekerk belatedly confirmed he will defend his title at the Tokyo Games, finishing inside the qualifying time in Madrid on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO - Kenyan athletes warm up before a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, May 8, 2021. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Kenya unveils team for Tokyo Olympics

Kenya unveiled its Tokyo Olympics squad on Saturday with a list of more than 40 athletes including world champion Hellen Obiri and defending 1,500m Olympic gold medallist Faith Chepngetich.
Officials in Tokyo are forging ahead with hosting the Olympics from July 23. Philip FONG-AFP

Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites

Tokyo will cancel all public Olympics viewing events in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, the city governor said Saturday.
Athletics - IAAF Diamond League - Golden Gala - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 31, 2018 Luvo Manyonga of South Africa celebrates winning the Men's long jump REUTERS/Tony Gentile

South African long jumper gets four-year ban for anti-doping violation

Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga is set to miss the Tokyo Games after being banned for four years for a second anti-doping rule violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Western and Southern Open tournament in protest over Jacob Blake's shooting.

Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal withdraw from Wimbledon

The Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the 2021 Wimbledon tournament, citing her struggle with depression and anxiety as the cause.
Neymar netted on 33 minutes and his corner was headed home by Marquinhos just prior to the hour mark at the Parc des Princes, with Cameroonian forward Ignatius Ganago pulling a goal back for Lens.

Brazil’s Neymar to miss Tokyo Olympics

Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, will not play for Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics, but veteran Daniel Alves did make the squad announced Thursday.
The giant Olympic rings are seen through a tree at the waterfront area of Odaiba Marine Park, 50 days before the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan to ease state of emergency, focus on Olympics spectators

Japan said on Thursday it would ease emergency coronavirus curbs in nine prefectures including Tokyo while keeping some measures, including limiting spectator numbers at big events, amid fears that next month's Olympics could trigger a surge in infections.
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Tokyo Olympic trials: Senegal, Ivory Coast arrive Lagos for invitational relays

Two out of the seven countries confirmed for the invitational relays scheduled as part of Nigeria’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic trials have arrived Lagos for the event.
Nigeria duo of Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare have been disqualified from taking part in the men and women’s 200m and 4x100m relays of the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for breaching of competition rules.

Tokyo Olympics trials: Blessing Okagbare faces toughest hurdle in recent years

Nigeria queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare, will today, Thursday, June 17, face the toughest hurdle at the National Trials as she look forward to winning her eighth national title
A tight French title race culminates Sunday with table toppers Lille a win away from dethroning Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain as champions.

PSG to block Neymar, Kylian Mbappe from Tokyo Olympics

Paris Saint-Germain will not let Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marquinhos or any of their players travel to Tokyo for the Olympic Games this summer, sources have told ESPN.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

AFN sets June 16-21 dates for national trials and invitational relays

2021 National Championships and Invitational Relays will hold between Wednesday, June 16 and Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Yaba College of Technology Sports ground in Yaba, Lagos, according to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has explained why his team suffered a shock defeat to Jamaica, at the four-nation Summer Series tournament in the United States.

Summer Series: Super Falcons aim for victory vs Portugal

Jamaica and are determined to earn victory against Portugal on Sunday, in the second of their three-match programme in the Summer Series in the United States of America.

Top swimmers form alliance to push for change, more money

Former Olympic champion Matt Biondi and a list of top swimmers announced an alliance on Tuesday to push for more say in how the sport is run and financial rewards for competing at global events like the Olympics.
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.

Senior Olympic official dies after jumping in front of underground train in Tokyo

According to News24, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department are treating the tragedy as suicide and investigating the incident.
Coach Mike Brown, the Golden State Warriors’ Associate Head Coach has agreed to coach Nigeria’s men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, after agreeing to terms with the federation.

D’Tigers coach in dilemma over Olympics, Afrobasket team

Nigeria coach Mike Brown has said that he may be forced to pick two different teams in the coming two months, as the Olympics and Afrobasket tournaments are within two weeks of each other.
Japan has been backed into a corner over the Tokyo Games, a member of the country’s Olympic committee said Friday, arguing the virus-postponed event has “lost meaning” – but adding that it’s too late to cancel.

Japan ‘cornered’ on Tokyo Olympics – committee member

Japan has been backed into a corner over the Tokyo Games, a member of the country’s Olympic committee said Friday, arguing the virus-postponed event has “lost meaning” – but adding that it’s too late to cancel.

Coronavirus stops Lagos from hosting African Athletics Championships

The 2021 edition of the African Athletics Championships will no longer be held in Lagos, Nigeria as earlier anticipated.
Ese Brume

Chioma Ajunwa: I’m happy Ese Brume broke my long jump record

Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medal winner Chioma Ajunwa has expressed delight that 25-year-old long jump record was broken by Ese Brume.
The Tokyo Olympics chief said the Games would only be cancelled in extreme circumstances on Thursday as organisers revealed 10,000 volunteers had quit over coronavirus fears, a sexism row and scheduling problems.

Olympics chief says cancellation unlikely as 10,000 volunteers quit

The Tokyo Olympics chief said the Games would only be cancelled in extreme circumstances on Thursday as organisers revealed 10,000 volunteers had quit over coronavirus fears, a sexism row and scheduling problems.
Liverpool have been warned that Mohamed Salah will look to move on if “a better offer comes in”, with the Egyptian’s former coach not surprised by renewed talk of interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Mo Salah ‘wants’ to play for Egypt at Olympics

That’s according to Egypt’s Under-23 team coach Shawky Gharib, who claims the forward has confirmed he wants to represent his country in the Tokyo competition.

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One female student was found dead in the forest by troops tracking the kidnappers, Nigerian army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement. Those who were rescued were freed after an exchange of fire in the early hours of Friday.

Nigerian troops rescue more FGC Yauri students, staff

Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have successfully rescued three more students and one staffer of the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State.
Phil Foden's performances at international level have been adversely affected by his style of play at Manchester City according to Wayne Rooney, who insists that the England star is not a dribbler.

Euro 2020: Phil Foden hits back at Gareth Southgate’s critics

Phil Foden has defended Gareth Southgate after the England manager was criticised for his side’s spluttering start at Euro 2020.
Manchester United have identified Alexander Isak as an alternative target to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer, The Star reports.

Chelsea manager Tuchel turning to Sweden’s Alexander Isak

According to AS, Isak is among a number of targets that Chelsea could pursue instead, the 21-year-old who has previously been linked with Arsenal is one of the continent’s most sought-after forwards and has impressed for Sweden at Euro 2020.

Oyo NUJ charges governor, police to arrest killers of journalist

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, has called on the state government and Police Command to fish out the killers of an Ibadan-based journalist, Titus Badejo.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commended the patience and understanding displayed by the Muslim faithful in observing Ramadhan fast and celebrating this year’s Sallah under quarantine conditions.

Kaduna governor visits communities terrorised by bandits, condoles with families

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday paid a confidence-building visit to communities affected by bandit attacks around the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Chikun LGA.

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Botswana says found world’s ‘third largest’ diamond

Botswanan diamond firm Debswana said Wednesday it had unearthed a 1 098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.

Mob sets truck ablaze after fatal accident

An angry mob set ablaze a truck belonging to the Dangote Group after it fatally hit two people on Friday evening along Dangote-Ibeshe road in Yewa North Local Government area of Ogun.
King Mswati III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland, known as eSwatini. Timothy A Clary-AFP

eSwatini youth stage rare rural protest against monarchy

Police in eSwatini on Saturday clashed with a rural demonstration demanding democratic reforms in Africa's last absolute monarchy, an AFP reporter said.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Delta governor task NBA on professionalism, crusade against corruption

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has called on the Nigerian Bar Association to always maintain professional standards and join in the crusade against corruption in order to bequeath a nation of achievers as well creator of wealth and entrepreneurship to the next generation.

South African police probe death of 20 ‘illegal miners’

South African police have opened an investigation after 20 unidentified bodies were found in the gold mining town of Orkney.